Community Learning Space

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

present ...

Engaging Physicians in
Ontario's E-Health Strategy


Brian Forster, P. Eng.
Chief Operating Officer

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

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 primary care physician needs to play an integral role in any eHealth strategy. This seminar reviews Ontario s eHealth Vision, the physicians role within it and the benefits physicians can expect from adopting this vision. OntarioMD has the mandate to support physicians and patients to move to this eHealth vision by engaging physicians to adopt clinical management systems within their respective practices and connecting them to the larger eHealth environment. This seminar will also examine challenges in moving physicians from a paper-based medical record to an electronic record, and show how these challenges are being addressed in order to promote adoption among primary care physicians.

About the Speaker
Brian Forster is the Chief Operating Officer of OntarioMD. OntarioMD, a subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), provides information and tools that enable Ontario physicians to increase their efficiency, reduce costs and provide improved patient care. OntarioMD delivers professional services and funding, allowing physicians to acquire technology for their practices, and offers valuable clinical content and tools through the physician portal.

During his career, Mr. Forster has also worked in the financial services sector in strategic business planning, organizational and cost analysis, and information technology planning. He has been responsible for strategic information technology planning at a major Canadian bank, and has managed systems development and support at two major Canadian financial institutions as well as Georgian College.

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.