eHealth Ontario Appoints Sarah Kramer President and CEO



    
    Results-driven leader will oversee agenda to improve patient care and
    safety
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Sarah Kramer, a veteran healthcare innovator
with a record of results, has been appointed to lead the new eHealth Ontario
agency. The appointment was made official by the Board of Directors of eHealth
Ontario, the new agency created last month to harness information and
technology to improve patient care in Ontario. Ms. Kramer has served as
Vice-President and Chief Information Officer with Cancer Care Ontario, as well
as Lead for the Wait Time Information Management Strategy to reduce wait times
in Ontario.
    "Sarah Kramer is a practical, results-orientated health care leader with
a public track record of achievements in multiple jurisdictions," said 
Dr. Alan Hudson, Chair of eHealth Ontario. "Her leadership has advanced
evidence-based decision making and patient safety, and I am confident she will
continue that success with eHealth Ontario."
    Ms. Kramer's appointment is effective immediately, with a start date of
Nov. 3, 2008. She is scheduled to give her first public address as President
and CEO of eHealth Ontario at the annual Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
conference on Tuesday, November 4, at 2:00 p.m.
    "I'm honoured and excited to take on this important leadership role with
eHealth Ontario," said Ms. Kramer. "This new agency will play a critical role
in achieving the Ontario government's overall health strategy of building a
safer and sustainable healthcare system that leads to improved patient care."
    The key priorities of eHealth Ontario include: creating a Diabetes
Registry that will ensure people with diabetes in the province are receiving
the best possible care; establishing an e-prescribing system to eliminate
hand-written prescriptions and reduce medication errors; and developing an
e-health portal which will allow healthcare providers and patients to easily
and securely access the health information they need to deliver and receive
better care. The agency will also oversee the development of a province-wide
electronic health record system by 2015 that will be used to improve
healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, reduce emergency room wait times
and ultimately create a more effective healthcare system. eHealth Ontario will
work with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario (IPC)
to ensure the protection of personal health information.

    
    BIO - Sarah Kramer
    President and Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Ontario
    

    Sarah Kramer is a leading senior healthcare executive who has served in
high level positions for the Nova Scotia and Ontario governments and in
healthcare organizations in Ontario. Ms. Kramer has a deep knowledge of
healthcare systems management and planning, operations management, change
management, and information management and technology. She is known for her
unwavering, passionate commitment to delivering practical, concrete results
that improve the co-ordination of healthcare services, facilitate better
collaboration among providers, and deliver better, safer healthcare to
patients.
    Prior to her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of
eHealth Ontario, she served since 2004 as Vice President and Chief Information
Officer (CIO) at Cancer Care Ontario. In this role, Ms. Kramer focused on
building provincial information tools, data stores and technology to improve
provider and system performance, innovation and accountability - with the
ultimate goal of improving outcomes for Ontario's cancer patients.
    Additionally, Ms. Kramer led the development and implementation of the
information infrastructure to support Ontario's Wait Time Strategy, including
the establishment of the province-wide e-health application - the Wait Times
Information System (WTIS) - and the Provincial Client Registry. The WTIS, an
integral part of the province's strategy to reduce wait times, is now being
used by over 2,500 physicians and has contributed to improving access to care
for over one million patients per year. The client registry contributes to the
foundation for Ontario's electronic health record.
    Previously, Ms. Kramer served as the CIO for the Nova Scotia Department
of Health. Under her leadership, Nova Scotia implemented a province-wide
hospital-based electronic health record. She also played a leadership role in
advancing Atlantic and national collaboration, public/private sector
partnerships, and worked closely with Canada Health Infoway in the development
of their inaugural business plan.
    Prior to her Nova Scotia experience, Ms. Kramer held a number of senior
positions in Ontario's healthcare, government and private sectors. She was a
senior advisor to the Secretary of Cabinet (Policies and Priorities) regarding
the development and implementation of the government's strategic policy
framework, legislative strategy and agenda, annual budget and cross-government
restructuring initiatives. In addition, Ms. Kramer has worked for a private
healthcare consulting company where she played a leadership role in a range of
strategic and operational projects across Canada and the United States.
    Ms. Kramer graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1988.
She has also been featured in CIO Magazine (March 2007) and is the recipient
of the Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics Award from COACH
(November 2006), Canada's Health Informatics Association. Her leadership
success in reducing wait times in Ontario won her and her team at Cancer Care
Ontario national recognition in 2007 when they were awarded the Gold Award for
Innovative Management from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada
(IPAC) and the prestigious Diamond Award at the Canadian Information
Productivity Awards (CIPA).


    
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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Paul Kilbertus, eHealth Ontario,
(416) 586-4327, cell (416) 562-5805, toll-free 1-888-411-7742,
Paul.Kilbertus@ssha.on.ca

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