York U's Ric Irving to become
president of HIMSS Ontario
HIMSS Ontario, which represents over 600 of the province’s hospital and
allied healthcare IT professionals, announced that Richard Irving, PhD
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
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
Dr. Richard Irving can be reached at: