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The infraNET Project and 
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

present ...


Refurbishing a Tarnished Brand


William (Bill) Pascal

Chief Technology Officer

Canadian Medical Association



March 30, 2010

3:00 - 4:30 PM EST
Davis Centre, Room 1304, University of Waterloo

Seminar Series Sponsors
McKesson Information Solutions
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada

Seminar Series Supporter
ITAC Health

This seminar is free but you must register to attend.

Presentation Archive 2010


The eHealth agenda in Canada has been actively pursued by all jurisdictions over the last 10 years. More recently, the Federal Auditor General and 6 of her colleagues have also carried out audits on the eHealth programs in their jurisdictions. All of these audits have called into question the value of investments to date as well as the transparency in the development and execution of the IT strategies. Coupled with two tsunamis: the financial challenges all Federal and provincial governments now face and a growing aging cohort placing unrelenting pressure on our healthcare providers, there is a growing concern about the value of these types of investments. The presentation will provide an overview of where we have come from, where we are now and how we need to re-calibrate the investments to speed up the return on value as measured by patient care and maintain the support of the decision makers.

About the Speaker

Mr. Pascal is the Chief Technology Officer for the Canadian Medical Association where he has responsibility for shaping the strategic direction and policy for the CMA s eHealth agenda. He has worked in the economic policy and social policy sectors at the Federal government level as well as run operations in regional and headquarter environments. He has been responsible for communications policy while at the Privy Council Office and in Health Canada. He has developed health policies and managed the Central Region operations for Health Canada which included Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Most recently he was the Director General, Office of Health and Information Highway which had responsibility for co-ordinating, facilitating and managing health infostructure-related activities both within Health Canada, with other Federal government departments, with all the provinces and territories and other stakeholders. His work led to an agreement on Information Technology investments in the health care sector in Canada with all provinces and territories and the creation of Canada Health Infoway. He is an electrical engineer, certified management accountant and urban planner by academic training.

For more information
Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) 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 were: LivePage (now part of Oracle), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

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