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Preparing for eHealth Transformation Projects and the New Infrastructure Ontario Approach

October 21, 2009

Presentations from this event:

Renato Descenza (Infrastructure Ontario)
Paul MacMillan (Deloitte)

ITAChealth is pleased to present:

Title: Preparing for eHealth Transformation Projects and the New Infrastructure Ontario Approach: Lessons Learned and Models for Success

Location: Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Road, Brule "A", Toronto

Date: October 21, 2009

Time: 8:30am to 11:30am

The health care system in Ontario is undergoing a transformation which includes the procurement and implementation of large information technology infrastructure projects. The province has outlined a $2.3 billion agenda to address immediate clinical priorities and to build infrastructure which will provide the foundation for a province-wide electronic health record system. Infrastructure Ontario will be handling the procurement for these large projects. Infrastructure Ontario normally uses a Design Build Finance & Maintain (DBFM) procurement approach for its projects - an approach familiar to bidders in other forms of infrastructure projects but new and challenging to most ITAC members.

In addition to centrally procured projects, hospitals and Local Health Integration Networks are proceeding aggressively to build out information technology infrastructure at the local and regional levels. Many of these projects are funded by project specific funds from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Canada Health Infoway.

This event will review:

  • Lessons learned from various technology acquisition projects in the health care sector, including Digital Imaging Repository (DIR) projects, logistics systems and IT system acquisitions.
  • Issues encountered and innovative solutions to governance, procurement and agreement challenges in projects driven by multiple institutions, government agencies and stakeholders.
  • The proper approach to DBFM projects, including creating a business case, financing, consortia stucture, risk assumption and key contractual terms.
  • The experience in tother jurisdictions with eHealth and public private partnerships.


  1. Opening Remarks
    Speaker: Bernard Courtois
  2. The Infrastructure Ontario Approach to eHealth Procurement (45 mins)
    Speakers: Renato Discenza (Infrastructure Ontario), Paul MacMillan (Deloitte)
  3. Panel Discussion on approaches to BDFM Projects (45 mins)
    Moderator: Michael Watts (Osler)
    Speakers: Tobor Emakpor (Osler), Ivan Ing (National Bank Financial Group)
  4. Lessons Learned from Information Technology Acquisitions in the Healthcare System (1 hour) (including contrasting new IO approach to what IT providers are used to)
    Moderator: Michael Fekete (Osler)
    Speakers: Simon Hodgett (Osler), Lewis Hooper (CIO CE LHIN), Michael Watts (Osler)
  5. Closing Remarks (15 imn)
    Speaker: Bernard Courtois

For more information contact Micheline Levesque, Manager, Programs and Events, ITAC – Tel: (613) 238-4822 x 245 or