Meet 2022 Board of Directors Election Candidate Mike Checkley

Founded Accuro EMR in 2003  – Sold and implemented first 70 Doctor subscribers – Joined QHR with Accuro as subsidiary in 2004 as Accuro Product and Operations Manager – First EMR certification (Alberta VCUR) in 2004 – Various certifications and system integrations provincially from 2004 to 2010, including lab, EHR, ADT, patient registries, provider registries. Standards work implementing HL7 v2, v3, and FHIR. Led growth of Accuro business across Canada to 6,500 Doctor subscribers – Appointed as CEO of QHR in 2015 – Sold QHR to Loblaw in late 2016 – Led growth of Accuro business to 20,000 healthcare provider subscribers (current state) – Vision is to empower providers and their patients with a connected healthcare experience. We need collaboration between industry, government, providers, and patients to accomplish this. We need to use our limited resources wisely, and create sustainable, scalable solutions.

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

Recent member and interested in getting further involved to help drive a connected health network in Canada.

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

To contribute an industry perspective to the problem sets we are tackling, and to hear other perspectives with the goal of aligning our priorities.

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

I was a founder of Accuro EMR 20 years ago as we expanded to a national EMR provider. Our mission is to Connect Canadian Healthcare which aligns with Digital Health Canada. Although this has progressed, change has been slow and we need to improve our siloed approach to solutioning.

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

I have a blend of business and technical experience/skills to bridge the market-solution-business gaps. I would like the opportunity to bring a very practical perspective on the feasibility of ideas, as I spend a great deal of time speaking to physicians and our own development teams to prioritize, solution, and bring ideas to life in our markets.

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

I do not. My understanding of the patient experience directly is really emerging through our recent work in our patient app now reaching 2 m users.

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

  • Executives/CIOs
  • Telehealth
  • Clinicians
  • Vendors
  • IM/IT Practitioners
  • 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.

As a recent member, I have not yet had the chance to sit on any committees. I believe that as a leader at QHR a major recent contribution to the digital health ecosystem in Canada has been the explosive adoption of patient facing technology being used by our nearly 20,000 Providers in Canada

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

Technation Health (formerly ITAC) Board Member from 2015-2021 COEDC (Economic Development Commission) Board Chair (current position)

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

For an industry perspective on digital health and to help influence our priorities as one of Canada’s largest EMR providers.

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.

Computer Information Systems, 2003, University of Okanagan (now UBC-O)