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eHealth Ontario builds executive team

TORONTO – eHealth Ontario, the provincial agency overseeing the implementation of electronic health records across Ontario, has now appointed an executive team. Two of the most senior members have been brought in from Alberta’s health regions, which were consolidated into one over-arching super-board last year.

The eHealth Ontario executives are reporting to president and CEO Sarah Kramer, who was named to the top post last fall. Most recently she served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cancer Care Ontario. In addition, Ms. Kramer led the development and implementation of the information infrastructure to support Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy, including the establishment of the province-wide e-health application – the Wait Times Information System (WTIS) – and the Provincial Client Registry. WTIS is now being used by 2,500 physicians and has contributed to improving access to care for one million patients per year.

New Senior Level Executives
Allaudin Merali, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services
Mr. Merali is responsible for all corporate services at eHealth Ontario, including: Corporate Communications, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, and Privacy and Security. As the former Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and the Chief Financial Officer for Capital Heath, in Alberta, he brings invaluable expertise flowing from his success in establishing netCARE, Canada’s first major regional electronic health record. Mr. Merali is nationally recognized and an accomplished professional in Canadian healthcare.

Donna Kline, Acting Senior Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Ms. Kline is responsible for all corporate communications and stakeholder relations. She has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry helping public and private organizations communicate effectively with government, stakeholders and staff. Ms. Kline has led large scale projects focusing on branding, communication audits, promotional campaigns and crisis management.

Donna Strating, Senior Vice President Program Development and Delivery
Ms. Strating (pictured above) assumes responsibility for directing the detailed definition, delivery, integration, implementation and adoption of clinically impactful eHealth programs. She is also Acting Senior Vice President of Operations, a position currently under recruitment. Donna is also from Alberta Health Services – Capital Health and recognized nationally. She was Capital Health’s former Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer.

Chris Dingman, Change Management Lead
Ms. Dingman brings her expertise in leading organizational transformation and change management to eHealth Ontario to coordinate the transition implementation approach and plan. She is the former Project Director for Ontario’s Wait Times Information System and an Executive in Financial Services and the Ontario Public Service.

Rob Basque, Vice President, IT Operations
Mr. Basque is responsible for raising eHealth Ontario’s internal capacity to the level of a leading IT service provider. He has over 20 years experience in senior operations roles with leading service provider organizations, most recently as Senior Manager, Data Centre Services at Capgemini. Prior to this, he worked at Ontario Power Generation.

Mike Rigo, Vice President, Solution Delivery and Management
Mr. Rigo is responsible for developing, designing and delivering solutions to meet client needs and ensuring eHealth Ontario’s environment supports current and future interoperability needs. He has 25 years of IT experience, most recently at Canada Health Infoway in the capacity of National Industry Executive. In May 2008, he was elected to serve for a two year term on the 2008-09 Board of Directors for COACH.

Lorelle Taylor, Vice President, Enterprise Project Management Office
Ms. Taylor is responsible for consolidating existing project management functions and improving eHealth Ontario’s project management capacity. She has held various senior positions in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she was CIO for the Human Services Cluster with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Children’s and Youth Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Robin Tonna, Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Tonna is responsible for enhancing eHealth Ontario’s capability to attract, retain and develop top talent. She has over 20 years of experience leading HR functions in service, insurance and technology organizations. She has a successful track record of building strong Human Resource teams and in organization transformation.