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York U's Ric Irving to become president of HIMSS Ontario

TORONTO – HIMSS Ontario, which represents over 600 of the province’s hospital and allied healthcare IT professionals, announced that Richard Irving, PhD (pictured), is President-elect and will become president in 2007.The current President is Rod Burns.

Dr. Irving is an associate professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at York University and has been involved in healthcare IT for a number of years.

He aims to expand the scope of HIMSS Ontario in a several key ways.

First, he would like to work to “Canadianize” the HIMSS certifications for healthcare IT professionals which currently have substantial American content. “We’d like a Canadian version,” said Dr. Irving.

Secondly, Dr. Irving would like to raise the profile of HIMSS Ontario as a source of objective opinion and advice on healthcare IT. “We’ve got IT directors with real-world, hands-on experience,” he said. “We’re among the best-positioned in Canada to offer comment and advice on IT issues.”

As well, Dr. Irving would like to increase the participation of the research community in HIMSS Ontario, particularly from universities and graduate students.

Finally, he said he’d like to re-think how HIMSS Ontario can best work with other organizations in Canada that are involved in healthcare IT issues.

Dr. Richard Irving can be reached at: rirving@ssb.yorku.ca.

 

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