Course Description


The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) brings an opportunity to transform Canadian health care, improving efficiency and decision-making. Understanding how to effectively integrate AI into health care processes is essential for driving innovation and staying ahead in this rapidly evolving field.

Designed for senior leaders and executives in the health care space, this integrated learning experience explores how to combine AI and predictive analytics to improve health care services in Canada. It covers the implementation of AI and analytics tools into business practices, the use of generative AI for patient care, ethical considerations surrounding AI adoption, and the future implications of these technologies.

Delivered by University of Waterloo's top AI and public health experts, this course combines virtual and in-person modes of learning, providing you with actionable strategies for navigating AI adoption while prioritizing patient outcomes and organizational success. You will also be equipped to identify opportunities where AI and related analytical tools can be used to support decision-making and enhance trust.

Unique to this course is the inclusion of a one-day, in-person session focused on the wide-ranging impacts of generative AI on health care. Through thought-provoking discussions and interactive exhibits featuring industry experts and practitioners, this event will examine AI's human-centric implications, including the organizational culture shifts needed for transformation.

Who Will Benefit

  • Senior leaders, vice-presidents, and directors within Canada's health care sector.
  • Health care innovation and quality improvement directors and officers.
  • Assistant deputy ministers and senior policymakers who guide or influence decision-making and policy development related to health care.
  • Regional health authority leaders and managers.

What You Will Learn

Session 1: Canadian Health Care and the AI Opportunity

  • Identify the opportunities and challenges for leveraging AI in Canadian health care systems.
  • Understand the potential impact of AI and predictive analytics on patient outcomes, clinical practice, and health service delivery.
  • Gain pragmatic insights into clinical considerations regarding AI implementation.

Session 2: Generative AI for Improved Patient Care

  • Explore how large language models (LLMs) and data analytics can enhance operational efficiency in health care.
  • Understand the capabilities of LLMs in summarizing medical literature for informed decision-making.
  • Examine AI applications in medical imaging and computational radiology for disease detection and treatment enhancement.

Session 3: Internet of Medical Things and Remote Monitoring

  • Learn about the functions and benefits of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and remote monitoring for AI applications.
  • Understand how IoMT and remote monitoring enable quicker responses to changing patient conditions.
  • Explore AI-driven diagnostic tools for robust telemedicine services in remote regions.

Session 4: Consideration of Law, Ethics, and Trust in the Use of AI in Health Care

  • Discuss ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in health care, as well as current and proposed legal frameworks.
  • Explore issues that are central to establishing trust in the use of AI applications by health providers, such as validity, fairness, transparency, and accountability.
  • Discuss how to engage the public to build support for, and trust in, the use of AI technology for health care system improvement.

Session 5: The Future of AI in Health Care: Getting Ready for Change (In-Person)

  • Explore the latest trends in generative AI and their impact on health care.
  • Examine the human-centric implications and organizational culture shifts required for effective AI implementation.
  • Understand the importance of leadership and stakeholder involvement in technology-driven transformations.

How You Will Learn


This executive sprint offers multiple modes of learning that will allow you to get up-to-speed quickly on how AI is radically transforming Canada's health care sector. This includes:

  • Four 90-minute virtual live sessions comprised of presentations, peer interactions, and guided discussions.
  • One, full-day, in-person session designed to showcase the human-centric implications of AI in health care.
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