Government & policy
New chair, interim CEO for eHealth
TORONTO – Ontario
has nominated healthcare and information technology executive, Raymond Hession (pictured) as the new Chair of eHealth Ontario’s board of
directors. The nomination is subject to review by the Standing Committee
on Government Agencies.
As the Chair of eHealth Ontario, Hession would set policy and direction
for the government agency responsible for all aspects of e-health in
Ontario, including creating an electronic health record for all
Ontarians by 2015. Hession would replace Rita Burak who has served as
interim chair since June 17, 2009.
Hession has held key positions at technology firms including Kinburn
Technologies Ltd. and IBM, and has served as Chair of the Board of
Directors at Ontario Health Quality Council, Chair of the Board of
Governors of the Ottawa Hospital, and Chair of the Cooperative Housing
Agency of Canada.
Ontario is also appointing Michael Fenn as the new interim president and
chief executive officer of eHealth Ontario, taking over for Rob Devitt.
The appointment takes effect December 21, 2009 and will end February 26,
eHealth Ontario’s board of directors is currently conducting a search
for a permanent CEO.
Fenn is a former CEO of Metrolinx and CEO of the Mississauga Halton
Local Health Integration Network. Fenn also served as a Deputy Minister
in the Ontario Public Service for eight years.
• By 2012, Ontario is seeking to have 9,000 physicians, including more
than 65 percent of primary care physicians, using electronic medical
records, to the benefit of approximately 10 million Ontarians.
• Electronic health records will provide patients and providers with the
ability to access, share and use health information. This will improve
health care delivery, increase patient safety, reduce ER wait times and
create a more effective health care system, the government said.
Posted Dec. 24, 2009