Community Learning Space

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

present ...

The Crucial Role of HIM Professionals
on the eHealth Team


Gail Crook

CEO and Registrar
Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)


Wednesday, March 25, 2009
3:00 - 4:30 PM EST
Davis Centre, Room 1302, University of Waterloo

Seminar Series Sponsors
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions - Smart Systems for Health Agency
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada

Seminar Series Supporter
ITAC Health

This seminar is free but you must register to attend.

Presentation Archive 2009


The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) unites and provides leadership to thousands of Health Information Management (HIM) professionals in Canada. For the success of our national ehealth efforts, it is essential to understand the capabilities of HIM professionals and their roles as we e-enable our health system. There are many challenges faced in the ehealth domain where HIM professionals expertise is crucial. We will discuss the current and future HIM professional, classic HIM roles and new and expanded roles, the impact of electronic records, data standards and privacy legislation, the competencies needed by today s and tomorrow s HIM professionals, and the HIM transformation pathway undertaken by CHIMA. We will also address the greatest challenges faced by the HIM profession, HIM professionals, and CHIMA, as well as CHIMA s strategy in dealing with these challenges. We have entered the age of e and CHIMA sees this as an exciting and invigorating opportunity for growth and change. We are joining forces wherever possible with other organizations including the new National Institutes of Health Informatics (NIHI), COACH, and Infoway. Along the way CHIMA has learned some hard lessons that we will share with you and that may be of significant value to the HI community.

About the Speaker

Gail Crook became the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar for the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) in March 2001. Previously, she had over 25 years of experience in the acute care sector as Director of Health Records and Utilization Management. In 1996, she became Program Manager for Medicine, Family Medicine and Palliative Care, as well as managing two academic Family Medical Centres in London, Ontario, Canada. In 1996, she took on a new position of city-wide Manager for Integrated Strategic Alliances and Networks for the London Ontario Hospitals. Gail has an extensive background in case mix group methodology, case costing initiatives, privacy and security of patient records, the collection, dissemination and quality of health information, and work experiences regarding the transition to the Electronic Health Record. She has published and presented both nationally and internationally on these subjects. She is a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Information Management, and is certified with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.

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.