Pat Ryan joins southern Ontario's HDIRS
– Health IT industry veteran Pat Ryan (pictured) has joined HDIRS, the Hospital
Diagnostic Imaging Repository Service, as General Manager.
The Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) diagnostic
imaging project is a joint initiative by 23 hospital corporations to
share diagnostic images and reports across 33 Ontario hospital sites.
Formerly known as the Toronto East Network (TEN), the HDIRS project is
part of the Canadian Health Infoway initiative to accelerate the
implementation of reliable and secure health information systems,
leading to the eventual goal of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for
Most recently, Pat Ryan served as CEO for RSHIP, (Alberta’s Regional
Shared Health Information Program Ltd.), where he led the deployment of
a single shared HIS, including financial applications, among seven of
Alberta’s nine Health Authorities. The shared systems are now hosted on
a single, state of the art Data Centre.
HDIRS and RSHIP have a number of similarities. They are based on the
premise that organizations will gain financial and service benefits from
an interdependent relationship. Both initiatives invoke substantial
change effects upon organizations, culture and individual employees.
Both organizations require a forward thinking, strong Governance model
to ensure the member interests are protected through time and evolution.
Prior to his role at RSHIP, Mr. Ryan led the amalgamation of IMIT
services for British Columbia’s $2.3 billion Interior Health Authority.
This involved the merger of 19 legal entities, 240 service locations and
the decommissioning of 54 data centres. The cost of the 14 month
financial application consolidation was $3.2 million (one time) and this
yielded recurring annual savings of $4.3 million to the organization. A
single HIS was also deployed in less than 3 years, yielding a single MPI
for approximately 2 million patients.
Mr. Ryan believes that public organizations should seriously consider
forming shared services organizations to meet their current and future
needs. Today’s computing power and fiber speed no longer necessitates
Meanwhile, back in Toronto, in February it was announced that Agfa
HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and
diagnostic imaging solutions, and Teranet, a leading provider of
integrated land-based information products, had launched a new
Diagnostic Imaging Data Centre and Virtual Private Network (VPN)
services for the HDIRS project.
Donald Stokes, Healthcare Business Lead at Teranet, said: “This
innovative project is a clear example of how Teranet’s secure electronic
services can benefit medical care while increasing efficiencies and
reducing costs for health administrators. We are excited to support
Ontario’s eHealth goals, and to work with Agfa HealthCare to bring those
goals to fruition.”
According to Michael Green, Regional Manager, IT Business Division, Agfa
HealthCare Canada, “the Ontario-based HDIRS project is a vital
undertaking, as shared electronic patient information is a huge piece of
the eHealth puzzle. This project is a huge leap forward toward achieving
Canada’s EMR goals, and will help healthcare organizations improve the
delivery of patient care while improving the security of medical