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James Maclean becomes Infoway’s VP of innovation

TORONTO – Canada Health Infoway announced that effective March 3, 2008, Dr. James R. Maclean (pictured) will join the organization as Vice President of Innovation and Adoption.

“In his numerous roles as both a physician and administrator, Jim has a proven track record as an e-health visionary and patient focused leader,” said Richard Alvarez, president and CEO of Infoway.

Previously, Dr. Maclean has held the positions of Special Advisor and Executive Lead for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, where he directed the establishment of 150 interdisciplinary family health teams.

He has also served in the positions of Chief of Staff and Chief Executive Officer at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), in Markham, Ont. During his 13 year tenure in those roles at MSH, the hospital earned a National Quality Institute Award for excellence, the first healthcare institute ever honoured with this award.

Dr. Maclean has also served as a member on a number of boards, including the Smart Systems for Health Agency, the Child Health Network and the Toronto East Network CEO Group.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Maclean has taken on numerous challenges in steering large-scale change projects that successfully deliver measurable results in patient satisfaction, improved quality of care and cost efficiencies. His hands on experience as a general practitioner with the implementation and use of EMRs, and as a leader in the promotion of the uptake of their use amongst other physicians, will add new perspectives to Infoway’s adoption and end user efforts.

“I also want to take this opportunity to especially thank Catherine Hunter for acting in the Vice President Innovation and Adoption position over the last several months, and to acknowledge her contributions and leadership,” said Alvarez.

Infoway works with provinces and territories to invest in electronic health projects, which support safer, more efficient healthcare delivery. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these private and secure systems provide healthcare professionals with immediate access to complete and accurate patient information, enabling better decisions about diagnosis and treatment. The result is a sustainable healthcare system offering improved quality, accessibility, productivity and cost savings.