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New CEO appointed at Smart Systems for Health Agency

TORONTO – The Board of Directors of Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) has announced the appointment of William Albino (pictured) as its new CEO. Mr. Albino has more than twenty years experience in the information technology and telecom industries. He has served as a board member, senior executive and general manager for companies in Canada and the United States.

Specifically, he has worked for EDS Canada as Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, Sales. He has also worked for Xerox Corporation in senior management roles in Canada and the United States. He has run his own consulting company for technology start up companies.

Michael Lauber, who has been the Acting CEO since January 1, 2007, will now resume his position as Chair, Board of Directors.

Mr. Lauber said: “We believe William Albino is the right person to take SSHA to the next level of providing greater value to our clients. We have a clear set of action and improvement items to address. We need someone to lead SSHA to become a best-practice organization focused on meeting our customer needs.”

Mr. Albino commented: “I know from my previous roles that many opportunities exist to improve the flow of patient information in healthcare with information technology. SSHA has a unique role to play by making that information available between organizations and professionals across Ontario. I look forward to contributing to this difficult but exciting goal.”

SSHA announced its search for a new CEO in September 2006 when the founding CEO announced his retirement.

Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) seeks to electronically connect Ontario healthcare professionals to patient information, with the goal of contributing to more informed decisions by care-givers. SSHA is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, from which it receives 100 percent of its funding. Its products and services are free for publicly funded healthcare organizations and professionals.

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