Xwave sets up physician advisory board
TORONTO – xwave, a
leading supplier of information systems for doctors’ offices, clinics
and other healthcare providers, has established a Medical Advisory Board
to provide input and develop strategies for the healthcare market.
The board’s eight members will, on a voluntary basis, provide advice and
counsel for 12 months on a range of solutions that includes a clinical
management system that xwave developed in partnership with GE
Adopted in Ontario, the system offers electronic medical record (EMR)
and practice management (PM) software in a fully managed application
service provider (ASP) environment.
“These physicians will bring to xwave significant medical expertise and
hands-on experience, both of which are essential to keeping our
healthcare solutions current and relevant,” said Dr. Guy Bisson
(pictured), Chair and Medical Director, xwave. “Healthcare is undergoing
great change, and as a team of practicing professionals who use
information technology, this Medical Advisory Board will ensure our
solutions remain on the forefront of change and can support it in a
timely, meaningful way.”
The members of the Medical Advisory Board are:
• Dr. Guy Bisson – Chair and Medical Director of xwave. Dr. Bisson was a
full professor of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke,
teaching cardiology, nephrology and public health at both the
pre-graduate and MD levels.
He was previously the University’s Director of Academic Computing at the
faculty of medicine, and he was Director of Electronic Health Records (EHR)
at the University hospital. He was also field director for the clinical
data warehouse at the University’s Clinical Research Centre.
Dr. Bisson has served as a consultant in medical informatics and
telematics for public and private-sector organizations in Québec. He is
an advocate of integrated, patient-focused healthcare, supporting
optimization of the clinical practice through technology; integration of
clinical research/education/care at the point of care; and increasing
the role of patients as active participants in the healthcare system.
• Dr. Brian Devin – Family physician at the Osgoode Village Health
Centre in Osgoode, Ontario. This practice is divided between family
medicine office practice and hospital duties, providing ER coverage,
inpatient care and surgical assisting at Winchester District Memorial
Dr. Devin has served as a Medical Officer at the National Defence
Medical Centre and a Battalion Medical Officer for the First Battalion,
Royal Canadian Regiment (1 RCR) in Petawawa. He has been Chief of Staff
at Winchester since November 2006 and was previously Chief of ER and
President of Medical Staff. He holds an MD from the University of
Toronto, a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from McMaster University,
and completed his Family Medicine Residency at Queen’s University.
• Dr. Wendy Graham – Lead Physician, Blue Sky Family Health Team, North
Bay, Ontario. Dr. Graham has been in full-time comprehensive family
practice for over 20 years. She is a member of a number of provincial
and national boards: the Anemia Institute of Research and Education;
past member of the Canadian Council for integrated Health Care; past
member of Ontario Medical Association Board of Directors; and, founding
member of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario.
She has been awarded the College of Family Physicians of Canada – Dr.
Jean-Pierre Despins Award for 2004 and the Distinguished Service Award
from the Ontario Medical Association for 2002. Dr. Graham spearheaded
the first wave of the Family Health Team in Northern Ontario. She holds
an Assistant Professorship at the University of Ottawa and acts as a
preceptor for NOMEC and the new Northern Ontario Rural Medical School.
• Dr. Greg Higgins – Lead Physician, Prince Edward Family Health Team,
Picton, Ontario. Dr. Higgins has been in private practice since 1991 and
is lead physician at Picton Clinic FHN, President of Prince Edward FHT
and IT lead. Although accepted for a Masters program in Computing
Science, Dr. Higgins chose to obtain an MD from Queen’s University. He
also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.
• Dr. David Lenny – Family physician at the Centennial Medical Centre in
Carleton Place, Ontario. Apart from a brief period in Levack, north of
Sudbury, Dr. David Lenny has worked in general practice in Carleton
Place for the last 29 years, and formed a Family Health Network three
years ago. Dr. Lenny graduated from the University of Toronto and
completed an Internship in New Zealand.
• Dr. Richard Trenholm – Physician at the Lakeview Family Health Network
in Huntsville, Ontario. Dr. Trenholm practices family medicine with a
special interest in obstetrics and emergency medicine. Dr. Trenholm
graduated from Medicine at McMaster University after completing an
Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of
Guelph and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology at McMaster. He
subsequently completed a rural family medicine residency through the
University of Ottawa’s Northeastern Ontario Family Medicine program in
• Dr. Richard Wiginton – Physician at the Brighton Family Health Team in
Brighton, Ontario. Dr. Wiginton is a former lead physician and Chair of
the Brighton FHT and FHN, and for four years was a Member and the
Medical Director of the Board of the Brighton Health Services Centre.
During his schooling he received numerous awards and scholarships; he
has a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queen’s and obtained his
MD and residency in Family Medicine at Queen’s University. Dr. Wiginton
served in the reserves of the Canadian Armed Forces and worked for six
summers in the Fort Henry Guard in Kingston, Ontario.
• Dr. Mark Wilkinson – Lead Physician at the Stratford Family Health
Network in Stratford, Ontario, and a member of Active Staff, Department
of Family Practice since 1983. Dr. Wilkinson is a member of the Ontario
Medical Association, Perth County Medical Society, and the Ontario
College of Physicians and Surgeons. He obtained his MD at the University
of Western Ontario and completed a General Rotating Internship at
Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario.
xwave Healthcare earned Company of the Year at the 2006 Canadian Health
Informatics Awards. It is one of the largest and longest-serving
practices of its kind in Canada, with 250 consultants that include
physicians, nurses, technical architects and project managers. Drawing
from 30 years of experience, they develop technology that effectively
connects providers with patients and promotes efficiency and reform
across the entire continuum of care. Their solutions and services range
from waitlist management and Telehealth to eReferral systems and
complete outsourced infrastructure support.
xwave, a division of Bell Aliant, is a full-service business-solutions
provider that serves clients through systems integration, infrastructure
services, and fulfillment. These areas offer clients a broad delivery
capability: xwave plans, designs, builds and operates complete ICT
solutions that meet business-process needs and are designed to deliver a
measurable return on technology investments. With more than $355 million
in revenues and 1,500 people, xwave is one of the largest
business-solutions organizations in Canada, with locations in St.
John’s, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Charlottetown,
Summerside, Ottawa, Toronto, New England, Washington DC and Colorado.
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