Vice President – Programs & Technology
eHealth Saskatchewan

 

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

6 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I pride myself on my strategic outlook, and system level thinking. In a time of challenges never before faced by our healthcare system and a national focus on healthcare reform. I would be a great asset to the board in helping to resolve some of these challenges by bringing a strategic outlook to problem resolution that goes beyond simply addressing symptoms. With my knowledge and experience, I could help create plans to accelerate the use of Digital Health or Health Information & Communication Technologies (Health ICT) across Canada. Furthermore, as a member of the Digital Health Canada board, I would bring this same perspective and value and also have a forum to advocate for Digital Health nationally, as well as locally.

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

Since 2009, I have successfully advocated, and have been a vocal leader, for the use of Health Information & Communication Technologies, the practice of clinical Informatics and clinical workflow automation in Saskatchewan’s health care system. I have led many provincial programs and large transformational initiatives in the spaces of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), a rapid provincial deployment of Panorama, the development of the provincial Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the consolidation of acute care clinical systems, among others. Currently, I am accountable for the strategy, delivery, sustainability and maintenance of all provincial Health Information & Communication Technologies, services and infrastructure for Saskatchewan. My experience at the political level, as well as front line and citizen engagement, has positioned me to support the achievement Digital Health Canada’s vision and strategic objectives. Additionally, my organization is striving to achieve many of the same objectives regarding engagement, increasing value to our partners, empowering people, building a digital strategy for citizens, as well as brand strategy and awareness, which will enable me to bring real time learnings back to Digital Health Canada and help expedite its success.

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

Strategic systems thinker, pragmatic, politically astute, the lens of provincial accountability scaled to a national level.

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

No.

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

Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; 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?

N/A

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

Senior executive accountable for Saskatchewan’s Health Information & Communication Technologies ecosystem. Chair of many provincial committees that have been established to drive health improvements, member of the Canada Health Infoway CIO forum, member of the Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and most recently a contributor to the Infoway virtual care advisory group.

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

I am a strong advocate for the health industry—for the health care professionals who work hard each and every day and for the future it can have to improve the lives of everyday citizens. I consistently look to innovate on what other jurisdictions have done, support my provincial counterparts in moving their strategies forward and passionate about what digital health can do for me, my friends and my family. I will bring this same mindset to the Digital Health Canada board, work to accelerate the achievement of each of the 5 Strategic objectives and never compromise on obtaining the vision that has been set. I will support the organization whole heartedly both as a Digital Health Canada board member and through my role with eHealth Saskatchewan.

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?

No.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Business, Certificate of Economics, Certified in the Saskatchewan Healthcare Management System, Prosci/ADKAR Certified

Biography

As the Vice President of Programs & Technology for eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth), I work closely with health system partners to strategize, plan, deliver, support and optimize all technology operations, transformational initiatives and operational clinical systems that will improve health information sharing and patient care. I am also responsible and accountable for the Provincial Electronic Health Record (EHR), Citizen Health Portal and all partner and customer delivered services and operations. I am always looking for new opportunities that will improve information access for providers and the quality of care for patients and families. Throughout my six years at eHealth, I have managed the community and primary health care, as well as integrated EHR programs. One of my biggest achievements was developing and leading the provincial EHR strategy and delivery. I also led the development and implementation of the Chronic Disease Management Quality Improvement Program initiative, as well as multiple provincial system consolidation initiatives. Before joining eHealth, I was the Program Lead for the Saskatchewan Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Program with the Saskatchewan Medical Association. I also worked in private sector IT in business development and relationship management.