Meet 2023 Board of Directors Election Candidate Erin O’Halloran

Candidate name: Erin O’Halloran
Title: Lead – Western Canada
Organization: AWS

Spanning more than 20 years in various strategic, enterprise and business development roles across the healthcare industry, Erin is motivated by finding innovative ways to tackle complex problems. Throughout her career in BioPharma, medical devices, and startups, she has advocated for patient and citizen needs by identifying opportunities in underserved markets and delivering cross-functional strategies to address them.

As a trusted advisor to several firms while Principal Consultant for Foster & Spark Consulting, O’Halloran developed, customized, and implemented strategic solutions for each organization that resulted in measurable successes, including several health technology companies, Fortune 500 organizations and public sector healthcare customers. As a college instructor, she lent her business and strategic expertise to guide her students’ understanding of challenging concepts and problem-solving with critical thinking and practicality. Erin volunteered as a Board Director for the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation for 7 years and has devoted her career to helping her customers and clients improve the healthcare system and impact meaningful change.

In her current role with AWS as the Healthcare Lead for the Western Canada Public Sector, she works closely with partners, health authorities and Ministries of Health in Western Canada to support their journey to the cloud, and digitally transform their organizations.

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

4 years

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

During and following the COVID pandemic, there has been an acceleration of adoption of not only new digital health technologies but an expansion of collaboration nationally and globally across previously disparate organizations and between private and public sectors – even leveraging best practices and innovation from outside the healthcare vertical. It’s the most exciting time in history to work in healthcare technology!

Some of my most valued colleagues and partners are members of Digital Health Canada—sharing a joint passion and mission to catalyze the healthcare community. By making a more formalized commitment to my work with Digital Health Canada, I hope to bring representation of Western Canada and the digital healthcare vendor community to the organization.

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

With more than 20+ years working in the healthcare sector— from biotech to medical devices to digital health—I have been fortunate to have a wide variety of experiences and lenses through which I have viewed the “system”.

For the Digital Health Canada 2023 priorities, my experiences also align:  Empower individuals, Knowledge Sharing & Lifelong Learning, and Advancement & Advocacy:

Locally and provincially my network spans western Canada (via HIMSS BC Chapter, ANHIX, etc). Nationally and globally I am fortunate through my work with AWS to collaborate, learn and network and present/facilitate at national and international conferences (eHealth, ViVE, HLTH:, HIMSS, RSNA, FWD50 etc.)

Working at AWS, I am incredibly fortunate to have a broad, strategic view to the entire partner ecosystem across the digital health space (data & analytics, AI/ML, workforce management, virtual care, privacy & security, longitudinal patient records, interoperability) and am grateful for the partnerships and collaborations that have resulted.

I have also spent much time in my career in the life sciences, startup and health technology sectors, and believe strongly that this experience will bring value to my role as a Digital Health Canada board member.

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

In addition to my professional, education and formal training/background in healthcare and digital health technology, the following “value add” skillsets will accompany me: I have worked as a consultant advising organizations (fortune 500 and startups alike) on team and interpersonal dynamics, with certifications in a number of interpersonal assessment tools (DiSC, MBTI, True Colours, etc.)

I have also been fortunate to have experience as a college instructor, with training and background in course/curriculum design, adult education, workshop facilitation and instruction.

Some of my career was also spent in strategic marketing – developing strategic plans, brand development, event planning, and executive presentation design & delivery.

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

No direct clinical experience, but my entire professional career has supported HCPs directly across the country, western provinces, and the globe.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

  • Executives/CIOs
  • Clinicians
  • Vendors
  • IM/IT Practitioners
  • Leaders
  • Healthcare Institutions
  • 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.

Due to the majority of the past 5 years being spent supporting our partners and customers with their pandemic response, I have not spent a significant amount of time on Digital Health Canada task groups. I was a speaker at both Digital Health Canada regional events in Alberta and BC this year.

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

I am a mentor within the AWS organization and am also a “bar-raiser”, completing over 120 interviews for various AWS positions. I am certified in the Culture of Innovation workshop, a Tier 1 speaker and a certified Cloud Practitioner. I was a member of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation board for 8 years, a member of the Strategic Marketing Committee for Douglas College for 7 years, a current member of the Board of Directors for Choice School for Gifted Children, a member of ANHIX and HIMSS – BC Chapter. I also lead a team of diverse AWS experts to deliver digital health solutions in Western Canada.

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

I am passionate, engaged, energetic and incredibly mission-driven – I can’t believe that in the 20+ years of my career – regardless of the organization or role – I’ve been relentlessly focused on one goal: to improve the lives of patients and citizens. It is what gets me out of bed every morning.

One of my favourite sayings is “Faster alone, farther together.”  Bridging the gap between the private and public sectors is critical to address the challenges and opportunities that face our national and provincial healthcare systems. Collaborating across provincial, national, and international borders is essential to scale our knowledge, understanding and efforts to make real change.

My unique professional background and my most recent experiences working for Amazon Web Services as their healthcare lead for Western Canada for the past 4 years have provided me invaluable insights into the challenges of our healthcare partners – in particular in Western Canada.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered for the board of directors of Digital Health Canada and have tremendous respect for the work done by the various teams, members, directors and participants. I’d be incredibly grateful for the opportunity to contribute as one of the newest board members.

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.

CPHIMS  MBA – Management Consulting  Bachelor’s Degree – double major biology/kinesiology  AWS – Certified Cloud Practitioner  MIT School of Management – Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare