Government and policy
New chief appointed for Canada Health Infoway
MONTREAL – Canada
Health Infoway is going through a restructuring, signaled by the
appointment of a new president and CEO. Earlier this month, Richard
Alvarez was announced as the new chief of the organizations, which was
launched by the federal government with the mandate of spurring the rise
of electronic patient records across Canada.
Alvarez was formerly
the president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Earlier, he held senior positions with the Alberta government, including
assistant deputy minister, information technology division.
For its part, Infoway
has a budget of $1.1 billion, but so far has invested just $158 million
to 17 projects. The announcement of investments in new projects across
Canada is said to be imminent.
“I am confident that
Mr. Alvarez will bring a unique blend of senior leadership experience
and passion to his new role and help move Infoway to the next level,”
said Eric Maldoff, chairman of the board of Infoway. “He possesses a
deep understanding of the Canadian healthcare industry, a strong
information technology background and a clear vision of the role and
potential benefits of e-health as well as a commitment to the electronic
health records role in the delivery of, access to and quality of patient
Also in February,
Infoway announced that the Government of Quebec has become an active
member of the corporation. Juan Roberto Iglesias, deputy minister of
health and social services, will join the other federal, provincial and
territorial deputy ministers as a member of the corporation. Jocelyne
Dagenais, Quebec's assistant deputy minister for health, has been
appointed to Infoway’s Board of Directors.