A health-tech leader lauded for role in transforming provincial healthcare system
Mississauga, ON (September 17, 2019) – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) announced today that Susan Anderson, former Managing Director, Canada, Orion Health, will join ITAC’s health division, ITAC Health, as Senior Policy Advisor. Anderson will succeed Brendan Seaton, President, ITAC Health, who will retire at the end of the year.
“Susan brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare informatics, having served both the private and public sectors,” said Angela Mondou, president and CEO, ITAC. “Her insight around the advancement of health management, digital healthcare and innovative health solutions to enhance ITAC/ ITAC Health’s efforts in addressing the growing needs, challenges and opportunities around data, privacy and digital health technology.”
Before joining Orion Health, Susan was Assistant Deputy Minister and CIO for the Health Information Technology and Systems Division at Alberta Health. At Alberta Health, she played a pivotal role in transforming the province’s healthcare system. Today, it is one of the most digitally-connected systems in North America. She was also at the forefront of Alberta’s Electronic Health Record Implementation and helped to steer the expansion of the Electronic Health Record (HER). Susan has worked with private healthcare companies to reduce operating costs, has aided in Canada Health Infoway initiatives, and has furthered the adoption and innovation of eHealth within clinical practices across the country.
In addition to her role with Orion Health, Susan has received professional recognition in her leadership roles with Digital Health Canada.
“As I join ITAC Health’s team this Fall, I have the advantage of hindsight and fifty years experience of applying automated technologies to address business and process and people challenges both here at home in North America, and abroad,” added Anderson. “The most significant lessons learned over the years include: leadership is key catalyst for necessary change in this dynamic world; and each individual has a contribution to make when availed of access and opportunity.”
About Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
As Canada’s national ICT business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with the advocacy, networking and professional development services that help them to thrive nationally and compete globally.
A prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity, ITAC encourages technology adoption to capitalize on productivity and performance opportunities across all sectors. A member-driven not-for-profit, ITAC has served as the authoritative national voice of the $184 billion ICT industry for over 60 years. More than 39,000 Canadian ICT firms create and supply goods and services that contribute to a more productive, competitive, and innovative society. The ICT sector generates over one million jobs directly and indirectly and invests $6.1 billion annually in R&D, more than any other private sector performer.
About ITAC Health
ITAC Health is the Health division of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, Canada’s ICT business association. The Health Division’s mandates and objectives are membership driven, providing a consolidated, single voice for the membership to help influence the Canadian healthcare ICT market. By providing access to information on the market trends and issues that need to be addressed, members develop a sense of direction of where the industry is going, and have the opportunity to influence that direction, in order to better focus their overall product and service strategies and develop the network necessary to effectively execute on those strategies.
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