Community Learning Space

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

present ...

Managing Risk in Health Information Systems


Michael Connolly, CEO &
Brendan Seaton, CP&SO

Smart Systems for Health Agency

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsors:
McKesson Information Solutions, 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.

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Healthcare is an information-intensive industry. Accurate and timely information is required to support clinical decision making and healthcare delivery. Health information is also extremely sensitive requiring extraordinary measures to protect privacy and confidentiality. Balancing the need for health information to support care delivery with the privacy rights of patients is a challenge faced by every healthcare provider and health information custodian.

The Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) was established by the Ontario Government to provide the information and communications infrastructure to support eHealth in the Province of Ontario. The Agency is tackling the delicate balance of privacy, security and access to ensure that critical healthcare is available when required and at the same time ensure that it is adequately protected from unauthorized use and disclosure.

This presentation will address the issues and opportunities associated with the vision for eHealth in Ontario, and how the Agency helping to manage the risks posed by information technology. It will describe the methods, products and services used by SSHA to enable healthcare providers to meet the high standards demanded by privacy legislation while delivering effective care through the use of information technology. This will include the Agency's secure infrastructure services, identity and access management services to support authentication and controlled access to health information, and email and portal services to enable secure communications.

Michael Connolly
As CEO for SSHA, Michael is leading the creation of a secure, integrated, province-wide information infrastructure to allow electronic communication among Ontario s health service providers. Previously, Michael was the CIO of the Ontario government Human Services I&IT Cluster providing services to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. With more than thirty years of experience as an information management specialist, his expertise in architecture and design of large-scale information systems has enabled him to successfully lead several major information technology initiatives for the Ontario government such as the Ontario Government Network Architecture Project and the Strategic Systems Plan for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

Brendan Seaton
Brendan is one of North America s leading experts on the privacy and security of health information. As Chief Privacy and Security Officer for SSHA, his role is to ensure the protection of personal health information in the SSHA infrastructure. Prior to joining SSHA, Brendan was president of PRIVA-C, a consulting and educational services company where his customers included the Ontario MOHLTC, Health Canada, Department of National Defense, CIHI, New Brunswick Department of Health and Wellness, PEI Department of Health and Community Services, and the Nova Scotia Department of Health. He has trained more than 200 Chief Privacy Officers in the health and government sectors. He is active in standards development and is Canada s expert representative to the international ISO committee dealing with health privacy and security. He has held executive level positions in the public and private sectors, including Veterans Affairs Canada and Ontario Blue Cross.

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 are: 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.