ITAC Online - The Health Informatics Issue - November 2010

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CrITical care

For nearly 50 years, Canada's healthcare system has made up a key part of our national identity both on the world stage and within our own borders. Access to an effective and efficient public healthcare system has become a basic Canadian civil right.

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Swifter, higher, stronger

Mike Clarke, General Manager, GE Healthcare IT Canada

One might think equating the Olympic motto to a corporate initiative is a bit of a stretch. But if you saw the services GE Healthcare provided for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, you might think again. In fact, the company's work was innovative enough to earn them the 2010 Health Informatics "Project Implementation Team of the Year" award.

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Transformers… of healthcare

Michael Green, Agfa HealthCare, North America

The Waterloo region is an ICT hot-bed in all categories – healthcare included. And one of Canada's brightest lights in healthcare ICT, Agfa HealthCare, proves it. Agfa was the winner of two Canadian Health Informatics Awards this year: the "Corporate Citizenship for a Multi-National Company" Award, as well as the "Healthcare Transformation" Award. Michael Green is the Lead for Agfa HealthCare in North America, and is also Chair of the ITAC Health Board of Directors. He said it was an honour to be celebrated at this year's gala.

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The gold standard

Eric Gombrich, CEO of EMIS Inc.

For Eric Gombrich, CEO of EMIS Inc. – the wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary of the UK's largest electronic medical records (EMR) company – a more efficient healthcare system in Canada requires not only a digitized system, but one that is standards-based. And it's a message he drives hard.

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Board Member Profile: Meet Susanne Flett

Susanne Flett, President, Healthtech Consultants

When Susanne Flett graduated from the MBA program at the University of Western Ontario, she vowed that her first job out of school would be a managerial position. And that she found as Manager of Diagnostic Imaging at St. Michael's hospital in Toronto. There, she planned and implemented one of the first clinical computer systems in the city, and jokes that in the process, she learned everything that could possibly go wrong firsthand.

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