Community Learning Space

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

present ...

An Informationally
(And Maybe Functionally) 
Impaired Health System 


Dr. Jan Steiner
Senior Vice President 
Park City Solutions, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Everyone is welcome. There is no charge.
Because space is limited, we recommend registering for the seminar to reserve your seat.
Seats are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

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Dr. Steiner will examine the problems the health system faces in getting the information it needs. In particular, he will review what is not working well or not being done in the health system because information is not available, in too raw form, not accurate, or not accessible in a timely fashion. He will explore the types and magnitudes of the impacts these deficiencies have on care providers, on other health professionals, on the patient, and on the health system payors. Given the reality of informational impairment, Dr. Steiner will describe how health system professionals function, the use they make of systems, and how successful their workarounds are. Finally he will address how access to adequate information resources could improve the health system and what we can gain by solving this problem.

Dr. Jan Steiner

Jan W. Steiner, MD, FCAP, FRCP(C), currently Senior Vice President of Park City Solutions, is a pathologist with a long record of consulting and management in research, planning, and operations of laboratories and academic departments of pathology. Dr. Steiner obtained his training in Prague, Liverpool, and Oxford. He has conducted research in Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Chicago and authored some 200 scientific papers. Dr. Steiner has served as the Administrative Dean, University of Toronto Medical School, and as a Senior Pathologist, Toronto General Hospital. He was a Member and Chairman of several planning and review committees of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, chaired the Cancer Special Program Advisory Committee, was Director of the Illinois Comprehensive Cancer Center, held professional appointments at each of the medical schools in Illinois and, was Lecturer of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois. In 1982, Dr. Steiner joined MDS Health Group, Inc., as its Medical Director for U.S. operations. Dr. Steiner became a Partner in Chi Systems, Inc. in 1985, and later jointly formed Chi Laboratory Systems (CLS) with Jim Root of Root Associates. CLS was recently acquired by Park City Solutions. Dr. Steiner is a member of the American Association of Pathologists, the Federation of Biological Scientists, and the International Academy of Pathology. He is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

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.