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Infoway becomes co-sponsor of e-Health 2011

TORONTO – Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) announced that it will join two longstanding hosts - the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association (COACH) - to deliver the 11th annual e-Health conference. The conference typically attracts more than 1,600 healthcare and health informatics leaders from across the country.

“Infoway is proud to co-host e-Health 2011 and even prouder to see how the conference has grown in size and calibre in the past 11 years,” said Richard Alvarez (pictured), President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. “I am particularly pleased with the interoperability showcase, which will offer some invaluable knowledge at a time when varying systems continue to work in concert to place patient information in the hands of clinicians when they need it most.”

“We’re so pleased to welcome Infoway as our new partner in expanding the multi-jurisdictional reach of our audience and further strengthening our program content,” said Lydia Lee, president and board chair of COACH. “Each year, we strive to deliver a high quality, engaging program that provides real value to the Canadian healthcare community. By teaming up with CIHI, and now Infoway, we will put our collective expertise to work to have a greater national and international impact.”

The theme of e-Health 2011 is “Enabling Healthy Outcomes.” Plenary and workshop sessions will focus on how health professionals can harness informatics to improve the health of patients and enhance the healthcare system. The conference will also offer participants a chance to put the information they learn into practice through a unique interoperability showcase.

“We’re proud of the practical take-home knowledge participants are exposed to through this conference,” said John Wright, CIHI president and CEO. “And we’re pleased to be involved to help guide the ongoing development of key e-health initiatives. This is a great opportunity for CIHI to work with a diverse audience to help advance the collection, reporting, and use of health information, and to share our expertise on our national health information system.”

An additional feature of e-Health 2011 is the integration of the Infoway Standards Collaborative Partnership event with the conference. A special Partnership track on “Interoperability” will be featured on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference, with the Standards Collaborative Working Group and related meetings set to go immediately following e-Health 2011. Linking these two leading events together for the entire healthcare community is evidence of the synergy already being demonstrated by CIHI, COACH and Infoway.

e-Health 2011: Enabling Healthy Outcomes will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 29 to June 1. For more information on registration or the Interoperability showcase, contact Luciana Evangelista at e-Health Conference Secretariat, c/o Advance Group,

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.

Established in 1994, CIHI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that provides essential information on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians. Funded by federal, provincial and territorial governments, CIHI is guided by a Board of Directors made up of health leaders across the country.

COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association represents a diverse community of accomplished, influential professionals who work passionately to make a difference in advancing healthcare through information technology. Health informatics (HI) is the intersection of clinical, IM/IT and management practices. Members are dedicated to realizing their full potential as professionals and advancing HI through access to information, talent, credentials, recognition, programs and a broad range of services and specialized resources.

Posted February 24, 2011