Community Learning Space

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

present ...

The Physician in E-Health:
The Missing Link


Dr. Bill Haver
Family Physician and Managing Partner
Lakeside Medical Clinic

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsor:
Clinicare Corporation

Seminar Series 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 Electronic Health Record concept has reached a level of significance that is best exemplified by the willingness of various levels of government to openly promote it as a potential saviour of a crumbling healthcare system. Billions of dollars have been earmarked for this noble mission. Government agencies have been developed. Arm s length, government funded corporations have been created. Provincial initiatives abound. Countless regional projects have erupted. Hospitals have revamped labs, pharmacies and diagnostic imaging departments. Expert consultants have materialized from vapour. Unfortunately, the adoption of the electronic record and the occurrence of truly useful electronic health information remains sporadic, consistently incomplete and, occasionally, completely inconsistent. It is only recently that some effort has been made to identify the reasons for the lack of success of this venture and this has led to the realization that there was little or no use of electronic records at the primary care interface.

This seminar will give a physician s perspective on this dilemma. We will look at some of the adoption rate figures for Canada and other parts of the world and then explore some of the possible reasons for these numbers.

About the Speaker
Dr. Haver is the Managing Partner at Lakeside Medical Clinic in Saskatoon. He is the former Chief of Staff at Saskatoon City Hospital and sits on the Information Technology Committee of the Saskatchewan Medical Association. He is the medical editor of Health Information Management and Computing Canada and has taught on the subject of electronic medical records across Canada and the United States for the last twenty years. Lakeside Medical Clinic is a sixteen doctor primary care clinic that has utilized a full electronic medical record since 1985.

Disclosure: Dr. Haver sits on the Board of Directors of Clinicare Corporation.

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.