New VP of privacy and security at SSHA
TORONTO – Ontario’s Smart Systems
for Health Agency (SSHA) announced that Michael Power joined the
organization last month as Vice President, Privacy and Security.
Mr. Power brings over twenty years of legal and policy experience to the
organization. He most recently held the position of partner and Chief
Privacy Officer at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. Prior to returning to
private practice, he served as the Deputy Director of the PKI
Secretariat at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and held
various positions at the Federal Department of Justice.
As reported in a recent SSHA publication, Mr. Power responded to a
series of questions.
Q. What is your short-term focus for the Privacy and Security team at
A. In the coming months, the primary focus will be addressing the
recommendations in the Information & Privacy Commissioner’s (IPC) report
about the Agency.
Q. What are your thoughts about the recent IPC Review?
A. It’s an excellent blueprint for us to move forward. We already had
plans and initiatives in place to address some of the report’s findings.
The review put the recommendations in an orderly sequence —- a condensed
plan that can help guide us to co-ordinate existing and new improvement
Q. What are your long-term goals for your role at SSHA?
A. I’m very excited about the ongoing evolution of privacy and security
within e-Health in Ontario. My long-term goal is to develop and nurture
confidence of clients in the privacy and security aspects of all SSHA
activities. In order to do that, I think it is important to continue to
build and nurture a team capable of adapting to the rapidly changing
environment and quickly addressing any privacy or security issues that
emerge. I think the Agency can play a leadership role within the health
community with respect to privacy and security standards.
Q. How do you want clients to perceive SSHA with respect to privacy
A. At the end of the day, if clients recognize SSHA as a leader in
privacy and security in the area of e-Health, then we’ve collectively
done a good job. Privacy and security should not be perceived to be an
impediment to the Agency’s ability to deliver products and services. To
ensure we systematically remove any possible concerns, technology has an
important role to play in protecting the privacy and security of health
records in Ontario.