Community Learning Space

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

present ...

CHIPPing Away:
Federal Government Investment 
in Health IT


Jeannine Parent

Senior Program Analyst
Innovation and Investment Division
Office of Health and the Information Highway
Health Canada

Wednesday, March 20, 2002
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo


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The Canadian Health Infostructure Partnerships Program (CHIPP) is investing in model implementation projects in two strategic areas: telehealth and electronic health records model projects. The Program will help improve accessibility and quality of care for all Canadians while enhancing the efficiency and long term viability of the health system. Projects funded through CHIPP advance the development of innovative solutions to health care delivery that affect all Canadians. Telehealth projects, for example, will bring the expertise of urban-based specialists to patients living in rural and remote communities, including First Nations. By using technology to shrink Canada's vast geography, telehealth can improve access to health services for all Canadians, no matter where they live.

Jeannine will provide an overview of CHIPP, including its rationale, objectives, and expected outcomes. Having explained the basis for the program, Jeannine will present a brief summary of selected key projects and provide an understanding of how each contributes to the whole picture. In particular, she will focus on Project Outreach, an Ontario-based Tele-Psychiatry project, and key issues such as privacy and security.

Jeannine Parent

Jeannine Parent is on an Executive Interchange program from the private IT sector to Health Canada. As Senior Program Analyst, Innovation and Investment Division, Office of Health and the Information Highway, Health Canada, she provides project management consultation to 9 CHIPP funded healthcare renewal initiatives across the country. She is also responsible for the coordination and liaison with the Ontario and Nunavut Regions. In addition, she leads the CHIPP Privacy Working Group and the Intellectual Property Working Group within her Division. With a law degree from the University of Ottawa, she has 20 years experience in information communications technologies. She held various management positions within the IT industry and has 10 years experience in long-term care of which the last six have been focused on tele-healthcare applications for homecare in Canada and the USA. She has extensive knowledge of North America's homecare issues, policies and administration, and the tele-homecare industry. She has been guest speaker at numerous national and international workshops and conferences. She is a member of the Canadian Telehealth Society and COACH. She is a past member of the Barreau du Quebec and the American Health Lawyers Association.

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.