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Smarter Health Seminar - “EHealth: Refurbishing a Tarnished Brand”

March 30, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Smarter Health Seminar - “EHealth: Refurbishing a Tarnished Brand”

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 3:00-4:30PM

Register: (Webcast Available.)


The eHealth agenda in Canada has been actively pursued by all jurisdictions over the last 10 years. More recently, the Federal Auditor General and six of her colleagues have also carried out audits on the eHealth programs in their jurisdictions. All of these audits have called into question the value of investments to date as well as the transparency in the development and execution of the IT strategies. Coupled with two tsunamis - the financial challenges all Federal and provincial governments now face, and a growing aging cohort placing unrelenting pressure on our healthcare providers - there is a growing concern about the value of these types of investments. This presentation will provide an overview of where we have come from, where we are now, and how we need to re-calibrate the investments to speed up the return on value as measured by patient care, and maintain the support of the decision makers.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Pascal is the Chief Technology Officer for the Canadian Medical Association, where he has responsibility for shaping the strategic direction and policy for the CMAs eHealth agenda. He has worked in the economic policy and social policy sectors at the Federal government level as well as run operations in regional and headquarter environments. He has been responsible for communications policy while at the Privy Council Office and in Health Canada. He has developed health policies and managed the Central Region operations for Health Canada which included Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Most recently he was Director General of the Office of Health and Information Highway which had responsibility for co-ordinating, facilitating, and managing health infostructure-related activities both within Health Canada, with other Federal government departments, with all the provinces and territories, and with other stakeholders. His work led to an agreement on Information Technology investments in the health care sector in Canada with all provinces and territories and the creation of Canada Health Infoway. He is an electrical engineer, certified management accountant, and urban planner by academic training.