Community Learning Space

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

present ...

Accelerating the Development
and Implementation of
Electronic Health Records (EHR)


Richard Alvarez
President & CEO
Canada Health Infoway

Wednesday, November 23, 2005
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsors:
McKesson Information Solutions, Smart Systems for Health Agency,
VON Canada and HIMCC Inc.

This seminar is of interest to Health and IT Executives, IS/IT Staff, Faculty and Students.
There is no charge for this event. However, please register to attend or view the live web cast.

Presentation Archive 2005-2006

Seminar Abstract
Health information technology is a cornerstone of healthcare renewal in Canada. The Electronic Health Record (EHR) brings tangible benefits to patients and health care providers which will help improve the safety, productivity, accessibility and quality of our health care system. Accelerating the development of the interoperable EHR across Canada requires not only significant investment, but also collaboration with government, health authorities, health care professionals, technology providers and patients. This presentation will focus on the significant progress being made across the country and the challenges that lie ahead, as Infoway moves towards a goal of having 50% of the population benefit from EHRs by the end of 2009.

About the Speaker
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard C. Alvarez is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for Canada Health Infoway's activities. Formerly, the President and CEO of CIHI, he led the evolution of CIHI from an organization focused on warehousing data, to one that disseminates relevant policy material, and has links with the research community.

Mr. Alvarez is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the publication Hospital Quarterly, and also a member of the Editorial Committee for the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. His is also the past Chair of the National Health Information Council. He is a frequent speaker and facilitator at national and international conferences on health care, discussing the challenges facing the health system in Canada and the role of information and information technology within a reformed health system. He was a recipient of one of the Who's Who in Healthcare Awards, sponsored by the national magazine, Canadian Healthcare Manager.

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 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.