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New VP of privacy and security at SSHA

TORONTO Ė Ontarioís 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 SSHA?

A. In the coming months, the primary focus will be addressing the recommendations in the Information & Privacy Commissionerís (IPC) report about the Agency.

Q. What are your thoughts about the recent IPC Review?

A. Itís an excellent blueprint for us to move forward. We already had plans and initiatives in place to address some of the reportís findings. The review put the recommendations in an orderly sequence ó- a condensed plan that can help guide us to co-ordinate existing and new improvement initiatives.

Q. What are your long-term goals for your role at SSHA?

A. Iím 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 and security?

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 weíve collectively done a good job. Privacy and security should not be perceived to be an impediment to the Agencyís 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.