Digital Health Canada Board of Directors election 2020

Six 2020-2022 Board of Directors positions are open for election. Nominations closed April 24, 2020, and an online election took take place between May 11-22, 2020. All Digital Health Canada members in good standing were notified of the election via email. Those who have been elected to the Board of Directors will be notified by May 29, 2019.

In order to be a voting Director, you must be elected to the Board by the membership. Directors serve for two years. Board members currently fulfilling year two of their two-year terms: Angela Copeland, Shiran Isaacksz, Jonathan Choy and Karla Avery. Board members with two-year terms ending this year: Dr. Raza Abidi, Helene Clement, Keltie Jamieson, Shannon Malovec, and Mary Sanagan.

Note: In June 2014, Digital Health Canada updated its by-laws to comply with Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act. In accordance with our by-laws and Articles of Continuance, Digital Health Canada can have from seven to 12 Board members, to be determined by resolution of the board. There are currently nine Digital Health Canada Board members: one President, one Vice-President, one Secretary-Treasurer, and six Directors, plus one non-voting Board Member.

Meet the 2020-2022 Candidates

 

Candidate Raza Abidi

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Professor and Director of Health Informatics, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia)

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
16+ years

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
As a digital health innovator, academic and practitioner, for over 20 years, I had the opportunity to engage and demonstrate to industry, health professionals, entrepreneurs and policy makers the art-of-the-possible with regards to innovative digital health solutions to improve our healthcare system. The mission of Digital Health Canada is transformational, pragmatic and impactful; I believe in its activities as they are geared towards building a knowledgeable, connected and empowered digital health community in Canada. My motivation to join the board is to bring my expertise, experience and outreach to advance digital health innovation, education, professionalism and community of practice under the auspices of Digital Health Canada. For the past 2 years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Digital Health Canada Board. I am seeking re-election to the board, for an additional 2 year term, to keep the momentum going in terms of moving the dial on digital health innovation, education and professional development in Canada. During my tenure as a board member, I have advocated for strategic plans to (a) promote digital health innovation such that our innovations can actually become mainstream healthcare products/services, (b) empower emerging professionals to become digital health leaders as they are the future drivers of Canada’s digital health agenda, (c) engage academics, researchers and students so that they bring their knowledge and expertise to the digital health community, and (d) reach out to government agencies, professional bodies and funding organizations to seek their support to promote and recognize digital health as both a scientific discipline and a professional entity. I want to continue serving on the board as I want to consolidate the four issues mentioned above. Also, I want to continue serving on the board as I want to ensure that the board is best positioned to provide specialized programs to help its members embrace emerging technologies, such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, block chain, robotics, smart homes, ambient living, smart cities, etc. Given my expertise and experience with the innovation and application of novel computing technologies in healthcare, my motivation is to formulate digital health innovation programs, platforms and policies to help Canadian digital health practitioners and healthcare organizations to embrace these emerging and transformative technologies. As I visit healthcare institutions and forums around the world, especially in Europe and Asia, I have seen how national digital health organizations are positioning themselves to impact their health system. I strongly believe that in the prevailing competitive global environment, Canada needs to further strengthen and enhance digital health innovation and its apt implementation at a national level; I feel that I can contribute to the promotion of innovation-based digital health in Canada. I want to continue serving on the board because, so that I can further contribute to Digital health Canada’s mission of establishing strategic linkages with emerging professionals, educational institutions, research communities, and government organizations to develop a vibrant digital health eco-system in Canada. I am excited about the impact Digital Health Canada can make to our healthcare system. Therefore, I want to be part of this transformational mission and exercise my vision, energy, expertise and experience to impact the utility and efficacy of digital health in Canada.

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
Digital Health Canada’s strategic mandate is to connect Canadian digital health community, incubate knowledge and advocate for digital health solutions to accelerate positive changes to the Canadian healthcare system. My digital health experience and expertise as a practitioner, educator, researcher, advocate and innovator is directly aligned with Digital Health Canada’s strategic mandate. For over 20 years, I have been an active advocate of and contributor to the digital health program in Canada. Digital health research and innovation is an important element in making Canada a world leader in digital health technologies and services. In this regard, I have extensive research based experience of development and implementation of innovative digital health solutions for a range of healthcare stakeholders. My experience and expertise covers both digital technology and healthcare, thereby I am able to contribute innovative digital health solutions for physicians, patients, consumers and decision makers. My experience directly aligns with Digital Health Canada’s mandate, whereby I have successfully (a) connected innovative digital health solutions with the healthcare system, and digital health professionals with health practitioners; (b) bridged the gap between issues and solutions, and in doing so have established concrete functional connections between digital health initiatives and the Canadian healthcare system; (c) developed and incubated digital health knowledge in terms of innovative solutions and services for ‘big’ health data analytics for health system optimization, precision medicine, personalized health, clinical decision support, patient empowerment, and virtual care; and (d) advocated the utility and effectiveness of digital health by training hundreds of digital health practitioners, demonstrating innovative digital health solutions at various national and international conferences and forums.

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
My broad experience of innovation, education and advocacy will enable me to significantly contribute to the board’s activities in advancing the digital health mission in terms of capacity building, knowledge translation, community building and thought leadership. I am a digital health innovator, educator and hands-on practitioner with an outcome-oriented outlook. I offer the unique blending of scientific discovery, solution development, capacity building, data analytics and evaluation skills that manifest in my digital health research, education and advocacy. The perspective I bring to the board is lifetime health for all—i.e. the development and application of innovative digital health technologies to provide personalized, persistent, proactive and protocol-driven healthcare services targeting both healthcare practitioners and patients/consumers to improve health outcomes. My perspective aligns with the strategic mission of Digital Health Canada in terms of building a digital health community for both disease prevention and health promotion. Through my experience and knowledge I can help the board in programming for niche areas, such as artificial intelligence based data analytics, virtual care, decision support, predictive analytics, personalized health and health system optimization. Given my background, I believe that I will contribute as (a) an interface between health informatics educational institutions and industry to formulate specialized capacity building programs mandated by Digital Health Canada; (b) as an advocate to establish strategic collaborations between the Digital Health Canada and government organizations such as Health Canada, CIHR and NSERC to develop digital health innovation funding programs that benefits industry, healthcare institutions and research groups; (c) a mentor to emerging professionals and entrepreneurs; (d) demonstrator of digital health innovations; (e) an author of digital health blueprint and white papers; and (f) promoter of Digital Health Canada’s vision and achievements at international health research and policy forums (which I frequently attend). I believe that my skills, perspectives and contributions will make Digital Health Canada even more visible and effective in driving health system transformation in Canada.

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I work with health professionals who administer patient care. My experience with patient care is in terms of research studies involving patients and patient care. This indirect patient care experience has exposed me to a number of gaps and solution opportunities within our healthcare system by engaging industry, leaders, patient advocates, institutions and health professionals

 

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Emerging Professionals, Leaders, Academic & Research, Healthcare Institutions, National eHealth Organizations, Digital Health Entrepreneurs

 

 

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.
Over the past 5 years, I have worked with the academic alliance and various capacity building initiatives. Furthermore, as a current board member, I have contributed to the development of the strategic plan for 2020-2023. My main contributions to Digital Health Canada’s mission has been digital health training and mentoring of health informatics professionals, demonstration of digital health innovations as implemented in the healthcare system, and strategic thinking/planning for the advancement and implementation of digital health solutions in the Canadian healthcare system. In addition, I have been an active presenter at e-Health conferences. As an advocate for emerging professionals and research based digital health innovation, lately, I have been working with Digital Health Canada to (a) develop mechanisms to better empower emerging professionals; (b) bring a research perspective to digital health programming and publications; and (c) targeted training opportunities about emerging themes and technologies for both students and professionals.

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
I am a Board Member of the International Association of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. I serve as member of Health Canada’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Digital Health Technologies (special focus on artificial intelligence in healthcare). I have served as Program Committee Member for over 20 digital health research conferences, where I help to formulate the conference’s agenda, review the articles and help organize the sessions. I have regularly provided expert input to digital health discussions and polices at the provincial and national levels. I am the Director of Health Informatics where I lead the academic programming and promotion of digital health through different research and academic programs. I am the director and scientific lead of the NICHE research group. Finally, I hold a cross-appointment as Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University. I am a reviewer for both national and international digital health research programs and proposals.

 

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I believe that Digital Health Canada’s members should consider voting for me because as an experienced and internationally recognized digital health academic, researcher, practitioner, advocate and innovator, I bring a unique mind-set, knowledge, passion, skills and experience that will further broaden and enhance the contribution of Digital Health Canada to the Canadian healthcare system. I bring to Digital Health Canada extensive national and international digital health innovation, capacity building, implementation and advocacy experience, together with vast collaborations with industry, academia, healthcare institutions, government R&D agencies, international health organizations and research groups. Over 20 years, I have worked on the front-lines with healthcare providers and decision-makers, and in the backroom workshops with health informatics trainees, system analysts, IT developers and health informatics professionals to design, develop and operationalize innovative digital health solutions for health data analytics, precision medicine, clinical decision support, patient empowerment, ambient living and health system optimization. My all-encompassing view of digital health will be beneficial to the diverse interests of the members of Digital health Canada. I believe that Digital Health Canada’s members should vote for me because during my long career, as an outcomes-oriented professional, I have successfully executed complex and large-scale digital health projects that required interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations. I will bring this experience to the board to help advocate the art of the possible to healthcare stakeholders, and to convey the utility, efficacy and benefits of innovative digital health solutions to the Canadian public and healthcare organizations. I believe that Digital Health Canada’s members should vote for me as a board member of Digital Health Canada because given my passion, vision, experience and expertise I am well positioned to serve the Canadian digital health community by initiating and leading a debate about the following initiatives: (1) Promotion of digital health innovation by establishing a digital health innovation resource (akin to an incubator and connector forum) to mentor and promote emerging professionals and entrepreneurs so that they can bring their ideas and innovations to fruition. (2) Establishing a tri-party interface between digital health industry, digital health innovation centers/researchers and government funding programs to help the members of Digital Health Canada to better align with Health Canada’s priorities and professional capacity needs. (3) Developing mentoring and support mechanisms to help members access R&D funding offered by government funding agencies through a unique collaboration between the health practitioners and policy-makers, digital health practitioners (industry and researchers) and the digital health educational programs. (4) Engaging and informing the Canadian public about the activities and impact of Digital Health Canada towards modernizing our healthcare system. I envision Digital Health Canada as a validated resource for seeking assistance in consumer health application design, evaluation and certification. Consumer/public advocacy of digital health with respect to the changing trends in healthcare thinking is important and needs to be embraced by Digital Health Canada. (5) Building digital health capacity by developing the right and relevant digital health educational programs to help train a digital health workforce that is competent to respond to the industry needs, health professional’s demands and priorities of our healthcare system.

 

 

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.
I hold a PhD in Computer Science, Masters in Computer Engineering and Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering. I am Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Medicine, Director of Health Informatics, Director of NICHE Research Group

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
Syed Sibte Raza Abidi is Director of Health Informatics, Professor of Computer Science and Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He holds a PhD and Masters in computer science. He has been involved with digital health academics, innovation, advocacy and policy-making for over 20 years. He is the board member of (a) Digital Health Canada, and (b) International Association of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. Dr. Abidi is the scientific director of the NICHE (kNowledge Intensive Computing for Healthcare Enterprises) research group, and leads R&D activities that have led to a range of innovative digital health solutions. He is a digital health innovator, who has developed and deployed a range of innovative digital health systems in healthcare organization both within Canada and globally. His has expertise in artificial intelligence, health data analytics, precision medicine, personalized health, clinical decision support, patient empowerment, and mobile health. Dr. Abidi is the recipient of the CHIA’s leadership in health informatics award (2016), the prestigious International Award for Innovation in Medical Informatics (awarded at World Expo in Hannover, Germany), Research Excellence Award and six (6) best paper awards. Dr. Abidi is an experienced digital health academic and practitioner who has trained over 750 health informaticians, published over 250 scientific papers, supervised over 80 graduate students, secured scientific research grants over $17 million from healthcare organizations, government and industry, delivered over 85 invited talks and developed over 50 innovative digital health systems. He has extensive international digital health experience and has collaboratively developed several digital health systems in different countries. He provides expert consultation regarding digital health project review, planning, implementation and policy, both within Canada and globally. He is regularly invited to speak about digital health vision and innovation, role of digital health in healthcare systems, and capacity building programs for digital health. He has organized several digital health conferences and is an expert reviewer for international and national digital health projects.

Candidate Helene Clement

Helene Clement, Senior Consultant, TheHCgroup (Ontario)

 

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
Over 25 years.

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
I am seeking re-election after having previously served on the Digital Health Canada Board for 4 years and currently completing 2 terms. During these years as a member of the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors, I was honoured to contribute my experience and knowledge with the various committees and members. These contributions fueled my ongoing commitment to Digital Health Canada, added to my lifelong learning journey and enabled me to build new professional relationships. I want to continue to further the goals of the Digital Health Canada Board. My primary reasons for seeking re-election to the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors are:
1) To increase a diverse and committed membership, provide new and innovative ideas, and facilitate the forward movement of the strategic plan. I also want to expand the reach of Telehealth, so that clinicians in all types of health sectors, using technology as the enabler, can provide health and wellness services as we move forward digital health in Canada.
2) To develop skills in leadership for younger members, for example a Board Intern position.
3) To conscientiously advocate and promote Digital Health Canada educational offerings through the expansion and customization of targeted programs for different audiences at all levels and providing an understanding of how technology and practice can be integrated to transform healthcare.
4) I have benefitted tremendously from having the support and expertise of COACH/Digital Health Canada’s members and have a strong desire to continue to give back to the organization and the health informatics community. My career trajectory has brought me to a point in my learning and accumulated clinical and business experience which I would like to share with Digital Health Canada and its members. This includes practical hands-on clinical and business experience, so vital to a thorough understanding of the health informatics field, as well as extensive formal training, including my CPHIMS-CA certification.
5) My accumulated professional and COACH/Digital Health Canada volunteer committee experience provides me with the knowledge base and insights to make a significant contribution to the Board and the field of Health Informatics and digital health in Canada.

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
The clinical, informatics, vendor and public-sector (healthcare facilities/government) knowledge and experience that I bring to Digital Health Canada includes a deep understanding and appreciation of the business, technical and clinical aspects of digital health. These diverse views will help Digital Health Canada develop and implement impactful programs and services to achieve the Digital Health Canada strategic goals. I was also involved in the development of the COACH/Digital Health Canada strategic plans for the past 7 years. I would like to continue to promote Digital Health Canada initiatives by actively participating in bringing the new strategic plan to fruition. These experiences have allowed me to bridge clinical and digital health as we pursue and leverage new innovative approaches to provide services. I chaired/co-chaired a number of Digital Health committees to engage health professionals. I am actively involved in the development of new educational initiatives resulting in new product offerings and new sources of revenues for Digital Health Canada. These new educational programs are now being repurposed to meet regional and local educational requirements. I have participated at a number of COACH and CPHIMS-CA Webinars delivering educational content.

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
My first-hand experience as a clinician has given me an intimate understanding of the issues in health care and informatics that Digital Health Canada is trying to address. My roles in the healthcare field as a front-line caregiver, at the managerial level, as well as my extensive clinical software vendor experience offers Digital Health Canada a significant level of insight into the needs and interests of Digital Health Canada members. My experience in multiple roles in government, hospitals, and vendor organizations, across Canada gave me insight into the culture and governance complexity of our provinces and how they approach technology and informatics to meet their unique needs, opportunities and challenges.

The experiences acquired in digital health enables me to make valuable contributions in promoting the need as well as the use of Digital Health Canada tools and programs. This included:
• Leading and participating in the redesign and organizational transformation of clinical and business processes both with and without technologies
• Leading and managing the implementation of technologies with clinicians such as clinical documentation and decision support
• Developing education programs and supporting artifacts
• Promoting and supporting the sharing of usable knowledge on health informatics both nationally and internationally

My professional and volunteer experience would not only support Digital Health Canada’s strategic initiatives, but also provide the skills, knowledge and capability to work towards the new and next challenges facing Canadian health care. I enjoy engaging in conversations with Digital Health Canada’s current and future members to make meaningful contributions and share ideas. I am committed to the organization and have the energy to devote time to Digital Health Canada activities and work.

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I worked as a front-line Staff Nurse in Neurosurgery/Neurology. In my previous management roles within healthcare facilities, I assisted clinicians in using and incorporating technologies as they transformed the delivery of healthcare services. This included the implementation of electronic records, the implementation of decision support tools and the integration of technologies into the delivery of care.

 

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Executives/CIOs, Emerging Professionals, Telehealth, Clinicians, Vendors, Consultants, IM/IT Practitioners, Academic & Research, Healthcare Institutions, Provincial and National eHealth Organizations, Digital Health Entrepreneurs, Retail Health

 

 

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.
In previous years, I served as the Chair of the HIP@Work Task Force where I helped to identify requirements for the career tool using the career matrix developed by COACH. I worked on the COACH Exam Development Task Force to develop questions for the Canadian portion of the CPHIMS Exam, as well as the content for the CPHIMS-CA Review Sessions. I am now a member of the CPHIMS-CA Exam Committee. I also represented Digital Health Canada (COACH) on the HIMSS Exam committee. I consistently engage in the ongoing promotion of COACH and its vision. As co-Editor, I was involved in updating the Digital Health Canada (COACH) Reference guide to continue promote education amongst its membership and with the health community at large.

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
I am currently on the Digital Health Canada board and seek re-election for another 2-year term. I sat on the HIMSS Ontario Board of Directors for 10 years and was the chair of a number of HIMSS Ontario committees including the education committee. I am a member of a number of professional associations, as well as a member of a peer review committee for articles for the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) journal and a reviewer of abstracts for HIMSS conferences, CCHL, and eHealth Conferences. I was also a member of a number of HIMSS international task forces, I have moderated educational sessions at HIMSS conferences, educational webinars and eHealth Conferences. I was a member of the COACH/HIMSS Ontario education committee planning the ONUP 2014 and ONUP 2015 conferences. I was also a Board member (6 years) and held executive position (2 years) on the Board of Directors for an organization providing support for adults/elderly with limited autonomy living in the community. The organization advocates on their behalf and provides access to activities in the community as a way to maintain their involvement and participation in society.

 

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I am a passionate, energetic and charismatic health care professional who is committed to the advancement of Digital Health and the digital health plays in supporting care delivery and the effective administration of the system. I have contributed healthcare strategies, thinking and knowledge in various forums such as publications, presentations at various Health Care Informatics conferences and by being a faculty member at the University de Sherbrooke for the delivery of courses such as “Dossier de santé électronique partagé” (Shared Health Record), not only through work experiences but also as a volunteer.
I am a dedicated and reliable digital health professional with more than 25 years’ experience who likes to engage with others to get the job done.
I believe that we need to prepare the organization and the industry for the next generation of digital health practitioners and having them benefit from my experience and knowledge allows me to give back to the field that has given me so much. I am committed to the vision that digital health is the key to better, safer and high-quality care and the key enabler for transforming the delivery of healthcare services. Through my involvement with COACH/Digital Health Canada activities on committees and on the Digital Health Canada (COACH) Board, I can actively contribute to making this transformation a reality. My goal as a member of the Digital Health Canada Board is to:
• Engage with the membership and prospective members to understand and meet their needs
• Evolve the diversity of the organization as it embarks on a new chapter and include all sectors
• Set the stage for the next generation of Digital Health professionals with education and networking opportunities, particularly in the areas of new ways of delivering healthcare via telehealth and community initiatives
• Augment volunteer participations in Digital Health Canada activities

 

 

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
Yes

 

 

What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.
• Registered Nurse
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing
• Master’s in Health Administration
• CPHIMS-CA
• ROI certification (pending)

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
My many years of experience working in the healthcare sector includes experience in most Canadian provinces, has given me knowledge and understanding of jurisdictional differences. In a career path focused on information systems used by clinicians, my journey in health and health informatics began in Alberta and continued on to Quebec, Manitoba, and Ontario where I held many management positions. I have a pan-Canadian perspective, through my clinical work, extensive vendor experience and government exposure that complements Digital Health Canada’s mandate and goals. I worked in the private sector providing health informatics software and services to health care organisations across Canada. I have been involved in the development of components of the EHR such as clinical documentation, care planning, and decision support. I have managed the Canadian operations of a company where I assisted clients in using data for decision support and clinical transformation. To make a greater contribution to health informatics and its impact on patient care at the provincial level, I joined eHealth Ontario where I held several roles. I provided Health Informatics consulting services as a T.R.M. consultant (Transformation–clinical/business, ROI, and Marketing) focusing on innovation and health care transformations through digital health. I am current with healthcare strategies and thinking resulting in requests for performing peer review of articles for Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) journal, and abstracts for HIMSS National (US), Digital Health Canada, and CCHL conferences. My involvement in the healthcare and informatics community has resulted in a number of publications and presentations at both national and international levels. Worth noting the many volunteer hours provided for the rewrite of the new “Resource Guide to Digital Health in Canada” published in Fall 2019. I have a strong ability to bridge knowledge from research, clinical, and business components allowing the sharing of lessons learned, benefit realization, strategies and vision for the integration of technologies in the clinical environment and management of healthcare. I obtained and maintained my CPHIMS-CA certification for over 10 years. I have volunteered to provide educational assistance to prepare candidates taking their CPHIMS-CA certification. I have been involved in the Exam Committee for the CPHIMS and CA exams for a number of years. I have co-authored manuscripts and written submissions for a variety of publications in addition to presentations at conferences. I believe in giving back to the HI community by volunteering to organizations such as Digital Health Canada (COACH), HIMSS, CCHL, NIHI and teaching at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Candidate Cassie Frazer

Cassandra (Cassie) Frazer, Senior Director, ACCESS Solutions, Canada Health Infoway, Ontario

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
Over ten years.

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?

I like to look ahead to envision my next steps.  This forward-thinking approach has guided my career transitions over the years moving from front-line clinical care (Respiratory Therapy) to professional practice and clinical management roles; through consultancy work for provincial-level initiatives and on to progressive leadership positions at Canada Health Infoway, a national, not-for-profit organization.  Along the way, I have continued to expand my skills and knowledge by engaging in additional educational opportunities such as achieving my Master’s degree; as well as through volunteer commitments such as participation on Advisory Boards and Committees.  I am ready to pursue the ‘next step’ again and am eager to continue to grow my contributions through membership on the national Digital Health Canada Board.

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

Digital Health Canada’s mandate is to “connect, inspire and educate the digital health professionals creating the future of health in Canada”.   Throughout my career, first as a clinician and now at Canada Health Infoway, these three words – connect, inspire and educate – are part of what I do everyday.  Whether I am connecting project teams from across the country, facilitating a discovery session, listening to a webinar or being inspired by the story of a patient who has benefitted from digital health, my role is to advocate for digital health.  I have seen the benefits of a connected health system and am fortunate that my work experience, my expertise and my active involvement with Digital Health Canada have provided me with opportunities to help advance the digital health agenda.

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

I have been fortunate to take on many roles and at various levels within the healthcare system.  Working at a national level for the past 11 years has given me the opportunity to understand the complexities of the various health systems across the country, and the ability to translate these nuances into successful initiatives that are aligned on shared priorities. My years as a front-line Respiratory Therapist and Healthcare Manager allow me to bring a background in clinical care delivery and healthcare administration. I also bring strong experience and the ability to speak to the unprecedented need for change management in digital health, which has most recently been highlighted through the current COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. changing patient/consumer expectations, new regulations and reimbursement models, and new technologies).

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Yes.  I worked as a Respiratory Therapist for close to 15 years at various tertiary and community level hospitals.  In this capacity I took on several roles from front-line care provision within intensive care units, trauma or emergency, and also in a specialist role providing leadership and coordination within the operating room environment.  I have also worked with a private agency in the community, providing home and community respiratory therapy support.

 

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.

Executives/CIOs, Emerging Professionals, Telehealth, IM/IT Practitioners, Leaders, National eHealth Organizations

 

 

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 been an active member of Digital Health Canada for over 10 years and have been involved in various capacities.  My most significant contribution is my participation as a member of the eHealth Conference Steering Committee for the past 8 years.  The national eHealth Conference is the showcase event for our industry and provides an unparalleled opportunity for us to come together as a community to learn, share and be inspired.  In addition to participating on the Steering Committee, I particpate on the Logistics Committee, directly influencing program design and delivery; and, co-lead various innovation events, such as Hacking Health or Design Jam as well as planning for the Sunday Symposium. In the past I have acted as Digital Health Canada Course Instructor for the CPHIMS-CA course and contributed to the development of CPHIMS-CA course content, focusing in particular on areas related to change management. I have also participated in the CPHIMS item writing task force through HIMSS, helping to develop exam questions for the base portion of our aligned certification.

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I have participated in several advisory boards and leadership capacities including such experiences as:

·       Chair, Iona Park Neighbourhood Watch (2008 – present).

 

·       Skills for Change – Advisory Board (2019 – present); and Guest Lecturer (2018 – present).

 

·       Centennial College – Health Information Technology Program Advisory Committee. 2019 – present.

 

·       Cancer Care Ontario / College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario. Citizens Advisory Committee – Quality Management Partnership. 2016 –2019.

 

·       Ontario Lung Association. Committee member – Respiratory eHealth Committee. 2016 – 2019.

 

·       National eHealth Conference. Steering Committee member. 2013 – Present.

 

·       University of Toronto. Instructor – Change Management Course. Masters, Health Informatics Program. 2016.
 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I have been a member of Digital Health Canada for over a decade and have personally benefited from the networking, education and other services that the organization provides. I believe passionately that we, as digital health professionals, are in the best position to advocate for digital health.  As an organization, Digital Health Canada can amplify our voices and I would like the opportunity to further my contribution to this effort.  I have a national network, broad knowledge of initiatives from across the country, clinical experience, and am passionate about the difference that digital health can make to improving health care in Canada. The COVID pandemic has changed the care delivery model almost overnight so that virtual care is now the norm.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for Digital Health Canada to ‘connect, inspire and educate’ to realize the goal that ‘virtual first’ becomes the new normal. I would love to be part of that journey!

 

 

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
Yes, since 2011.

 

 

What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.

·       Masters, Health Science – Health Administration

 

·       Respiratory Therapy Diploma

 

·       Bachelor of Science – Life Sciences

 

·       CPHIMS-CA

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.

Self-directed, certified health informatics professional with 23 years of healthcare experience encompassing several roles in patient care (respiratory therapy), healthcare administration, change management, health informatics and innovation. Skilled in delivery of organizational strategy with focused execution of strategic objectives achieved through collaboration with external stakeholders and high performing teams across the organization.  Proven ability to lead multidisciplinary teams and partner with key stakeholders to drive key initiatives; successfully communicates and establishes relationships across all organizational levels.

Candidate Keltie Jamieson

Keltie Jamieson, Sr. Director, One Person One Record Program, Nova Scotia Health Authority (Nova Scotia)

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
20+ years

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
As a current board member I appreciate the opportunity to work with Digital Health Canada at the national level, while bringing Atlantic context. I have really enjoyed my first term on the board and am hoping to continue.

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
Connect: I appreciate my Digital health community and the connections within Canada and the world. Educate: continuous learning and growning is embedded in everthing I do. Empower: I believe in using our community as a national catalyst to support clinical care.

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
Atlantic Canada perspective, CHCIO certification, big ideas

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
No.

 

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Executives/CIOs, 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.
Board, CHIEF Advisory, Atlantic Advisory, Atlantic Conference/Datapolooza

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
Local health centre board

 

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I am passionate about technology support wellness, patients and clinical care. I am committed to working collabortively locally and nationally to connect, educate and empower.

 

 

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
Yes

 

 

What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.
MA, Certified Health Executive, Certified Health CIO, CPHIMS-CA

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
Keltie Jamieson is the Sr. Director for the One Person, One Record (OPOR) program for the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) & IWK Health Centre. In this role, she is responsible for standing up the program to support OPOR clinical standardization and readiness, and representing IWK, NSHA and the province of NS for the implementation of OPOR Clinical information system. Keltie is also a sessional instructor with Dalhousie University.

Candidate Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones, Vice President, Client Development, Strata Health Solutions (Alberta)

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
4-5 years

 

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
I want to help Digital Health Canada provide value for both small to medium sized businesses as well as digital health professionals as they navigate Canada’s complex healthcare system.

 

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
I’ve spent 17 years in the digital health space working to create connections and rollout digital platforms. This experience is directly relevant to Digital Health Canada’s plan and mandate to encourage network growth and connections, connect digital communities, and rollout a digital platform.

 

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
As a senior executive at a medium sized healthcare vendor I can represent this valuable perspective as it is important for our private Canadian businesses to have a voice in the direction Digital Health Canada takes. Having spent many years working directly on the implementation of digital solutions in the healthcare space I can also provide valuable insights into the complexity around software installation. I also bring to the board the ability to distill key points and ideas from challenging and passionate conversations.

 

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
No

 

 

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Executives/CIOs, Vendors, Leaders, Digital Health Entrepreneurs

 

 

 

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.
Volunteer Experience: CHIEF Advisory committee, Chair of the Alberta Chapter of Digital Health Canada, Part of CHIEF AI working group that produced the Report: A before B Perspectives on AI in Healthcare, Delivered a Webinar Wednesday on Holistic Referral Management. All of the items listed here were contributions to the Digital Health Canada mission by growing and enabling networking, connecting digital communities, and empowering the transfer of knowledge.

 

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
The two most relevant are: Alberta Health Information Exchange Board Member and Chair of the Alberta Chapter of Digital Health Canada.

 

 

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
As a Senior Executive at a Canadian digital health business that services the needs of 500,000+ Canadians each year I bring a valuable perspective to Digital Health Canada. I believe that Digital Health Canada can help enable companies to succeed and improve our healthcare system nationally. The voice Digital Health Canada has should represent the entire digital health community and has the ability drive change. The skills and experience I bring can not only help direct that voice to the areas where we can add the most value, but also ensure we do so in a way that can succeed.

 

 

 

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.
Bachelor of Science

 

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
With a reputation for integrity and accountability, Kevin Jones is a leader in intelligent business development, software implementation, and intuitive client support. An industry veteran, he has a personal commitment to using the power of technology and innovation for good. Kevin has lent his expertise to every level of healthcare information technology over the past 17 years, allowing him to grow and develop deep insight into the solutions available to healthcare clients. His ability to offer the utmost in client support through an entire project lifecycle has allowed him to spearhead multiple software implementations both nationally and internationally. He leads a team of client services professionals in delivering outstanding service to clients across all levels of health care organizations.

Candidate Angela Lianos

Angela Lianos, Director, Digital Health Data & Services, eHealth Ontario (Ontario)

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
November 2013

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
In my senior role at Ontario Health Digital Services, I have led and participated in many initiatives within the broader health sector. This is an opportune time to be engaged in yet another aspect, to take on additional challenges, and to give back to the health informatics community. In fact, I am doing just that as Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Toronto’s Master of Health Informatics Program. In addition, the prospect of being involved with a multidisciplinary board is very exciting because it will allow me to continue to share different perspectives. Further, I constantly want to ensure that I am as engaged as possible with the broader health sector and being on the Digital Health Canada Board will be a key part of being as broad-minded as possible and maintaining the integral link between health informatics and clinical, IM/IT, and management practices. My desire to be engaged and collaborate with the health informatics community outside of my employment and to give back leads me to the Digital Health Canada organization and specifically its Board of Directors.

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
My career spans over 25 years in healthcare, with 19 of those in information management strategy and digital health transformation for hospitals, for-profit corporations, government, and most recently eHealth Ontario. In my various progressive roles, I have successfully led multidisciplinary, cross-functional teams to deliver optimized workflow and patient experience through the sharing of data, high quality products and IT services on time and on budget, in complex, dynamic, and often highly political environments. I have consistently met stakeholders’ needs through negotiation, critical thinking, and overall leadership. At the same time, I have provided subject matter expertise and strategic advice to more senior executives, managed significant budgets, and built my teams to be highly engaged and motivated even during times of constant change through my supportive leadership abilities and by championing a relentless focus on patients and their caregivers. This experience aligns with the work that Digital Health Canada is doing to ensure that its members and the sector overall are educated, certified, connecting through events and other forums, and creating an inspirational and robust health informatics community.

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?I am in the healthcare sector by design: my work and academic experience have been purposeful in becoming a leader and advocating for greater alignment of practices and processes for a more integrated health system. I have led transformative innovation in informatics, diagnostic imaging, labs, general hospital workflows including transition of care settings, long-term care, and neurosurgery, for the benefit of patients, caregivers, and clinicians. The combination of clinical, IT, and informatics from a number of sectors means that I can provide a holistic perspective and collaborate well with other Board members.

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I worked in a clinical setting and with patients, mostly performing administrative functions for 9 years in a hospital and private clinic. I also worked in a clinical setting the subsequent 7 years in managerial and leadership roles. In addition, I volunteered at a hospital where I worked closely with patients providing assistance to registered health providers such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Executives/CIOs, Emerging Professionals, Clinicians, Vendors, IM/IT Practitioners, Leaders, Academic & Research, Healthcare Institutions, National eHealth Organizations, Digital Health Entrepreneurs

 

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.
Within the last five years, I have taught Core Health Informatics courses for Digital Health Canada for the CPHIMS exam and also in support of Digital Health Canada’s partnership with The Centre for Education and Training. Teaching these courses has been significant as I can see the positive impact these programs have. I have stayed in touch with many students and watched them thrive as they move on to new roles within the health informatics space. That has been significant but also humbling and rewarding. I have also presented at several Digital Health Canada conferences.

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
In addition to my contributions to Digital Health Canada, I also teach at Skills for Change (also a program for new Canadians). Additionally, I am Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Health Informatics program where I lead students through a course in global, public, and population health.

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
Digital Health Canada members should vote for me because I can eloquently, passionately, and tirelessly represent their own commitment to advancing the health informatics agenda in Canada through my leadership, innovation, collaboration, professionalism, and integrity. I have spent the majority of my life in multidisciplinary settings – from my university education and beyond. An environment which supports and encourages diversity for the common goal of improving information to improve health outcomes is one in which I would thrive and in doing so, be an advocate for Digital Health Canada members and Digital Health Canada’s overall mandate.

 

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
Yes

 

What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.
Master’s in Health Science Administration from the University of Toronto; Honours Bachelor of Arts: Specialist Degree International Relations and 2 Minor Degrees in French and Japanese Studies from the University of Toronto

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
Angela has spent over 25 years working in healthcare including acute care facilities and healthcare policy organizations. 20 of those have been spent working in healthcare IT across the country for hospitals, software vendors, as well as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and eHealth Ontario (now Ontario Health – Digital Services), leading process and system optimization initiatives. Her successful record includes leading the implementation of Ontario’s first provincial-scale diagnostic imaging strategy. In that capacity while leading the effort to provide all hospitals with the capability to contribute to the provincial DI repositories and share that information provincially, her work on the Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System (ENITS) resulted in significant reductions in unnecessary patient transfers, savings of tens of millions of dollars, and multiple provincial awards. More recently, her work on the Long-Term Care eConnect initiative resulted in the efficient provision of digital health information to this critical sector and an Innovation in Care Delivery Team Award. Angela’s current portfolio at Ontario Health includes working with partners across Ontario’s healthcare sector to lead and execute the strategy related to data contribution and sharing with eHealth Ontario’s digital health solutions. Angela also serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto for the Master of Health Informatics Program.

Candidate Shannon Malovec

Shannon Malovec, Chief Digital Health Officer, Provincial Health Services Authority (British Columbia)

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
For over 15 years

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
I have now served 1 term on the Digital Health Canada Board and have observed the opportunity to promote Digital Health collaboration across the country from public to private sectors and would like to continue this journey. I have worked in the Health Informatics industry for over 15 years, after graduating from UVIC’s Health Information Science program in 2004. Throughout this time, I have completed my Masters in Health Information Science and have had the opportunity to grow a successful career, while building partnerships and gaining experience within both the public and the private sectors. I have had the opportunity to provide consulting services, project management services, establish strategies, lead health authority operational teams, and lead product development. This collective experience has allowed me to grow as a leader, working with partners to advance our digital health industry. I feel I have established a strong presence, both in Western Canada, but also nationally. I have had the opportunity to serve on the BC Health Information Management Professionals Society (BCHIMPS) Board in the past, and have a strong level of experience required to participate in this Board. I feel that with my past experience and current position, I am in an excellent place to serve as a Board member to Digital Health Canada now. Additionally with my current location being out West, I feel I can bring forward a strong Western perspective, while also understanding the national context.

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
My personal objectives of helping to grow this industry is aligned with Digital Health Canada’s strategic plan and mandate. Serving on the Board has allowed me to contribute to Digital Health Canada’s new strategic plan. I see an opportunity to support the Board continue with its strategic objectives to help further connection and collaboration across our sector in Canada. Today, one of my personal objectives is supporting new leaders in this field with mentorship, support, career planning and networking, similar to what I was provided with. I believe I can help the Board in the following ways: 1) Enhance Membership Value Through Network Growth and Connections. Being connected to the BCHIMPS Board, I have a keen interest in drawing additional value for members of BCHIMPS and Digital Health Canada. I also have an interest in drawing a partnership with the Emerging Health Leaders organization. 2) Connect Communities. The objective in my current role is to build partnerships iacross multiple organizations. I will continue to carry this “connection” mentality into my role on the Board. 3) Empower Professional Development and Advocacy. Through my strong relationship with the University of Victoria, where I actively support with guest lectures, I have a strong interest in sharing best practices, and growing the capacity and capability of our digital health industry. 4) Implement Digital Business Platform. My experience implementing and operating a number of different clinical information solutions (Epic, Allscripts, Cerner, TELUS solutions) can be leveraged to support Digital Health Canada’s platform requirements. 5) Build Brand Awareness and Brand Value. I will continue to support the Board to build the brand by representing us well at industry conferences, events, and social forums.

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
I believe I can bring a wide range of experience and perspective to the Board. Having a background directly related to this industry, from UVIC’s Health Information Science Program, I have had the opportunity to work in many different facets of our industry. I have had the opportunity to work overseas, in the United States, and in Canada working for the both public health sector and private vendor and consulting firms. I have had roles both strategic and delivery focused in nature, and operational in nature. Through this breadth of experience I have established many strong relationships with public and private partners along the way. I believe my unique skillset is to offer a deep understanding of this industry, representing both the public and private sides, facilitating strong relationships with stakeholders on both sides. I truly believe, and carry this into my day to day work, that for our digital health industry to advance in Canada we need to collaborate, partner, and enable public and private partnerships. I believe this to be true for public and private partners, as well as academic institutions and research organizations.

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
No clinical. Health Information Science background. Have worked in hospitals directly with clinicians.
What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Executives/CIOs, Emerging Professionals, Telehealth, Leaders, Healthcare Institutions, National eHealth Organizations

 

 

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 served on the Board of Digital Health Canada for the last two years and have supported with further development of the organization’s strategic plan. I serve on the BC Chapter Advisory committee and helped to establish this committee. I also serve on the eHealth conference organizing committee and the sub-Board Partnerships Committee.

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
I have served on the BC Health Information Management Professional Society Board.

 

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
In summary to the points listed above, I believe Digital Health Canada members should vote for me for the following reasons: 1) My passion to build awareness and advance our collective industry; 2) My depth of experience working internationally and nationally in public and private organizations; 3) My relationships with industry specific academic programs, such as UVIC Health Information Science; 4) My roots within BC to generate more traction and membership in the West Coast; and 5) My desire to build partnerships to achieve cost efficiencies and results in what we do.

 

 

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.
Bachelor of Honors in Health Information Science, plus Masters in Health Information Science. Also PMP certified.

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
Shannon is a highly skilled health informatics leader, passionate about transforming healthcare through patient engagement and experienced in strategic planning, portfolio/program management, and systems implementation. Shannon is Chief Digital Innovation Officer for BC Provincial Health Services Authority. In her role Shannon works through with the Ministry of Health and the BC Health Authorities to drive digital health advancements in the Province. Prior to PHSA, Shannon served as Principal, Patient Engagement at TELUS Health. In her role Shannon led the strategy development, product management, delivery management, and operations of TELUS Health’s patient facing applications, including Personal Health Record, Home Health Monitoring, and EMR Portals. She also led the execution of major health transformation initiatives and was responsible for the delivery of consulting services. Shannon has also worked with a health management consulting company in Canada and in the United States and was engaged in strategic planning, project management and implementation initiatives. Shannon spent time working with various healthcare organizations, hospitals and private sector IT companies in Toronto, New York and Illinois where she was involved in the planning and implementation of a variety of clinical solutions.

Candidate Mary Sanagan

Mary Sanagan, Partner, Deloitte (Ontario)

 

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
10+ years

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
I have a passion for our publically funded health system. Canada is so heavily underinvested in technology that we have a wonderful opportunity to change the patient experience through digitally enabled solutions, and Digital Health Canada has a role to play in this shift.

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
I spend most of my days helping diverse groups of stakeholders achieve a common goal. This experience prepares me to support the Digital Health Canada mandate of bringing together ideas from multiple segments for incubation and advocacy. It is through this incubation of ideas that we can collectively push for change.

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
The future of our healthcare system is dependent on realizing a digitally enabled experience that is customer-driven, agile, and insights-empowered. This vision will require both public and private investment in the system. Over the years, I have spent time working in both the public and private sector and I understand the pressures and drivers for success within each that will help build the vision.

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
No

 

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Executives/CIOs, Vendors, IM/IT Practitioners, Leaders, Healthcare Institutions, National eHealth Organizations

 

 

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.
Board Member 2018-2020

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
For the last four years, all my volunteer time is spent working with Cystic Fibrosis Canada. We run five fundraising events a year, including Toronto’s premier Decant Gala, where we have raised over $1,000,000 in five years!

 

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I have spent the last 20 years trying to make the health system better through technology. I have a unique perspective of what needs to be done from working within the system, as a consultant to the system, plus navigating the system as a heavy user of its services. I will bring this perspective of a consumer, a navigator, and an industry leader to all discussions to help address our challenges and opportunities from a holistic lens.

 

 

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.
B.Sc, PMP, ITIL

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
Mary is a Partner in Deloitte’s Health Transformation practice and has over 20 years of large technology-enabled transformation experience in the Canadian and US health markets. Mary is a certified project management professional, and leads strategic/advisory engagements focused solely in the digital health space. Mary retains extensive knowledge of Hospital Information Systems, Electronic Health Records and departmental clinical system design and implementations. She has executed large program management, including governance establishment, resource planning, and risk management. She has a strong knowledge of hospital operationally and clinical workflows. Mary is an active presenter at national conferences, and is a published author.

Candidate Blair White

Blair White, Vice President, NL Centre for Health Information, Newfoundland

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada
Ten plus years

 

 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
I have been working in the digital health sector for 13 years. Currently, I am Vice President of Corporate Services at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI), an organization focused on ‘improved health through innovative technologies and quality information.’ Since joining the NLCHI team, I have fostered my passion for digital health. Particularly through roles such as leading the implementation of the original electronic health record (EHR) blueprint in Newfoundland and Labrador and more recently the implementation of the province’s electronic medical record (EMR). These exciting and innovative initiatives have allowed me to witness firsthand how digital health is advancing healthcare. Building on these experiences, I am interested in sharing my knowledge and skills to help further advance the digital health sector across Canada. I believe that my experience in the industry would be beneficial to the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors and setting future direction for the organization.

 

 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
Over the last two decades, the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) has become a national leader in digital health and I am proud to have played a role that journey. Since joining the organization, I have gained considerable experience and expertise in the digital health industry which is well aligned with the mandate and strategic plan of Digital Health Canada. In particular, my experiences leading the EHR and EMR implementations in Newfoundland and Labrador have provided me with valuable insight on the effectiveness of collaboration, partnership and strong working relationships within the health care sector. I have also been inspired by the role of digital health in advancing and connecting frontline healthcare and improving both care and decision-making across the sector.

 

 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
In addition to many years of experience in the digital health field, I bring the unique perspective of leading the implementation of front line clinical software. These experiences have allowed me to see the value of collaboration and education and equipped me with the skills required to work across multiple governance organizations as well as incorporate the operational elements to deliver one common solution. I also bring experience in the governance of healthcare data. My experience on the EMR implementation exposed me to the legal framework required for sharing data as a complex custodianship model. Through my execution and operational experiences of both an EHR and EMR, I bring a wealth of vendor management experience. I also understand vendor thinking and potential pain points in our industry. Further, I bring perspectives learned from working with the provincial Health Ministry, along with federal oversight and funding organizations. Overall, I have a broad knowledge of the many stakeholders involved in digital health in Canada. I understand the various strategic visions involved and where the similarities and differences lie in those visions. I am passionate about digital health in Canada and believe that my tangible experiences in Newfoundland and Labrador would benefit the Digital Health Canada Board.

 

 

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
While I have not been involved in direct patient care, the tools and technology that my teams and I have implemented for frontline clinics and the health care providers who deliver patient care are having a direct impact. There is much to learn as it relates to digital health and I believe that my experiences in the implementation of the EHR and EMR in Newfoundland and Labrador have broadened my understanding of health care delivery and how technology is helping to advance care.

 

 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.
Executives/CIOs, Telehealth, IM/IT Practitioners, Leaders, National eHealth Organizations

 

 

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.
In the past five years, I have been involved with three Digital Health Canada committees including: eSafety Guidelines; HIP and Enterprise Innovation.

 

 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
In my current role as Vice President of Corporate Services, I am the corporate secretary to our Board. I am a board member in my volunteer life in basketball, I am a board member for our provincial basketball association in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

 

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I am passionate about digital health care and understand the importance of technology to advancing patient care in our country. I also understand the value of networking and collaboration in the creation and evolution of these solutions. By working together, we can grow and develop as professionals, support those within the industry, inspire new ideas and continue to expand digital health. I believe that my experiences in digital health across Newfoundland and Labrador have provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to help continue to advance Digital Health Canada’s mandate and strategic plan. Digital Health Canada continues to ‘accelerate the positive change digital health can deliver’ and I believe that my background and experience will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of digital health in Canada and the Digital Health Canada organization.

 

 

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
Yes

 

 

What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.
Degrees:
1. Bachelor of Computer Science, St. Francis Xavier University – 1994
2. Bachelor of Information Systems, St. Francis Xavier University – 1995
3. Mini-MBA, McGill University – 2020
Designations:
1. Public Sector Leadership Program, Memorial University of NL-2013
2.CPHIMS-CA – 2011 3. ITIL foundations – 2007
4. Project Management Professional (PMP)- 2006
5. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – 2005
6. IBM – Unix Specialists – 2000
7. Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MSCE) – 1998
8.Certified Level III National Sport Coach – 2013

 

 

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health.
Extensive leadership experience in strategic planning, financial management as well as stakeholder engagement/Proficient Information System professional with over 13 years of leadership and management experience /Fifteen years leading and working within highly functioning organizations within Healthcare /Extensive experience reporting to governance structures, including Boards and formal project governance /Successful manager of multi-million dollar capital projects/Strategic planning leadership and implementation experience/Extensive knowledge of the provincial and federal healthcare industry/Adept communicator with the ability to build rapport and cultivate positive relationships with key stakeholders