Benefits & Pensions Monitor Event: Benefits 2020 – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Date: May 1, 2020 | Location: Vantage Venues. 150 King Street West Toronto, ON M5H1J9

Research shows that when dietitians intervene with people with mental health conditions and their care providers, the targeted intervention can reduce the nutrition-related side effects of psychiatric medications, improve cognition, support better self-management of concurrent and co-morbid conditions, and enhance overall occupational, social, and psychological functioning. In her session, Charmaine Alexander, will explore how nutrition contributes to better mental health and organizational wellness.

Technology has dramatically changed numerous industries over the past several years. Five years ago, no one talked about telemedicine as an employee benefit. Today, the terms digital health and virtual care appear regularly across the industry. Artificial Intelligence has the ability to utilize this growing ocean of data to enable pro-active 24-7 management of chronic diseases. The pace of change out there is only getting faster, but how are Canadian employers and benefit plans keeping up? Join Tim Clarke as he gives us his perspective on where digital health is going and what Canadian employers can be doing now to prepare for the future.

Employees indicate that they experience difficulty in finding the right support to tackle mental health issues. Research by RBC Insurance found that 72% of Canadians would view their employer more favourably if they offered a virtual care or telemedicine solution that would assist them with mental health issues. Julie Gaudry will share key research findings that are driving insurers towards offering solutions that are more accessible, relevant and digitally-driven to help improve employee wellbeing.

The demand for mental health services has never been greater, with Canadians waiting as long as 50 weeks to see a psychiatrist – and missing out on the critical health benefits of early intervention. It doesn’t have to be that way. Travis Kelly and Chris Anderson will share how solutions like early-stage psychiatric treatment and Virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are removing access barriers to care and leading to better health outcomes.

Join our expert speakers, Charmaine Alexander, Senior Advisor, Disability Management at Desjardins Insurance, Tim Clarke, President at tc Health Consulting, Julie Gaudry, Head, Group Life & Health at RBC Insurance, Chris Anderson, President at Medaca Health Group and Travis Kelly, Director, Group Disability Management Operations at Medavie Blue Cross in this Benefits and Pensions Monitor, Meetings & Events ‘Benefits 2020’ session.

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