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Ottawa Digital Health Networking Event

On May 18, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, HIMSS Ontario is hosting a special networking eventing in Ottawa.  My good friend and digital health commentator, William (Bill) Pascal, will open the evening with a presentation on the state of digital health maturity in Canada. After the presentation you will have the opportunity to explore craft beer, wine and food pairings.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

Bill is the former Chief Strategic Advisor, Canadian Medical Association and now Principle, Richard Warren & Associates.  He teamed with Roger Girard, former CIO, Manitoba eHealth (and one of my digital health mentors), to prepare the in-depth assessment of digital health maturity in Canada on which his presentation is based.  Roger will be delivering the same presentation at similar networking event hosted by HIMSS Ontario in Toronto on the same evening.

HIMSS members: Free.

Non-members: $45 (includes HIMSS ON membership).

Location: Mill St. Brew Pub, 555 Wellington St. Ottawa (site of the former Mill restaurant).

Registration & cocktails 5:15-5:45

Speaker 5:45-6:45

Beer/wine/food pairings 6:45-7:30

Sponsored by HEALTHTECH



More Negative eHealth News?

An article in today’s Winnipeg Free Press claims that “soaring costs, scarce resources and recurring system failures are stunting the progress of Manitoba’s electronic health systems”.  The article states that documents obtained through freedom of information requests “show the project could cost an extra $350 million and take up to 20 years to complete”.

Roger Girard, the CIO of Manitoba eHealth, is quoted extensively in the article.  Mr. Girard is one of Canada’s eHealth pioneers and has extensive experience implementing eHealth systems.   In the article he states that “No one is happy with the timelines, but I for one don’t believe at this particular time we could could any faster.”

Mr. Girard took on a huge challenge when he stepped up to the CIO role.  Manitoba had under invested in healthcare IT for many years and was lagging many other provinces in the use of IT in healthcare services delivery.   Changing this situation is a significant undertaking whose magnitude should not be underestimated.