Community Learning Space

Smarter Health Seminar Series:
eHealth Strategies: Local to Global

The infraNET Project and the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research are hosting a series of Smarter Health Seminars entitled "eHealth Strategies: Local to Global.

This series examines the Canadian and Ontario's e-health strategy in detail. Massive federal and provincial investments are being made in systems with the goals of realizing a pervasive Electronic Health Record (EHR) and better managing healthcare. Experts from agencies and projects involved in implementing these strategies and systems will articulate what they are about, and will give the audience an opportunity to both understand and to critically evaluate progress in realizing the promise of information and communications technologies in the health system.

The presentations will be 50 minutes in duration, followed by a 30-40 minute facilitated discussion.

The seminars are hosted by David Johnston, President of the University of Waterloo. Dominic Covvey, Director of WIHIR is the moderator for the seminars.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals from the health and IT industries, educators, and interested citizens


Davis Centre, Room 1302, University of Waterloo
and on the Web

Date and Time:

4th Wednesday, Sept. - Nov. and Jan. - June
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


No charge to attend, but pre-registering to reserve a seat is recommended.

Seminars and Speakers

September 28, 2005 - Standing on a Burning Platform: Implementing a Province Wide Wait-time Information System
Sarah Kramer, VP & CIO, Cancer Care Ontario and
Lead, Ontario Wait Time Information Strategy

October 26, 2005 - Getting to Filmless: A Shared Digital Imaging Initiative
Diane Beattie, VP, Integrated Health Information & CIO,
London Health Sciences Centre/St. Joseph's Health Centre London

November 23, 2005 - Accelerating the Development and Implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Richard Alvarez, President & CEO, Canada Health Infoway

January 25, 2006 - Drowning in Data: What's a Healthcare Provider to Do?
Ian McKillop, JW Graham Chair in Health Information Systems and
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo

February 22, 2006 - In Pursuit of the EHR Holy Grail: A Critical Situational Review?
Dominic Covvey, Professor & NSERC/Agfa Research Chair in Health Informatics, Faculty of Science and
Founding Director, Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research, University of Waterloo

March 22, 2006 - The Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) System Project
A strategic change initiative for eHealth in Ontario

Ernie Wallace, Executive Lead, Strategic Initiatives, Smart Systems for Health Agency

April 26, 2006 - New Strategies for Health Care in the Home
Judith Shamian, President and CEO, VON Canada

May 24, 2006 - Ontario's Public Health E-Health Strategy - Supporting Public Health Renewal
George Pasut, Executive Lead, Public Health System Transformation
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

June 21, 2006 - The Physician in eHealth: The Missing Link
Dr. Bill Haver, Family Physician and Managing Partner, Lakeside Medical Clinic, Saskatoon

September 27, 2006 - Engaging Physicians in Ontario's eHealth Strategy
Brian Forster, Chief Operating Officer, OntarioMD

October 25, 2006 - eHealth Strategies in Support of Psychiatry
Peter Catford, Vice-President, Information Management, Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

November 22, 2006 - Advanced Hospital Systems in the Context of eHealth Strategies
Matt Anderson, CIO SIMS Partnership; Health Lead, Toronto Central LHIN; VP University Health Network