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CS2-08 - Improving Cancer Care through Telemedicine

Monday, April 30
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: E450B

Explore how two large cancer care organizations implemented digital care to improve clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, provider satisfaction and care coordination—all while effectively managing financial concerns. Discover the challenges faced and lessons learned on the path to extending patient survival and providing more responsive treatment. Discuss the future of cancer care and potential benefits and advances that could be achieved in further expanding and integrating teleoncology services.

Learning Objectives:

Christian Otto

Director of TeleOncology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Christian Otto is the Director of TeleOncology for Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), and an attending physician in the MSK UCC.

Dr. Otto completed his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology and his medical degree at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. He completed his residency in Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Master of Medical Science degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Prior to joining MSK, Dr. Otto spent seven years at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX as the lead scientist heading a team investigating raised intracranial pressure and visual problems in astronauts. Using telemedicine, Dr. Otto acquired over 800 hours of real-time medical data from astronauts on the International Space Station.

Dr. Otto has a 22-year history working in the field of Telemedicine. He co-authored NASA’s recent Telemedicine Strategy for Deep Space Exploration, served as a Regional Medical Director with the Ontario Telemedicine Network, conducted telemedicine research for the Canadian Space Agency and at high altitude on several of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest. In addition, Dr. Otto completed graduate studies in telemedicine while serving two one-year tours with the National Science Foundation as the Station Physician at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica.


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Robert Williams

Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director
Ontario Telemedicine Network

A family physician, Dr. Williams began his practice in Timmins in 1976, where he served as Chief of Staff for 15 years. A co-founder of NORTH Network, Dr. Williams has served as a member and Chair of the Canadian Institute of Health Information Physician Advisory Committee and the Ontario Medical Association Committee on Hospitals, as a Commissioner of Ontario’s Health Services Restructuring Committee and as a member of the Registration Committee for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Williams currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Ontario Telemedicine Network, where he provides strategic leadership, advocacy and support for the organization’s medical interests.


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Pete Stetson

Chief Health Informatics Officer
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Stetson is the Chief Health Informatics Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Our group’s overall goal is to be leaders in the development and implementation of new Informatics solutions that impact quality cancer care and cancer research. Dr. Stetson’s role at MSKCC is to optimize clinical systems, set clinical systems strategy, and ensure quality and financial goals are met using innovative Informatics solutions. His teams are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating next-generation Informatics solutions for cognitive support, team-based care, precision oncology, and patient engagement. MSK defines Health Informatics as the study and application of people, processes and technology to improve healthcare value, where value is a function of quality, cost, and efficiecy. Dr. Stetson’s teams are responsible for establishing an Informatics-enabled ecosystem for MSK's new buildings and relationships at MSK, including the Josie Robertson Surgery Center, and the David H. Koch Cancer Center which opens in the near future. These new locations and partnerships will feature novel patient-centered Informatics to improve care quality and patient experience. Pete also works as a Hospitalist, an Informatics researcher, and teaches and mentors in Informatics.


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Michelle Aspden

Provincial Lead Oncology Programs, Business Lead Home Video Visits
Ontario Telemedicine Network

Michelle has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years. Michelle spent the first year of her career working at Wake Medical in Raleigh North Carolina. From there she moved back home to Canada and worked in Toronto at The Hospital for Sick Children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Cardiology. She then gained Emergency Room experience filling many RN roles at The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario. For the last 10 years Michelle has held many roles at The Ontario Telemedicine Network, immercing her clinical expertise into the virtual world. Her most recent title, Provincial Lead for Oncology, Palliative and Renal Programs and the Business Lead for Home Video Visits. She assists in scaling and spreading telemedicine programs provincially to enhance patient care, increase access to care and keep patients closer to home.


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