Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project and Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP)
University of Waterloo

present ...

The Health System as a 
Distributed Information Organization 


John Oliver
President and CEO 
Halton Healthcare Services Corporation

Wednesday, September 26, 2001
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

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This presentation considers the health system as an information enterprise, and examines the kinds of information needed and used, the importance and value of information to providers and management, and the dependencies of the health system on information. It reviews the current situation regarding health organizations’ investment in IT for information capture and management, taking into account the findings of the Information Technology Committee, of which Mr. Oliver is the past-chair. It addresses key issues, such as the real availability and accessibility of the information needed to monitor, manage, and evaluate both patient care and the operation of the health enterprise. Finally, it identifies current deficiencies and gaps in terms of the needs of the health system versus today’s information management systems and information technology infrastructure.

John Oliver

John Oliver is the President & CEO, Halton Healthcare Services Corporation in Oakville/Milton, Ontario. He was previously Assistant Deputy Minister, for Restructuring Projects, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, the President & CEO of Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the CEO of Georgetown and District Memorial Hospital, the Assistant Executive Director, Professional Services at Hotel Dieu Hospital, and the Vice-President, Finance & Administration, Plummer Memorial Public Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, and a Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto. He is a Certified Health Executive of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and a Chartered Accountant with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. John is Chair of the JPPC (Ministry of Health and Ontario Hospital Association Joint Policy and Planning Committee) Funding Committee. He is also a member of the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care Hospital Advisory Group, the Halton/Peel District Health Council, the Halton-Peel Healthcare Leaders Forum, and the GTA/905 Healthcare Alliance. He is the Past-Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association Information Technology Committee.

For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts

This seminar is hosted by the Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.