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?



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