Grand Round: MindSet: Manitoba’s Transformative Integrated Health Data Platform

Grand Round: MindSet: Manitoba’s Transformative Integrated Health Data Platform


February 13, 2020 - 10:00 - 12:00
Team: Events, Training & News
Posted on November 05, 2019

Grand Round: MindSet: Manitoba’s Transformative Integrated Health Data Platform

Team: Events, Training & News

February 13, 2020 - 10:00 - 12:00



MindSet: Manitoba's Transformative Integrated Health Data Platform

February 13, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, 
University of Manitoba, 745 Bannatyne Ave.

Video recording:


With support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Government of Manitoba, MindSet is integrating Manitoba’s extensive clinical health data into a cohesive and readily accessible province-wide data platform. Join us for this special forum—moderated by Dr. Brock Wright, CEO of Shared Health—featuring presentations and panel discussions with patients, clinicians, researchers, health system decision makers, and industry representatives.

Participants at this special two-hour forum will:

  1. Understand how MindSet partners are building an integrated provincial health data platform in Manitoba.

  2. Learn how three innovative clinical trials will use this integrated health data platform to demonstrate how the platform will benefit patients, clinicians, the Manitoba health system, researchers, and industry.

  3. Understand the opportunities and long-term potential this data platform offers for the future.

Cannot attend the full two-hours?

Attendees are welcome to come and go at any time or watch online live via Youtube:

CHI rounds are accredited under The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  



Dr. Brock Wright

Chief Executive Officer
Shared Health Manitoba


Dr. Ryan Zarychanski

Ryan Zarychanski is a Hematologist, Critical Care physician and clinician-scientist at the University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba. He has advanced training in Epidemiology and the design and conduct of multi-center randomized trials and observational studies. He is the overall project lead for the MindSet data integration project and the principal investigator for MindSet’s TRACTION trial, a registry-based RCT evaluating the pre-operative use of tranexamic acid to reduce bleeding and the need for transfusions in patients undergoing major non-cardiac surgery.

Dr. Marshall Pitz

Marshall Pitz is a Medical Oncologist at CancerCare Manitoba and the Section Head of Clinical Research at the Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology (RIOH). He is the Chief Medical Information Officer at CancerCare Manitoba and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Pitz is the data lead for the MindSet project and is working with data experts at MindSet’s partner organizations to lead the development of the integrated data platform. He is also the principal investigator for MindSet’s CAPTAIN trial studying the outcomes of a new electronic patient navigation system at CancerCare Manitoba.

Dr. Paul Komenda

Paul Komenda is a Nephrologist and Medical Director of the Manitoba Renal Program’s Home Hemodialysis Program. He is also the Research Director of the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre (CDIC) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He also has considerable training and expertise in Health Administration and Economics, and in designing and leading large observational studies using administrative data. He is the principal investigator for MindSet’s Home First trial on the expansion of assisted home dialysis in Manitoba.

Dan Skwarchuk

Dan Skwarchuk is Assistant Deputy Minister and Resources and Performance Chief Financial Officer with Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living. In this capacity, Dan is responsible for financial policy, planning, funding and oversight of many elements of Manitoba's healthcare system. In this role, Dan is serving to help lead the provincial Information Management and Analytics (IM&A) initiative which is striving to achieve provincially-oriented approaches to the collection, use, and dissemination and reporting of data to support many diverse decision makers and researchers in the system. Dan has worked in health care for over 25 years and continues to support Manitoba's transformation efforts including but not limited to IM&A.

Doug Snell

Doug Snell Doug Snell is the Executive Director for Enterprise Architecture, Risk and Compliance at Shared Health, Digital Health. Doug provides leadership for the Digital Health infrastructure plan, alignment to Provincial Health Sector strategic priorities and management of infrastructure risk. Doug has over 30 years of enterprise ICT knowledge with experience in large enterprise financial services, defense, telecommunications, and manufacturing including 15 years in health care. Doug is active in Pan-Jurisdictional Digital Health activities and has been a past presenter and contributor to Infoway, HIMSS and Gartner.

Dr. Brett Houston

Dr. Brett Houston is a hematologist at CancerCare Manitoba, and is completing a PhD in the College of Pharmacy within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is the co-principal investigator of MindSet’s innovative clinical trial (TRACTION) on the use of tranexamic acid to reduce bleeding and transfusions in major non-cardiac surgery.

Cathy Woods

Cathy Woods is a proud Anishinaabe woman originally from Northwestern Ontario now living on Treaty 1 land (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Cathy has lived with kidney disease since 2010, and is a patient partner in Can-SOLVE CKD, a national chronic kidney disease network that is testing and optimizing treatments and patient-focused care to improve the outcomes and quality of life of patients with kidney disease and their families. Her leadership positions within Can-SOLVE CKD include co-chairing the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council and membership in the executive of the Patient Governance Circle. Cathy strongly feels that patient-oriented research can improve the health of all Canadians.

Dr. Alexander Singer

Dr. Alexander Singer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba where he also serves as the Director of Research and Quality Improvement. He is the Network Director of the Manitoba Primary Care Research Network (part of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network) where he leads and collaborates on several practice-based research studies. Dr. Singer serves as the measurement and evaluation lead for eConsult Manitoba, a service that allows primary care providers to consult with specialists via a secure, web-based application. He is also a family physician clinician-teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Peter Nickerson

Dr. Peter Nickerson is a Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology and the Vice-Dean Research, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He also co-leads the faculty’s Complex Data Strategy initiative, and is the Medical Director of Transplant Manitoba and the Medical Advisor, Organ Donation and Transplantation Division, Canadian Blood Services (CBS). Dr. Nickerson’s research program focuses on mechanisms underlying acute and chronic transplant rejection; developing non-invasive techniques for the diagnosis of renal allograft rejection; and healthcare system design to enhance access to transplant.

Tracey Maconachie

Tracey Maconachie is President of Bioscience Association Manitoba (BAM), a non-profit organization dedicated to growing Manitoba’s bioscience industry. BAM’s objectives are to stimulate economic growth, develop strategic partners, build broad awareness, expand industry skills and knowledge, and position BAM as a world-class life science organization. Tracey is also Chairperson of Research Manitoba, the provincial agency that promotes, supports, and coordinates the funding of research in the health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and the humanities in Manitoba.

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