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
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
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
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
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.