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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,, 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 System.

• 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 Assessment Database.