Women Leaders in Digital Health: Gillian Sweeney

Gillian Sweeney, Vice President, Clinical Information Programs and Change Leadership, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI)

Gillian is a central leadership figure in digital health advancement- both in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), and countrywide. Through her work at NLCHI, Gillian has helped move the Canadian Health Informatics agenda forward. She provides expertise and leadership in the areas of electronic health record management and change management of digital health solutions. At NLCHI, Gillian leads the team responsible for provincial leadership of eHealth projects and clinical information programs. She also supports virtual care delivery throughout the province. This includes hospital information systems, provincial EHRs, EMRs and change management, all of which support clinician adoption, training and education. Under Gillian’s leadership, NLCHI has made huge strides in providing care closer to home. Through initiatives such as the Telepathology Network and Telehealth, Gillian is helping make NL one of the first provinces to launch a province-wide pathology network and is expanding telehealth services throughout the province to physician offices and patient homes. This is crucial to moving the HI agenda forward – by increasing access to care for those in rural and remote regions of the province.

Gillian is a recognized digital health leader in Newfoundland and Labrador, throughout Atlantic Canada and across the country. Her involvement with Digital Health Canada has further bolstered that leadership. Gillian was involved in the establishment of the Atlantic Canada chapter of Digital Health Canada (the first regional branch, launched in 2018) and served on its Board of Directors. She is now co-chair of the Atlantic Chapter Advisory Committee and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Gillian’s knowledge, passion and compassion is bettering the health system of NL. She is truly a pioneer, owing to her commitment to health informatics, her strategic and unwavering support of digital health excellence and her overall team approach to solving challenges.- Dr. Gavin Duffy Medical Advisor NL Centre for Health Information

Congratulations on being voted one of the 2020 Women Leaders in Digital Health, Gillian Sweeney!

Learn more about the Women Leaders in Digital Health Award here.