July 26, 2002
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
UW offers online presentations on value of
Information Technology in health system
WATERLOO, Ont. -- On-line video recordings of the innovative "Smarter Health"
seminar series are now available, the infraNet Project and the
Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP) at the
University of Waterloo announced today.
The series, hosted by UW president David Johnston, addressed key issues
about the dependence of the health system on information technology, the adequacy
of the investment in these technologies, and whether the health system is
getting its money's worth.
Full video and audio of the presentations and copies of the presenters'
slides can be accessed via the infraNET web site (http://infranet.uwaterloo.ca) and
clicking on "View Our Seminars Online."
The presentations available include:
- John Oliver Building the Foundation for e-Health in Ontario
- Dr. Jan Steiner An Informationally (and Maybe Functionally)
Impaired Health System
- Dr. Craig Lehmann Delivering Diagnostic Services In A
Community Based Health Care System and the Economic Impact of
- Dominic Covvey Achieving a Clinical Dose of IT, How Much IT
- Dr. Bob Bernstein What can the IT-Enabled Health System Be
- Jeannine Parent CHIPPing Away Federal Government Investment
in Health IT
- Dr. Robbie Campbell Project Outreach Ontario-Based
- Greg Keeling Healthcare, Technology and Privacy Challenges and Opportunities
- An Expert Panel Smarter Health Pulling It Together
"We heard a consistent message during the series that
there is great promise and there are great expectations for IT in the
health system, but we must get beyond promises and expectations,"
said Dominic Covvey, who leads several UW health informatics
initiatives in the School of Computer Science.
"Our system is still information-impaired due to poor
investment and under-investment in IT. Perhaps even more important than
the technologies is the strategy and the will to deploy them at a level
that will make a real difference."
"This important series furthers the infraNET Project's
goal of examining the impact of information and communication
technologies on the community," says Shirley Fenton, manager of
the infraNET Project at UW. "The Smarter Health Seminars addressed
the issue of better health care through information technology -- a
topic which is of interest to us all."
The Smarter Health Seminars will resume on Sept. 18. The
upcoming series, "Smarter Health -- The Innovators," will
highlight innovative contributions of private industry and
collaborations between private industry and health organizations in our
health care system.
UW, an established leader in innovative approaches in
information technology, has many research projects related to Internet
applications. The infraNET Project was established to provide a focus
for these activities and to make the results broadly accessible. EPHIP
is a diploma program from UW targeted on the advanced skilling and
re-skilling of professionals in health informatics.
Shirley Fenton, manager, infraNET,
(519) 888-4074; firstname.lastname@example.org
From John Morris, UW News Bureau,
(519) 888-4435; email@example.com
UW Release no. 155 -- July 26, 2002
UW News Bureau
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1