Biography: Dr. Kendall Ho

Dr. Kendall Ho

Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency doctor at the Vancouver General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, and was the associate dean Continuing Medical Education for 7 years prior to this current portfolio. He serves on the BC Ministry of Health’s e-health Committee, UBC e-strategy Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s e-learning Advisory Group and educational research committee, and chairs the e-health steering committee of the International organization Universitas 21.

Dr. Ho’s academic and research interests include telehealth, medical informatics, technology enabled knowledge translation (TEKT) – the use of information and communication technologies to accelerate the incorporation of research into routine health practices, and life long learning in CME and continuing professional Development. Specific telehealth initiatives include a completed emergency telehealth project funded by Health Canada and BC Ministry of Health Services, Aboriginal telehealth initiatives in B.C. funded by UBC-TELUS grant and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and global e-health examination funded by Universitas 21. Medical informatics initiatives include research in personal digital assistant use in undergraduate education, and in diabetes management for practicing physicians, and educational initiatives in providing hands on workshops on PDA and Internet use for physicians in B.C., Western Canada and Quebec. He is a consultant to BC Ministry of Health Services on e-health, and is a member of the province’s e-health committee.

Dr. Ho’s educational research interest include the incorporation of adult learning principles into the development of effective and relevant medical education for health professionals, the integration of telecommunication and medical informatics technologies to assist rural and urban health professionals to obtain their continuing education on demand, and the construction of a telemedicine infrastructure to provide real time clinical support via technologies in order to partner with rural health professionals to augment and enhance the access and quality of care to rural and isolated communities. These areas of interest has led to the development of innovative hands-on workshops to teach physicians skills in using the Internet and Personal Digital Assistants (e.g. Palm Pilots) for professional use, CD-ROM, videoconferencing and Internet based continuing medical educational courses for distributive learning, telemedicine pilot and implementation projects between urban and rural and First Nations communities in B.C, and scientific abstracts, editorials, and journal articles on the subjects of medical education and telemedicine.