October 2016 | Issue 35

Finger on the pulse: Renowned Indian cardiologist pursuing DeGroote EMBA

Renowned Indian cardiologist pursuing DeGroote EMBAWhen Dr. Ashutosh Vashistha decided to pursue an MBA, he looked for two key things in a program – innovation and an interdisciplinary focus. A global search brought him to DeGroote’s new Executive MBA in Digital Transformation.

The 13-month program, which will welcome its first cohort in September, is built around four residential modules in Southern Ontario and Silicon Valley, California. Students will learn from a mix of DeGroote professors and industry experts. Corporate partners include theScore, CIBC, IBM, and SAS.

Like many of his EMBA peers, Dr. Vashistha is far from a traditional graduate student. An accomplished cardiologist based in Lucknow, India, he has more than two decades of experience at the forefront of his field. He was the first heart specialist in India to perform a pacemaker implantation at a private sector hospital, and is known for having a keen interest in digital health.

He’ll travel to Burlington this fall to begin his studies at the Ron Joyce Centre. The ultimate goal, Dr. Vashistha explains, is to apply the business and digital leadership skills he gains at DeGroote to India’s “paradoxical” health system.

“Healthcare is one of India’s largest sectors, in terms of revenue and employment, and the sector is expanding rapidly,” he begins.

“On one hand, it boasts of ‘best in class’ healthcare deliverance that attracts medical tourists from around the world. But on the other, quality healthcare services are inaccessible for a large portion of the general population.”

With nearly 70 per cent of India’s population of 1.25 billion living in rural areas, the latest advances in healthcare are not always available for those in outlying regions. Primary Health Centres, or PHCs, based in rural parts of the country often suffer from a shortage of medical staff – particularly specialists. more…


In Practice

Embracing eHealth: DeGroote advances global outreach activities in Nigeria

Shanzay Fayyaz, Data and Communications Intern | Hamilton

Nigeria eHealthTechnology is advancing rapidly. With this advancement, our day-to-day lives have become more convenient and efficient.

One important field we’re seeing new technological innovations in is healthcare. The collaboration between information technology and healthcare is known as eHealth, and it’s truly going global.

A team of interdisciplinary experts from McMaster helped organize and lead a recent seven-day course on this very subject in Abuja, Nigeria.

The practice of eHealth involves more than just incorporating computer technology to make hospitals more efficient or health records easily accessible – eHealth strives to create an electronic capture of a patient’s entire medical history. It’s a collection of all the information that has ever been shared by or to a medical professional. more…

Top 3 Tips for planning what’s next

Dr. Eva Klein, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences | Hamilton

What's next for my future?We are in the midst of a longevity revolution. An entire adult lifespan has been added to our time on this earth. How can we make good use of this time? This is a unique opportunity to make these extra years a gift, not a curse. It will, however, mean that each generation must plan for this longevity creatively.


You have more time than you think. If you haven’t found a rewarding career by age 30, don’t despair. It’s still possible to go to law school, medical school or embark on another radical career change during your 30s. Explore new possibilities and consider the years that have already passed as nurturing “experimental years.” Also, plan on learning continuously. Technology will eventually eliminate or drastically change your job and open the door to a new career – in fact, probably 6-7 careers in your lifetime. more…


Health Achieve Conference 2016

Shanzay Fayyaz, Data and Communications Intern | Hamilton

HealthAchieve-logoHealthAchieve is a prestigious North American health care event that allows you to hear from industry experts on the impact of new technologies on overall health, well-being and new care delivery processes in the digital home. Not to mention, it provides attendees with the perfect opportunity to become future leaders in health, share knowledge, and network with some of the best and brightest health care and business leaders.

With over 50 educational sessions featuring 200+ high-quality speakers and over 300 exhibitors from across the globe, there are limitless opportunities to learn, share and evolve at HealthAchieve.

Simone T, Mississauga Halton LHIN, an attendee of the 2015 HealthAchieve, described her experience as “truly spectacular – educational, motivating, empowering, engaging, inspiring, with just the right touch of humour.”

Come join us on November 7th to 9th at the Metro Convention Centre for an unforgettable event! Industry thought leaders, compelling sessions, award-winning exhibit floor and unique networking opportunities… the HealthAchieve experience truly is one-of-a-kind. For more information, visit the HealthAchieve website.

Getting Out

Health Achieve Networking Reception

Toronto, Ontario

HealthAchieve (Learn)All DeGroote alumni and current McMaster University students in the health industry are invited to a special networking reception.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets will be provided. There is no charge to attend this event; however your registration is kindly requested. For more information, please contact Kellie Rabak, Advancement Officer. Look for us at the Health Achieve Conference. Event details…



2016 Individual Finance and Insurance Decision Centre Conference (IFID)

October 19, 2016 | 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The IFID Centre and DeGroote will be jointly organizing this year’s conference. The theme will be: The Optimal Household Balance Sheet: Who Has Too Much Debt? | Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington. details

Conversations and Conversions: The New Relationship of Media and Business

October 19, 2016 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Topics of discussion will include challenges and opportunities for media companies, recent and emerging trends in communications practices. | Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington. details

The Big Score: The Business of Sports

October 27, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

An exclusive event in partnership with the MLSE. | Toronto. details

Inspired to innovate: lessons from the art of entrepreneurship

November 4, 2016 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join us to learn a diverse set of lessons from entrepreneurial thinking that can be applied to help organizations to innovate. | Burlington. details

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