Electronic health records
Award granted to establish e-health
TORONTO - The
Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Health Services
and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) and Canada Health Infoway have
announced Dr. Francis Lau (pictured), University of Victoria, as
recipient of the Applied Health Services and Policy Chair award in
The Chair award in e-Health is jointly funded by Infoway and CIHR-IHSPR,
and represents an exciting new partnership between the organizations.
Over the next five years, the $925,000 award will enable Dr. Lau to
focus his research, training and knowledge translation initiatives on
the development of an e-Health observatory to monitor the effects of
health information system deployment in Canada.
“Infoway is pleased to support the work of Dr. Lau through the first
Applied Chair award in e-Health. His research will help build greater
understanding of the benefits of electronic health record solution
implementation as Canada moves forward with its vision of an electronic
health record for all residents,” said Richard Alvarez, President and
CEO, Canada Health Infoway.
The CHIR-IHSPR Applied Chairs in Health Services and Policy Research
program aims to bridge the existing gap between researchers, decision
makers and other knowledge users and to encourage mutual learning
through the process of planning, disseminating and facilitating the use
of new knowledge in decision-making.
The Applied Chair in e-Health aligns with CIHR-IHSPR’s strategic
research priority of Health Information as well as with Infoway’s vision
of a high-quality, sustainable and effective Canadian healthcare system
supported by electronic health record technology.
“This Chair reflects the important contribution that e-Health research
can make in supporting reform efforts of Canada’s healthcare system, by
giving us a better understanding of the effects of health information
systems on the quality, safety, accessibility and productivity of care.
“Understanding these effects is critical to reform efforts and
encouraging clinicians to adopt e-Health solutions,” said Dr. Colleen
Flood, Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and
Applications for the program were very competitive. Dr. Lau was the sole
recipient of the Applied Chair in e-Health.
“We are confidant that Dr. Lau will make valuable contributions to this
area of research and look forward to the impact of his work on improving
our understanding of the potential impact of health information systems
in Canada,” said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes
of Health Research. To learn more about the Applied Chair program visit
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the Federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every
province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of
electronic health record projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient
confidentiality, these secure systems will provide clinicians and
patients with the information they need to better support safe care
decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information
quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care
system for all Canadians.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada’s agency for health research. CIHR’s mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
healthcare system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership
and support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across