How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?
25 + years – with Digital Health Canada and COACH, beginning with attendance at the first COACH Conference in 1976.
Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?
My goal in joining the Board is to assist DHC in advocating for key enablers and policy change, particularly related to scalability and a Canadian health IT economy, supporting “jobs for our kids”. Our industry is at an inflection point, with informatics being more critical than ever in the enablement of health transformation. I believe passionately in the growth of Canadian intellectual property within our health IT private sector, as well as the critical need to scale healthcare innovation rapidly across populations. I also wish to contribute my 40+ years in health IT, providing guidance and insights supporting future DHC plans, related to both education of our clinical and IT workforce, including education for our students, as well as shaping and advocating strategic DHC points of view. I believe that I will bring value to the DHC Board by sharing my unique blend of both private and public sector background, as well as a deep understanding of emerging technologies so critical for healthcare transformation.
How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
As an independent, I am able to relate to the DHC members, representing a balanced view across their varied interests, having worked within public sector health organizations as well as the health IT vendor and consulting community. I will bring my knowledge of health transformation globally, gained through my years at IBM, specifically related to value-based care, population health management, digital health, AI and clinical process orchestration. My experience offers a breadth and depth in the critical enabling technologies that are key to health care transformation, specifically digital health, security, consumer engagement, advanced analytics, as well as the emergence of AI and Blockchain. I will assist DHC to connect communities, advocate for policy change, and guide the incubation of knowledge by supporting cross-sector working groups and developing of education content.
What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
I believe that my unique perspective, blending both private sector and public sector, including roles in large scale system integration projects, clinical software development, strategic consulting as well as business acumen, will allow me to provide guidance within the DHC Board. Through my exposure to IBM Research and emerging technologies, I will assist DHC to shape key offerings and advocate for policy evolution. I believe that I am uniquely positioned to relate to DHC members and offer a balance in priorities or ideas. One of our industries greatest challenges is the need to rapidly scale health innovation across entire populations, and my many years within IBM allows me to bring perspectives on large scale integration and scalability – I will bring this knowledge to DHC both at a Board level, but also in shaping DHC offerings. I also bring my view of global research and technology via my exposure to IBM Research and US software vendors, which I am able to combine with my engagements with Canadian health IT start-ups, in order to support DHC’s advocacy role related to an emerging Canadian health IT economy.
Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
No, I have never had any direct patient care experience. However, I have the privilege of being mentored by Canada’s leading clinical and health administration executives who have paved the way for ehealth from the mid-70’s.
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; Academic & Research; 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 not had the opportunity to contribute in the past 5 years due to my business interests. I have contributed to COACH over the years, and did serve on the COACH Board for 3 years in the early 80’s.
What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
I have held Board positions – Saint Elizabeth (SE) Healthcare Board (2005-2009); COACH Board (1982-1985). I am currently leading the advanced technology team at Compugen, designing the digital platform for the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. I hold an Adjunct Lecturer appointment with the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the U of Toronto, teaching within the Master in Health Informatics Program. I led the IBM Health team for Ontario and was a member of the IBM National Health team (2004-2018), with a focus on consumer engagement, analytics and process enablement.
Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
As an independent, I am able to represent all members objectively – both public sector as well as the vendor and consulting community. I understand your diverse interests, pressures and priorities and will be able to assist DHC to develop strategies and offerings that best reflect a balanced view. I am passionate about enabling real healthcare transformation for the Canadian population, while growing “jobs for our kids” via a vibrant Canadian Health IT economy. Our industry is a ‘team sport’, and I have great ability to lead teams, advocate for key policies, and gain consensus, both with my fellow DHC Board members, as well as in working groups with the DHC membership. I believe that I can offer sound strategic advice to the DHC Board in terms of the types of education, support programs, certification tools as well as DHC investments in developing key content and working groups. My years in IBM also provides a strong business background to ensure strategies have a strong economic and value proposition.
Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
No. I am committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA in 2019.
M.Sc in Computing Science – University of Alberta (1972-74); B.Sc in Computing Science – University of Alberta (1967-71)
Extensive experience with digital health, excelling at solution strategies to transform healthcare, building consensus among clinicians and health executives, and shaping a vision for transformation that is exciting, innovative, and achievable. Recognized for his ability to lead teams, gain buy-in from all stakeholders, infuse IT enablers, and communicate effectively at all levels of an organization. Excels at forming creative solutions for complex challenges. Executive management of clinical system implementation founded upon effective information management and system integration principles. Consistently led ‘first of a kind’ initiatives to apply IT enablers to transform healthcare. Leadership roles based on a deep understanding of the healthcare industry and emerging technologies. Adjunct Lecturer at U of Toronto’s IHPME. Expertise in developing solution strategies; Foundation in IM and IT service delivery; Value-based care frameworks; Care delivery transformation; Digital Hospitals; Consumer engagement; Population health management; Regional clinical information systems; Research data commons; HIMSS’7 EMR roadmaps; Design Thinking and agility; Mobility and IOT; AI and advanced analytics; Blockchain in healthcare; Process orchestration; Health IT Blueprints; System integration competencies; Private and public Cloud Employment History 2018- Present Managing Director, PRS Consulting 2007-2018; Ontario Industry Executive, IBM Canada Healthcare 2005-2007 CIO, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network 1998-2005 Health Associate Partner, IBM Australia 1996-1998; Health Solutions Executive, IBM Canada 1992-1996; Managing Director, Health Technology Management 1991-1992; Vice-President, Baxter Healthcare (IBAX) 1985-1991; National Services Manager & Project Executive, Baxter Health 1980-1985; Manager Systems Development, British Columbia Health Association 1974-1980; Health Industry Specialist, IBM Canada.