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SAS Canada establishes healthcare advisory council

TORONTO – Furthering its commitment to the healthcare industry, SAS, a leader in business intelligence and predictive intelligence software, announced the formation of the SAS Canada Healthcare Advisory Council.

The new council includes prominent industry experts and innovators who are focused on improving the delivery of healthcare services throughout Ontario.

“Healthcare services in Ontario are undergoing massive changes right now, and we are pleased to be at the forefront of some key initiatives which will lead to more collaboration and dialogue on how best to improve the overall quality of patient care in this province,” said Michael Turney, Manager, Strategy and Market Development at SAS Canada.

“The issues we are tackling with this council encompass not only using best of breed technology practices,” said Turney, “but also take into account the whole healthcare process from handling and analyzing patient records to disease prevention and management.”

At the Council’s inaugural meeting, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown (pictured at left), assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and Information Management Lead for the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care’s Health Results Team, was nominated and elected as the council chair for 2006.

Dr. Brown highlighted potential areas of focus for the group, including such issues as sourcing, securing and managing data for primary care systems, and closing-the-loop with diagnostic outcomes, as well as the relevance of a Balanced Scorecard approach to performance management for Canadian Hospitals and the recently created Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).

Council members include:

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Information Management Lead, Health Results Team – Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care

Mary Kardosburton, Assistant Deputy Minister
Acute Services Division – Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care

Paula McColgan, VP, Policy & External Relations
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)

Roman Olarnyk, CIO
Smart Systems for Health Agency

Tony Woolgar, CEO
Local Health Integration Network, South West

Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO
Local Health Integration Network, Central West

Murray Wigmore, General Manager, Clinical Systems
GE Healthcare Canada

Cara Flemming, Director Risk Management & Management Decision Support
University Health Network

Merideth Morrison, Director Quality Management
Ontario Air Ambulance

Lewis Hooper, Regional CIO
Scarborough and Durham Hospitals & CCACs

Brian Edmonds, Vice President Finance
Trillium Health Centre

Jane Merkley, Director, Nursing Practice & Education
St. Michael’s Hospital

Jamie Sharp, VP Research
IDC Canada Limited

Scott Murray, CTO
Canadian Institute for Health Information

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