Recent Updates

Re: Ministry of Health, Ontario:  Bill 188 Schedule 6 PHIPA  received Royal Assent on Wednesday March 25 2020

TECHNATION Health raised the following questions to Ministry of Health, Ontario:  Bill 188 Schedule 6 PHIPA  received Royal Assent on Wednesday March 25 2020.   Section 6 related to PHIPA Modernization  included 15 amendments and new sections.

·        Were these PHIPA changes deemed critical to the current COVID-19 pandemic?

·        Are you contemplating to make further updates to the ACT while the pandemic responses are in progress?

Answer by Ministry:

The short answer is yes, after close consideration the PHIPA changes were deemed necessary to support the COVID response.  The legislation necessitates regulations being in place in order for them to take effect, Ministry is interested in pursuing that where appropriate and needed.     As for any other changes   in principle COVID is the focus and anything that is done needs to clearly demonstrate relevance to that.

For more detail on the specific amendments and additions to the PHIPA legislation, Bill 188 and the PHIPA updates can be accessed at:

If you have further questions  on this privacy related content, please contact Susan Anderson at directly.

Join Health members, stakeholders, potential clients, etc. at these upcoming events…

e-Health 2020 Conference and Tradeshow will be postponed in light of the rapidly changing situation in regard to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More

CHIA – Postponed – Update to follow soon…

Winning a Canadian Health Informatics Award (CHIA) is proof of excellence, leadership, and innovation

CHIAs are sponsored by Digital Health Canada and TECHNATION Health and are presented at the annual CHIA Awards Gala at e-Health. The 2020 CHIA Awards Gala will take place on Monday, June 1 at the  e-Health 2020 Conference and Tradeshow in Vancouver from May 31-June 3, 2020.

View  the 2019 winners  – here 


Health has joined the ACCESS 2022 movement
ITAC Health, the health division of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)  is proud to announce that we’ve joined the ACCESS 2022 movement.

ACCESS 2022 is a social movement to create a new day for health care in Canada, one where Canadians have access to their health information and digitally-enabled tools and services to better manage their care. ITAC Health is pleased to join other organizations, industry, health care providers and Canadians to transform care.

As new technologies have emerged that have transformed the way we live and work, our health system hasn’t always kept up. We believe that, together, we can create a 21st century, patient-centric health system.

Learn more about ACCESS 2022 and join the movement.

About TECHNATION’s Health Division…The voice of Canada’s ICT industry to the healthcare sector.

Representing Canadian ICT companies that are actively involved in the health sector, TECHNATION Health promotes the role its members can play in establishing the Canadian healthcare industry as a global leader. TECHNATION Health serves its members as a collective voice to healthcare professionals, government representatives, researchers, and healthcare consumers, and as a conduit for those stake-holders to leverage the members’ ability to facilitate the Canadian healthcare system as a “model of excellence” for healthcare systems around the world. Through collaboration, TECHNATION Health and its members work with healthcare stakeholders to improve the health of Canadians and the efficiency of the Canadian healthcare system through the implementation of information and communications technologies.

TECHNATION Health membership provides a unique opportunity for ongoing industry “intelligence” for any small to medium size enterprise, major Canadian company or multi–national firm that provides products and services to the Canadian Healthcare ICT Sector.

TECHNATION Health Vision
To improve the health and wellness of Canadians, and support an effective and sustainable healthcare system through the use of innovative digital technologies. To provide value to our members through the advocacy of a Canadian digital health economy.

ITAC Health Mission
As the trusted and authoritative voice of the Health Technology Industry, ITAC Health’s mission is to promote and enhance the significant contribution that digital technology can make to Canada’s economic prosperity, and to the health and wellness of Canadians.

ITAC Health will strive to influence policy and advocate for the adoption of innovative technologies that:

  • Align with international trends to maximize economic development and export opportunities for our members,
  • Have a direct benefit to patients, providers and the health system,
  • Create an ROI, improve patient outcomes and convenience for consumers.

TECHNATION Health Governance and Committees

TECHNATION Health Official Journal

Healthcare Information & Communications Canada, HIM&CC, is the official journal of ITAC Health  – current and past articles can be found on their website at –  .

The journal publishes articles written by ITAC Health members and stakeholders from across Canada that discuss and address current trends and issues in Canada’s Health IT sector.  ITAC Health members are provided significant advertising discounts because of the ITAC health relationship with HIM&CC.  The journal also serves as the official journal of Digital Health Canada.  For more information please contact Elaine Huesing –


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Links to TECHNATION Health’s current and past projects and programs

PHIPA Modernization – TECHNATION Health Members Feedback Summary (Feb 21, 2020) – click here
TECHNATION Health members shared their combined perspective regarding the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) Modernization content with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in Ontario.   This response included the collective input from privacy subject matter experts and leaders within our member organizations across Canada.

2019 Canadian Health Informatics Awards May 27,2019
The 2019 CHIA Gala was held at the e-Health Conference at the Beanfield Center in Toronto on May 27, 2019, hosted by Digital Health Canada and ITAC Health

2019 CHIA Winners  Announced 
2019 CHIA Project Team Finalists Announced
Nominations coming soon for 2020.

ITAC Health White Paper: Accelerating the Adoption of Digital Health Technologies in Canada – October 2018

ITAC Health Webinar – Intro to Health Standards Organization – Recorded Presentation from October 13, 2017 Webinar
bringing the best evidence, best experts and best practices to the table in 1) the establishment of a standing Technology-Enabled Health Technical Committee and 2) the development of a Telehealth standards. This Technical Committee and the standards they develop will focus on the importance of technology in the delivery of health services around the world through facilitating communication, information transfer and education. HSO is seeking support from organizations like yours to help us improve health services around the world through technology.

MOHLTC HIS Renewal StrategyJuly 28, 2017

ITAC Health Interoperability and Standards Committee (ISC) Position on Canadian Healthcare Interoperability Standards – November 14, 2016

ITAC Health MPD Procurement Task Force published Value AlgorithmMay 2012

infomatics studyHI and HIM HR Outlook 2014 – 2019 –  A new report examining hiring requirements for HI and HI professionals; also identifies areas facing risk of skills shortages 2014-2019.  Study supported by ITAC Health, COACH, CHIMA, CHI, CIHI, and ICTC.

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“Health Informatics is being increasingly selected by Nursing professionals as a field of study and as a career option. This is important. This scholarship is a major step forward in signalling to all nurses, and indeed the entire healthcare system, that nurses are about to increasingly step up to leadership roles within HI.” Roger Girard, HealthOptions, Inc.


ITAC Health is pleased to be an ongoing supporter of the Dr. Kathryn J. Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship –  for more information the scholarship please see their website –


C-HOBIC/Dr. Lynn Nagle

ITAC Health Submission to Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation – Advancing Health and Prosperity