Ontario Integrates eHealth Activities Under One Agency



    McGuinty Government Appoints Dr. Alan Hudson As Chair of eHealth Ontario

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario has appointed Dr. Alan Hudson as the Chair of eHealth Ontario, a
restructured agency responsible for all aspects of eHealth in Ontario
including creating an electronic health record for all Ontarians.
    eHealth Ontario will bring together the Ministry of Health and Long-Term
Care's eHealth program and the province's Smart Systems for Health Agency
(SSHA) under one banner.
    Three key eHealth priorities have been identified for the next few years
including a Diabetes Registry, an eHealth Portal to centralize health
information on an easily accessible web site, and ePrescribing which will
eliminate hand written prescriptions and reduce medication errors.
    Dr. Hudson - who is leading the government's efforts to reduce wait times
in emergency rooms and for key procedures - will chair the Board of Directors
for eHealth Ontario, which will have individuals from the broader health,
business and information technology sectors.
    The ultimate goal of the eHealth strategy is to create an electronic
health record (EHR) for all Ontarians by 2015. An electronic health record
will provide patients and providers with the ability to access, share and use
health information. It will improve health care delivery, increase patient
safety, reduce ER wait times and create a more effective health care system.

    QUOTES

    "eHealth Ontario will enable us to transform Ontario's health care system
as we know it," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"With its broad mandate, eHealth Ontario will deliver a comprehensive,
patient-focused, secure and private electronic system that will improve the
way patients receive care."

    "This is an exciting time for eHealth in Ontario," said Dr. Alan Hudson,
Board Chair for eHealth Ontario. "Combining thought leaders from the Ministry
and Long-Term Care and the broader health sector means we now have the
expertise to make electronic health records a reality for the people of
Ontario."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   eHealth Ontario is mandated to work with the Office of the Chief
        Information and Privacy Officer, Ministry of Government Services, to
        ensure that the protection of personal health information;

    -   The Ontario government created SSHA in 2003 to improve patient care
        through a variety of initiatives, including network hosting and
        secure e-mail. The agency has created the foundation for many of the
        eHealth activities underway today.

    For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
    (Toll-free in Ontario only)

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    BACKGROUNDER
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         MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT NAMES MEMBERS OF eHEALTH ONTARIO BOARD
    

    The McGuinty government named Dr. Alan Hudson, Lead of Access to
Services/Wait Times with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as board
chair of eHealth Ontario - a restructured agency responsible for all aspects
of eHealth in Ontario including creating an electronic health record for all
Ontarians.
    Also named as board members are J. David Livingston, President and CEO of
Infrastructure Ontario; Matthew Anderson, CEO of the Toronto Central Local
Health Integration Network; Heather Sherrard, vice-president of clinical
services at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute; and Ken Deane, Assistant
Deputy Minister, Health System Accountability and Performance Division,
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

    Dr. Alan Hudson, Board Chair

    Dr. Alan Hudson is lead Access to Services/Wait Times for the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care. As president and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario Dr.
Hudson led the integration of 11 cancer centres with their host hospitals.
    Dr. Hudson is a former president and CEO of Toronto's University Health
Network. During that time, he led the integration of Princess Margaret
Hospital with the Toronto Hospital, creating the University Health Network.
    Dr. Hudson also served as McCutcheon chair and surgeon-in-chief at
Toronto Hospital from 1989-1991. From 1970 to 1989, he was a leading
neurosurgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto where he co-founded a
laboratory which garnered an international reputation for innovation in
neurosurgery research.

    J. David Livingston, Board Member

    As President and Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Ontario, J.
David Livingston oversees the crown corporation responsible for executing
large-scale public infrastructure projects for the Ontario government.
Livingston has 30 years of financial industry experience, where he ultimately
rose to executive vice-president of corporate development at TD Bank Financial
Group. At Infrastructure Ontario he has created a team of private and public
experts that use innovative tools to deliver complex projects on time and on
budget.
    Livingston obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario in
1973 and his MBA from Queen's University in 1976. He is a director of Ovarian
Cancer Canada and The Children's Aid Society of Toronto.

    Matthew Anderson, Board Member

    Matthew Anderson was appointed CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health
Integration Network in the spring of 2008. Prior to his appointment, he led
the development of Toronto Central LHIN's eHealth Strategy.
    Anderson was formerly vice-president and chief information officer of the
University Health Network. He has been recognized nationally as an exceptional
Canadian leader who has made an outstanding difference in the advancement of
eHealth.
    He also previously served as chief information officer of the North York
Community Care Access Centre, St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto
Community Care Access Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University
Health Network and West Park Healthcare Centre.

    Heather Sherrard, Board Member

    Heather Sherrard is vice-president of clinical services at the University
of Ottawa Heart Institute where she is responsible for all aspects of care by
clinical staff and operating budgets of $40 million.
    Sherrard has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in
the acute care hospital sector, most of which have been in the area of
cardiovascular care. She has been involved with the University of Ottawa Heart
Institute since 1998 first as a nursing coordinator, and then the director of
nursing.
    Sherrard holds two joint appointments with the University of Ottawa and
is actively involved in the education of Masters students in Nursing and
Health Administration. She is a member of the editorial board of the Canadian
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. She has worked on a number of provincial
committees associated with the care of cardiac patients. She also provides
consulting services to other provinces in the area of cardiac health services.

    Ken Deane, Board Member

    Ken Deane is Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health System
Accountability and Performance Division at the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care. Prior to this, he was chief operating officer of the London
Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care in London, Ontario.
    Deane has also served as president and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Centre
in Toronto, president and CEO of Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor,
vice-president of finance and chief financial officer of Hamilton Health
Sciences Centre, and executive vice-president and chief financial officer of
Grand River Hospital in Kitchener.
    He has served on various boards, most recently on the board of directors
of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board where he was the chair of the
human resources and compensation committee.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Alan Findlay, Minister's Office, (416)
327-4320; Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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