McVeigh leads Infohealth's IT consulting in Canada
Doug McVeigh, formerly president and CEO of Medbuy
Corp., has returned to the Canadian healthcare sector as vice president,
Canadian operations, for Infohealth Management Corp. of Chicago, a
healthcare IT consulting and outsourcing company.
McVeigh retired last year as chief of London, Ont.-based Medbuy, where
he spurred the growth of the national group purchasing organization and
led the creation of its e-procurement initiative. It was a short
retirement, however, as Infohealth approached him with an offer to lead
its Canadian expansion, and McVeigh accepted the challenge.
For its part, Infohealth has clients across the United States, and is
now winning customers in Canada with solutions that accentuate process
improvement and cost reductions for clinical, business and IT operations
in hospitals. It currently counts among its Canadian customers the
Hamilton Health Sciences Corp., where the IT management functions are
outsourced to Infohealth.
According to the company, Infohealth has helped Hamilton Health Sciences
save $1 million a year in equipment lease costs; decrease maintenance
costs by 50 percent yearly; save a projected $2 million annually by
standardizing clinical systems; and has reduced salary costs by $90,000
McVeigh noted that Infohealth has now struck an alliance with Longview
Solutions, of Markham, Ont., developer of the Khalix performance
management software system that has been adopted by many large North
American corporations, including Cisco.
Infohealth is a Khalix
implementer and consultant for the
healthcare sector in North America. According to McVeigh, the software
would help Canadian hospitals streamline the collection and analysis of
financial and clinical data. "The software connects very easily to
systems that are commonly used in hospitals, including Meditech and
PeopleSoft," he said.
McVeigh observed that many Canadian hospitals have set up decision
support teams to interpret data collected by various departments for the
purposes of forecasting and budgeting. The Longview software assists
these teams, he said, and can be used to implement process improvement
for both the clinical and administrative sides of the enterprise.
Khalix is also geared to top management - including CEOs, presidents,
and chief financial officers - for use as a modeling tool and a system
for financial and strategic planning.