Healthcare IT innovators shine at the
2007 CIPA gala
TORONTO – Winners of
the 2007 competition of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA)
have shown how information technology is transforming Canada’s economy –
by advancing healthcare networks and changing how businesses are built
for competitive advantage.
The 15th annual CIPA Gala Banquet marked the emergence into the Canadian
mainstream of integrated healthcare systems made possible by information
technology. A highlight was the awarding of the Diamond Award of
Excellence in the not-for-profit sector to Cancer Care Ontario for its
Wait Time Information System.
This system, developed on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care, has made possible for the first time the efficient
measurement and tracking of wait times for surgeries. Through the
system’s Web site,
www.ontariowaittimes.com, physicians have access to information to
improve their clinical practices and the public can see and assess
improvements in the availability of surgeries.
Cancer Care Ontario was one of six healthcare institutions from coast to
coast whose transformation earned them gold and silver Awards of
Excellence. They accounted for one-quarter of the 24 awards presented,
the first time that healthcare has been so prominently represented in
the multi-sector CIPA awards.
The 2007 award winners were drawn from record numbers of 90 finalists
and 170 entries, and were presented before a black-tie audience of 800
executives at the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre.
CIPA also recognized the importance of the IT revolution in healthcare
by inducting into its Hall of Fame the president and CEO of Canada
Health Infoway, Richard Alvarez (pictured above). He has been a champion
of technology in healthcare for 20 years and now is directing the effort
of the federally funded not-for-profit organization to develop an
interoperable, pan-Canadian health record solution.
A second 2007
inductee, Ed Lawlor (pictured at left), founder and CEO of DeltaWare
Systems Inc. of Charlottetown and a builder of multiple IT associations,
has the distinction of being the first Regional Builder Inductee in the
CIPA Hall of Fame.
“We had strong participation from all regions in this year’s
competition,” said Norm Kirkpatrick, President and CEO of CIPA. “Every
province was represented among the finalists. CIPA has become a regional
as well as national showcase for innovation, and an important resource
for knowledge transfer among senior executives in every part of Canada.”
Other health sector winners included:
• Collaboration – Not For Profit, Silver Award, Capital Health
Nephrology Information System.
• Innovation – Not For Profit, Gold Award, National Research Council of
Canada, Institute for Information Technology, New Strategy for Gene
Expression-Based Biomarker Discovery.
• Organizational Transformation – For Profit, Gold Award, Winnipeg
Clinic Medical Corp., Electronic Medical Record & Practice Management
• Organizational Transformation – Not For Profit, Gold Award, Nova
Scotia Department of Health, Nova Scotia PACS Project.
• Silver Award, Public Health Agency of Canada, Traveler Health