Also becomes first government-funded recipient in the world
TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today was recognized for its efforts to ensure accountability for
taxpayer dollars, becoming the first Canadian company and first
government-funded organization in the world to win the prestigious,
international Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year award, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health
With more than 700,000 members in nearly every country in the world, the
Project Management Institute is the world's largest not-for-profit membership association for the
project management profession. Each year, it selects one team as
recipient of the PMO of the Year Award.
"Our Government is committed to fostering research and innovation that
will help make health care more efficient and more effective," said
Health Minister Rona Ambrose. "Congratulations to Mr. Alvarez and the
entire team at Canada Health Infoway for receiving this award."
Founded in 2001, Infoway is a federally-funded, not-for-profit organization whose role is to help
improve health and health care by collaborating with every province and
territory to propel Canada's move from paper to digital health.
From 2007 to 2012, an estimated $8.6 billion in benefits accrued to
Canadians and the health care system as a result of investments in
electronic medical records, telehealth, drug information systems and
diagnostic imaging solutions alone.
"Infoway uses a phased and gated funding model, which allows for the release of
funding only when pre-set milestones are met," said Richard Alvarez,
President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. "Our project management
office is central to ensuring transparency and accountability remains
at the forefront of every project we invest in."
"Delivering improved health care solutions across a country as vast as
Canada, particularly under such tightly controlled regulations, is a
monumental task," said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI.
"Canada Health Infoway's role and its business model make it a unique
organization within Canada and possibly the world, and its PMO is a
clear demonstration of how organizations can - and should -
successfully implement their strategic initiatives. Organizations can,
and should, learn from Canada Health Infoway's success and mirror its
best practices to achieve their own success."
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to
accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital
health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better
quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health
services for patients and clinicians.
About Project Management Institute
PMI is the world's largest not-for-profit membership association for the
project management profession. Our professional resources and research
empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in
nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve
their organizations' success and further mature the profession.
PMI's worldwide advocacy for project management is reinforced by our
globally recognized standards and certification program, extensive
academic and market research programs, chapters and communities of
practice, and professional development opportunities.
Image with caption: "Rose Ann Radosevic (l) and Jane Holden, from Canada Health Infoway, with the Project Management Institute's Project Management Office of the Year award, awarded to Canada Health Infoway on November 11, 2013 in San Diego, California. (CNW Group/Canada Health Infoway)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131112_C6574_PHOTO_EN_33272.jpg
SOURCE: Canada Health Infoway
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