Meet the Speakers! Living with Uncertainty- Planning for the Future!

         Living with Uncertainty- Planning for the Future!          SickKids 10th Annual Paediatric Patient Safety Symposium/Risky Business Toronto 2014

This is a guest post from Rita Damignani, Quality Analyst/Patient Safety Coordinator, Quality Management, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.


Meet Our Guest Speakers!

We’re excited to have 2 very full days as we host the 10th Annual SickKids Patient Safety Symposium with Risky Business Toronto 2014 on May15-16th.  We’d like to introduce you to two of our guest speakers:  

Jane Carthey
Jane is a dynamic human factors consultant with technical expertise gained from both research and consultancy roles in healthcare, and other industries. She is passionate about applying human factors science to improve safety, quality, efficiency and experience.  Jane’s PhD research was carried out in the nuclear industry and she has seventeen years’ experience working at both a national and local level in the NHS.
Jane will be facilitating an interactive breakout session at this year’s symposium entitled, “The Illegal Normal”.  She will concentrate on why staff interprets rules according to their situation and belief systems using plenty of industry examples.  She has worked as an independent Human Factors and Patient Safety Specialist since 2005 and is co-author of the report, Measurement and Monitoring of Safety (Vincent, Burnett and Carthey, 2013) and author of Taking Further Steps: The How To Guide to Implementing Human Factors in Healthcare (volume 2), (Clinical Human Factors Group, 2013).

Daniel Kraft
Daniel Kraft is a physician-scientist, inventor and innovator. He chairs the FutureMed program at Singularity University, exploring the impact and potential of rapidly developing technologies as applied to health and medicine.  Dr. Kraft is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics following residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.  As our closing guest speaker on May 16th, Daniel will speak to us about “Disruptive Futures: How technology can help re-invent, health & medicine”.  He will share with us how the layering of convergent technologies such as mobile, sensors, Artificial Intelligence and telemedicine can reshape prevention, diagnostics and therapy.    
For those of you who are not able to join us in person, there is the opportunity to register and participate via webcast!  (See details on the course website; Note: breakout sessions are not available via webcast).

For a full description of speakers, topics and to register, go to:




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