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Press Release

September 9, 2003
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research,
UW infraNET Project launch Smarter Health Seminar Series:
Leadership in Health Informatics

WATERLOO, Ont. -- Joining forces with the University of Waterloo's infraNET Project, the recently established Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research is co-hosting a new series of Smarter Health Seminars titled "Leadership in Health Informatics."

The innovative series will feature speakers who are leading experts in health informatics and its use in healthcare and the health system.

Health informatics employs technology to increase the amount of health information available to the public, allowing patients to become better educated and more involved in their own health care.

The use of computers and telecommunications, for example, enables patients to obtain information, check their health care needs and make informed decisions.

As well, government and health care organizations rely on a variety of technologies to disseminate health information on preventive care, illness and injury management, treatment options and post-treatment care, among many other areas.

The UW seminar series will be launched on Wednesday, Sept. 24 by Dr. Alex Jadad, director of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, and Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation.

Generously sponsoring the first three scheduled seminars are Agfa Healthcare Informatics, Orion Systems International and Sierra Systems Group Inc.

Jadad is the recipient of Canada's "Top 40 under 40" award and was named by Time Magazine as one of the new Canadians who will shape Canada in the 21st century.

He will speak on "Health and Wellness in the Internet Age: We Must Meet Our Children's Expectations." The seminars are held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Davis Centre, Room 1302, on the UW campus.

On Oct. 22, Dr. John Holmes will speak on "Mining Health-Related Data: Methods and Applications in Research, Public Health and Patient Care."  Holmes is assistant professor, medical informatics in epidemiology, and Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania.

On Nov. 26, Dr. Roger Côté, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Sherbrooke, will speak on "SNOMED: A Canadian Revolution." Côté led the huge task of developing SNOMED (the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine). He was named Pathologist of the Year in 1997.

Attendance at the seminars is free and registration is required. Register via web site at: or call (519) 888-4004.


Shirley Fenton, (519) 888-4074,
Managing Director, Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research,             
Manager, The infraNET Project
From John Morris, (519) 888-4435;

UW Release no. 154 -- September 9, 2003


Jim Fox
Manager, Media Relations
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4444