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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 care.

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.