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Champlain LHIN appoints e-Health CIO

OTTAWA – Glenn Alexander (pictured) has been appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Champlain region, Dr. Robert Cushman, CEO of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced. The E-Health lead will help develop a portable health record containing basic information that ensures timely communication between emergency departments, laboratories and physicians.

“E-Health is one of six strategic directions outlined in our Integrated Health Service Plan. The importance of E-Health in an integrated health system cannot be underestimated,” says Dr. Cushman. “Mr. Alexander is an accomplished information technology (IT) and business professional with extensive knowledge in health, government and telecommunications. We are pleased to have him join our team.”

Mr. Alexander led the implementation of a number of IT projects including the Drug Programs Information Network (the first of its kind in Canada) and the Public Health Information System in the Province of Manitoba. He was CIO for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority where he implemented the Integrated Community Health Information System Strategic Plan.

“I am excited about the prospect of working collaboratively to achieve state-of-the art information management in the Champlain region,” says Mr. Alexander. As the CIO for the region, Mr. Alexander will be responsible for Champlain’s E-Health Council and the further development of the region’s electronic health record. He will also take a lead on projects currently under way with Ontario’s E-health Program and Canada Health Infoway.

The Champlain LHIN has a mandate to plan, coordinate and fund health services for the Champlain region. The area includes the cities of Ottawa and Cornwall, and stretches to Algonquin Park in the west and to Hawkesbury in the east.