Title: Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO)
Organization: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3S 0H6 – Central Zone, Lovett Lake
Req ID: 88005
Post Closing Date: 12-Aug-20. Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

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Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community-based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Reporting to the NSHA VP Medicine, IWK VP Medicine and Quality and Patient Safety, the CMIO is responsible to work with the Senior Director IM/IT and Chief Information Officer, and the Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) to lead clinical transformation for Nova Scotians enabled by technology. This role is a key enabler to Nova Scotia’s One Person, One Record (OPOR) Strategy. Phase 1 of this strategy includes replacement of 3+ aging hospital systems with a province wide clinical information system.

The CMIO, a practicing physician, will need to work closely with physicians across the province to help design and implement the OPOR Strategy.

OPOR is Nova Scotia’s vision for a single integrated health record for every person in the province. The NSHA CMIO will be a visible and active supporter of OPOR with responsibility for change management including clinician engagement and practice standardization to ensure quality of care across multiple information systems.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Leads the clinical practice standardization for physicians across the NSHA and IWK.
  • Engages patient care providers with varying roles to contribute to the effective use of the clinical information system. Works to create clinical protocols, standardization and metrics of clinical documentation to facilitate successful adoption of clinical applications.
  • Serves as a practicing clinician who routinely uses clinical information systems for direct patient care.
  • Accountable for the development of:
    • The physician engagement strategy for OPOR, aligning with IWK and NSHA physician strategies and supported by current IWK and NSHA physician leadership groups
    • The physician education strategy for OPOR
    • Implementing an integrated governance model for physician clinical content
    • Investigating MOC credits for OPOR working groups and education.
    • The physician remuneration strategy for OPOR in collaboration with IWK and NSHA physician services and DHW
  • Participates in the development of the overall clinical engagement strategy that encompasses patient care providers with varying roles including physicians, nursing practitioners, inter-professional team, ancillary department personnel, and health records professionals;
  • Works in collaboration with the OPOR Sr. Director, CNIO, and leaders from the IWK and Department of Health & Wellness to establish clinical measures and monitor progress.
  • Provide guidance and support to physician technology champions around the province to enable the OPOR strategy.
  • Collaboration with CMIO from around the country to learn best practice and lessons learned in large scale clinical technology projects.


  • Physician licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, or eligible for licensure.
  • Certification in Health Informatics, or other certification that is deemed to be equivalent, preferred.
  • Certified Health Executive certification an asset.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience as a health care practitioner, ideally in Nova Scotia
  • Minimum of five years of formal leadership experience with CCPE preferred or PLDP
  • Strong knowledge of health care issues and experience working with patient care and physician leaders
  • Ability to engage with physicians and clinicians in a meaningful way. Strong relationship building skills.
  • Experience in leading teams of staff with indirect accountabilities to other operational units
  • Experience using various health care information systems in Nova Scotia
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to multi-task to meet deadlines
  • Interest in supporting clinical care in NS using technology
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and influencing skills

Hours of Work

  • This is a two year term appointment with annual renewals
  • Work on the project will be for a minimum of four days per week with additional time required at various stages within the project.

Salary Information

  • Salary under review

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date. Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid Registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy. Only online applications are accepted.

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