Meet Board Candidate Yoel Robens-Paradise

Name: Yoel Robens-Paradise
Title: Vice President
Organization: Gevity Consulting
Region: BC

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?
Approximately 7 years

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
I believe that my 25 years of experience in senior roles working in both the private and public sector will help Digital Health Canada add value to its members and support achievement of its mandate.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
Throughout my career of 25 years I have successfully taken a collaborative approach to unite diverse groups or professionals and organizations into committed teams focused on leveraging health information and technology to improve health care and better meet the needs of patients and providers. My specific experience leading both the “business” and the “technology” aspects of transformational initiatives has provided me the opportunity to understand the barriers that limit adoption of IT and undermine our ability to fully leverage our information assets in Canada and led me to develop a leading practice in Information Governance. Having previously served as a member of provincial standing committees, on the Board of Directors of CHIMA and on multiple advisory councils I can support Digital Health Canada in furthering member’s professional development, industry knowledge translation and borad efforts to improve Canada’s health system through use of health information and technology

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
We often talk about tech being an enabler and that IT projects should be “Business” led; I have the perspective of leading Business areas in HIM, Lab, DI, Biomed and Pharmacy across the continuum as well as had a role as an co-executive sponsor of one of Canada’s largest EHR projects in BC. I have the unique experience of leading the strategic and operational transformation of 255 different business units in Health Information Management, Transcription, Coding, Scheduling, Registration, Business Analysis and clinical report distribution across 4 health authorities into a single consolidated service with standardized business processes and centralized IT systems. I appreciate the complexity of our system having once reported to 4 different authority’s executive teams simultaneously. These experiences will help the board in issue identification, prioritization of its strategic agenda and maintenance of its relevancy to its members needs as well as help set policy direction for the role the organization can play in Canada’s health care system.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I do not have clinical care experience but worked in direct service to patients and care providers for over 20 years.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?
Executives/CIOs; Vendors; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Healthcare Institutions

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years? Describe your most significant contributions to Digital Health Canada’s mission.
I have moderated panels and presented at conferences. While not through Digital Health Canada, I have served as a formal and informal mentor to professionals and was recognized as a HIM visionary leader by Providence Health Care.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
I have had many related roles and appointments including but not limited to: Treasurer and Board Director for CHIMA. Strategic Advisor on Health Information Exchange to the BC Provincial Health Services Authority Executive Consultant and Facilitator on Information Governance for the Sask.Data Secretariat (Seven province wide organizational IG initiative). Strategic planning consultant for Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Canadian Cancer Society Vice President of Digital Health Informatics for Providence Health Care Vice President of Clinical and System Transformation (CST) and Health Information Management (VCH, PHSA, PHC, FHA) Member of BC MOH Standing Committee on Performance Measurement and Evaluation Member of BC MOH Advisory Committee on Data Access Chair Data Analytics Steering Committee Chair and Sponsor BC Health System Information Governance Symposium

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I am a values-driven strategic leader with diverse experience and subject knowledge who can reflect the interests and needs of many stakeholders in setting direction and providing programmatic guidance to Digital Health Canada.

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
No.

What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.
Master in Public Admin (health care concentration) from Columbia University in New York. Bachelor (triple major) from the University of Wisconsin Madison- Graduation with Distinction

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health. 
As Gevity’s Vice President for British Columbia, Yoel provides executive consultant support to projects nationally. A strategic leader and a visionary problem solver, Yoel’s collaborative approach unites diverse professionals and organizations into high-functioning teams. His more than 25 years of healthcare experience includes executive roles, leading transformational projects, building new consolidated services across multiple organizations and leveraging new technology to improve service outcomes and efficiency. Yoel is recognized as a dynamic conference facilitator and a thought leader in health information management and governance. He has led many projects that leveraged data and stakeholder input to provide strategic roadmaps, plans and evaluation frameworks that support clients in achieving their strategic and operational goals. He is also known as a values-based leader — emphasizing transparency, stakeholder engagement, public accountability, respect and customer service. Yoel earned his Master of Public Administration in Health Administration from Columbia University in New York City. He currently volunteers as Board Director for a non-profit youth summer camp.

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