Emily Seto

Faculty Member

Accepting Students

HSR – Health Informatics Research Emphasis Lead, HSR – Artificial Intelligence Emphasis Lead (on sabbatical)


The International Centre for Translational Digital Health

The International Centre for Translational Digital Health advances the field of digital health in Canada, the UK, and Australia through the development, implementation, and translation of new technologies, policies, and service delivery models.

Lead: Emily Seto

Affiliates: Dionne M. Aleman, Quynh Pham, Joseph A. Cafazzo, Brian Chun-Fai Chan, James (Jay) Andrew Shaw

Emily Seto is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto, and a Professional Engineer of Ontario. She co-leads the Health Systems AI and the Health Informatics Research emphases of the Health Services Research programs at IHPME. She is the co-Director of the Joint Translational Centre for Digital Health, a collaboration between the University of Toronto and the University of Manchester. She is also a research scientist at the UHN Centre for Digital Therapeutics and at the Techna Institute.

Dr. Seto has over 20 years of expertise in research and implementation in the fields of bioengineering and health informatics. Her research interests include mHealth, telehomecare, user-centred design processes, women’s health, implementation science, and tools to enable patient self-care and improved clinical management especially for those with complex chronic conditions. In particular, one of her main research interests is exploring how technology-enabled chronic disease management programs can be integrated into healthcare delivery models to support patients with multiple chronic conditions. She research interests also span to global digital health with respect to scaling and spreading digital health innovations internationally, including low- and middle-income countries.

She is the Principle Investigator of several past and current clinical trials using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. As an example, she is currently leading a multi-site propensity-matched trial named the SMaRT (Safe, Managed, and Responsive Transitions) trial that is exploring the combination of a smartphone-based multiple chronic disease management platform (Medly) that incorporates telemonitoring, with a nurse-led model of care to improve outcomes of patients recently discharged from hospital.


Emerging Applications in Consumer, Public and Global Health Informatics

Course Details

Neesha Hussain-Shamsy

PhD Graduate Student

Thesis: Evaluation of Virtual Group Therapy for Women with Postpartum Depression

Supervisors: Emily Seto

Amika Shah

PhD Graduate Student

Thesis: Design and Evaluation of a Digital Mental Health Stepped Care Model for Complex Chronic Conditions

Supervisors: Emily Seto

Anam Shahil-Feroz

PhD Graduate Student

Thesis: Mobile Phone-Based Telemonitoring for Pregnant Women at High Risk for Preeclampsia in Karachi, Pakistan

Supervisors: Emily Seto