E- Health

"The role of next generation communication systems in rural medicine: From 5G to 6G challenges and opportunities."

9th May 2022
Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Held by: Cindy Fedell


e-Health services are in need of continuous development to cope with the increase in aging population and reduction in available resources. Advancement in technology has been an important factor in such development of the e-Health services delivery. Advanced technologies such as 5G and beyond, AI and Machine-Learning will play an important role in the efficient and effective delivery of such services. While the 5G technology is in place, the challenge to bring the 5G into services, communities and business remains huge. At a time when spending on public services has never been under greater scrutiny, 5G will allow organisations related to health sector to utilise new services to improve efficiency, productivity and to save money in the long term, helping to automate processes otherwise taking up large proportions of budget and time. At the same time the engagement of these technologies in patient care have the ability to significantly improve care and even in emergency situations save patients’ lives. It is becoming apparent, 5G technology presents an opportunity to transform e-Health services, enabling them to share a much wider range of communications data including video. Furthermore, machine learning applications related on scene and video analysis, augmented reality for training and information sharing are technologies that will benefit from 5G networks providing improved and real time solutions. This will have a significant impact on effectiveness and efficiency of the related service delivery. This workshop will bring together technologists, researchers, medical professionals, policy makers and government to debate on the use of advances technologies in support of healthcare systems in local, rural and remote communities. These experts will discuss the current challenges in healthcare provision and plans in place for these communities.


14:00 – 14:10

Welcome by Cindy Fedell 

14:10 – 14:20

Introduction to the WWRF EMW WG by Dr Costas Danas 

Rural Medicine Overview

14:20 – 14:45

Remote Northwestern Ontario Healthcare Challenges in the Digital Chasm, Dr. Lisa Habermehl – Rural GP, Red Lake area

14:45 – 15:10

“Ontario Health supports and challenges in remote and rural Ontario”, Mark Stephens, Director of Digital Health, Ontario Health North 

Technology Challenges and Opportunities

15:10 – 15:35

“Connecting and securing the North”, Nicole Brown, COO, FSET (Kenora area)

15:35 – 15:45


Technology Focus

15:45 – 16:10

“Recent Advances & Challenges in AI for Mobile Healthcare”, Arslan Usman, Pangea Connected/ Kingston University, London, UK

Medical Focus

16:10 – 16:35

“Digital solutions to tackle Non-communicable Diseases”, Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Head of Non-Communicable Diseases, World Health Organization

16:35 – 17:00

“Translational Problem Oriented Medical Record (QL4POMR)”, Dr Sabah Mohammed, Professor of Computer Science and Dr Jinan Fiaidhii, Professor of Computer Science, Lakehead University

12:15 – 12:45


12:45 – 13:15

Prof Nikolaos Grigoriades (or Christos Bakirtzis) (MD), Director of Neurology Clinic, AHEPA Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece (TBC)

13:15 – 13:45

“NHS policy for local communities in the UK”, Dr John Chang (MD), Croydon University Hospital, London, UK

13:45 – 14:15

“WHO related workshop” (TBC), Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe (MD), WHO and University of Copenhagen, Denmark

14:15 – 14:45

“Translational Problem Oriented Medical Record (QL4POMR)” (TBC), Dr Arnold Kim, Dr Sabah Mohammed, Dr Jinan Fiaidhii Lakehead University

Round Table

17:00 – 17:30

Open discussion for the 2nd white paper and collaboration on EU/ Canadian projects

Coffee and Networking to follow