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SSHA bolsters expertise with new recruits

TORONTO – Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) has added three experienced staff members to its Client Relationship Management Division as a way to enhance e-Health deployments in the laboratory, public health, telemedicine and physician sectors.

The three new staff members are:
• Heidi Brown, Account Director, Public Health
• Nima Dehghanpour, Account Director, Laboratories
• Jim Scott, Account Director, Telemedicine and Physicians

“The addition of these three senior IT experts will be a tremendous asset as we continue to build partnerships and work together towards achieving e-Health innovation for Ontario,” said Laurie Hicks, Vice-President, Client Relationship Management for SSHA.

• Heidi Brown
Heidi brings 20 years of health care IT experience – up to the Vice-President level – with General Electric Healthcare, Eclipsys Corporation, EMC, Data General Corporation and others. In her new role, she facilitates the adoption of SSHA products and services by the Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Public Health Units. SSHA works with the public health sector to offer provincial IT solutions to protect Ontarians in the event of disease outbreaks and to improve information sharing among public health professionals. A major project is to assist the MOHLTC implement Panorama, the Pan-Canadian Public Health Surveillance Solution, in 2011. Panorama will help protect Ontarians from emerging and ongoing public health threats, reducing the risk posed from communicable diseases.

• Nima Dehghanpour
Nima has 15 years of IT project management and client relationship experience with Capgemini Outsourcing, xwave Solutions and others. She works with the Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) of the MOHLTC on the development and rollout of this project that will electronically connect medical labs and link them with the practitioners who order tests and need the results. She helps the OLIS team leverage SSHA services as it deploys OLIS. Once fully implemented, OLIS will provide the health care system with a centralized system of electronic test ordering.

• Jim Scott
Jim has 25 years of experience managing IT and telecom services with companies such as Hydro One, EDS, Bell Canada and others. He works with OntarioMD and the MOHLTC to accelerate the adoption of SSHA products by Ontario’s 25,000 physicians. In addition, he works with Ontario Telemedicine Network to help it continue to rapidly expand its patient-health care provider videoconference services to rural and northern areas of Ontario.

About SSHA
SSHA is an agency of the Ontario MOHLTC, responsible for electronically connecting health care professionals to each other and to patient information. SSHA provides a common IT platform that helps health care providers access vital patient and health information they need to deliver better care. For more information, visit