How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?
Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?
I have seen the benefits of digital enablement of health care first-hand and want to assist in continuing to promote these benefits, especially better patient outcomes and the safer delivery of patient care across Canada. I envision Digital Health Canada playing a key role in achieving this success by connecting professionals from different communities in the industry and incubating knowledge, experience, and innovative ideas. Digital health will be a key enabler to the transformation of healthcare, and I believe I can assist Digital Health Canada help provide a platform to incubate, activate and connect the resources in the industry to achieve a successful transformation.
How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
I started my career as a Registered Nurse and have real-world front-line experience delivering patient care, and first-hand knowledge about the challenges. This, combined with my IT diploma gives me a unique perspective that aligns and supports the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate. Throughout my career I actively promote the modernization of the EHR and IT in general to support Healthcare. I believe in building national capacity through my channels and networks. I believe in bringing people and sectors together. My experience and passion for this work is a solid fit at Digital Health Canada.
What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
I have over 17 years of experience in the healthcare setting with a strong focus in leading large scale clinical transformations and delivering digital/cognitive strategies to healthcare organizations around the world. I bring a unique and international experience of delivering care as a Registered Nurse, and leading and implementing transformation initiatives in various managerial positions at hospitals, for vendors, provincial agencies and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
Yes – I started my career as a Registered Nurse. I did my diploma in Canada, my degree in Australia, then I practiced in the UK at Hammersmith Hospital, specializing in both cardiovascular surgery and then Recovery Room (PACU). When I moved back to Canada to do an IT diploma, I worked part time as an RN at UHN on a surgical cardiac unit. When I graduated from IT school I knocked at the door of SIMS explaining why they should hire me. It was my first transition point into Health IT.
What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?
Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Clinicians; Vendors; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Healthcare Institutions; National eHealth Organizations; Digital Health Entrepreneurs
With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?
I have been working at member firms for Digital Health Canada for many years. All of my work aligns with the Mission and Vision of Digital Health Canada. I support Lydia Lee with organizing the Women in Health IT events that are organic social events held quarterly. I have run Clinical groups in two previous organizations with the goal of bridging the gap between Clinical and IT in my industry. I have contributed to materials presented at previous COACH/Digital Health Canada conferences (e.g., presentations delivered by Judy Murphy, CNO for Global IBM).
What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
I belong to the Board of Directors for Peel Senior’s Link, in addition to sitting on the Quality Committee for this Board. I have been a member for the past 2 years.
Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
You will gain an energetic and enthusiastic Board member, with relevant skills and expertise to help empower professional development. I will also help enhance value for the members by identifying opportunities to bring together industry professionals across different communities. I will help spread the knowledge of Digital Health Canada’s work through my network, and help drive the national strategy forward. Further, I will be a strong advocate for Digital Health Canada, and empower others to do the same.
Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
RN, BScN, MBA, PMP, IT diploma, Ambulatory Epic certification
I have over 17 years of experience in the healthcare setting with a strong focus in leading large scale clinical transformations and delivering digital/cognitive strategies to healthcare organizations around the world. Currently at KPMG Canada I continue this work. I bring a unique and international experience of delivering care as a Registered Nurse, and leading and implementing transformation initiatives in various managerial positions at hospitals, for vendors, provincial agencies and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, PMP, MBA, with an IT diploma, and hold an Epic Ambulatory certification. I have also worked on many Cerner projects, including large-scale multi-site implementations. Other than my experience on the vendor and hospital side, I led projects at the MOHLTC rolling out initiatives like Emergency Department Process Improvement Project (ED PIP). Further, I have also worked for agencies like Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), rolling out Oncology Provider-Order-Entry System (OPIS) province-wide. I have led various digital/technology system implementations during my stint at Eclipsys (now Allscripts) across Canada and the US. At IBM I adopted/optimized technology and knowledge-based solutions for healthcare organizations focusing on Clinical Transformations including Digital and Cognitive solutions to manage issues like Length of Stay (LOS), Avoidable Re-Admissions, Access and Flow.