Community Learning Space

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

present ...

Ontario's Public Health E-Health Strategy -
Supporting Public Health Renewal


Dr. George Pasut
Executive Lead, Public Health System Transformation
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

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

Presentation Archive 2005-2006

The public health system is often described as an invisible component of the health care system, working in the background to protect and promote health, and prevent disease and injury at a local community and systemic level. Over the last decade, the importance of a robust public health system has been highlighted by Canada s experience with infectious disease outbreaks, such as the Walkerton Ontario E. coli and North Battleford Saskatchewan cryptosporidium outbreaks, West Nile virus and the SARS outbreak. Although our recent public health experiences have been largely shaped by infectious disease issues, our modern epidemics of obesity and tobacco-related diseases also underscore the importance of integrated health promotion programs to ensure optimal growth and development, and improved health at all ages. The public health system, along with much of the health care system, has lagged other sectors in the development and implementation of e-health solutions.

The presentation will offer an opportunity to learn about current developments, and exchange ideas on possible future directions. The public health e-Health strategy has evolved along with the changes to the public health system. This presentation will highlight several key priorities such as a recently introduced province-wide information system for effective disease control and inter-jurisdictional information sharing for outbreak response and an Important Health Notice emergency alerting system.

About the Speaker
George Pasut is the Executive Lead, Public Health System Transformation within the Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. His office is responsible for supporting the renewal of public health system including the renewal of public health legislation and program standards, and response to the Capacity Review Committee recommendations that together frame a strategic direction for public health programs and services in Ontario. Previously, Dr. Pasut was the Medical Officer of Health and CEO for Simcoe County, and following amalgamation, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Prior to this, Dr. Pasut worked at the Ministry of Health as a Senior Medical Consultant and Physician Manager in the Public Health Branch, and as Acting Director of the Health Promotion Branch.

Dr. Pasut graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and did post-graduate work in the Division of Community Health. He holds a fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and is Board certified and a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is a lecturer at the University of Toronto. Dr. Pasut has served on many provincial and federal-provincial-territorial projects and committees. He is the chair of the Examination Board and the Examination Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for the specialty of Community Medicine. He is past chair of the Public Health Section of the Ontario Medical Association and is co-chair of the Public Health e-Health Council.

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.