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Steve Banyai appointed CEO at CHIS

CHATHAM, Ont. – Consolidated Health Information Services (CHIS), the regional, not-for profit IT company, is pleased to announce that Steve Banyai (pictured) has accepted the position of President and CEO effective December 2008.

In addition to the CEO role, Steve becomes Chief Information Officer of CKHA and Windsor Regional Hospital.

Steve joins CHIS with 15 years of experience in healthcare technology. Most recently he was Vice-President, Information Services and Chief Information and Privacy Officer at Bridgepoint Health in Toronto.

He is a recognized leader in Ontario’s e-health sector and brings prior experience with shared service models and integrated operating plans. He believes in solving process problems by leveraging talented people, information and technology to optimize quality, efficiency, safety – and ultimately, patient care.

CHIS Board Chair, Ken Tremblay said: “This is an exciting time for CHIS and its growing mandate in the Erie St. Clair region. We welcome Steve to our journey. As CHIS matures and responds to the evolving e-health strategies in Ontario, Steve brings a welcomed perspective.”

Steve replaces Sharon Pfaff, who recently joined Cancer Care Ontario as Deputy Chief Information Officer.

CHIS is owned by Bluewater Health (BWH), Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) and Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), which operate over 1,200 in-patient beds with a full range of acute, ambulatory, rehabilitation and long term care services.

CHIS provides IT services to its member organizations and to community healthcare agencies. It aims to enhance deployment of current and emerging healthcare IT systems.

With the creation of regional health-service providers in Ontario, CHIS is positioned to play a key role in systems integration across the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network.

Said Banyai: “I am pleased to be joining CHIS, whose staff has delivered on the challenging economic demands of Ontario’s evolving healthcare system.

“Amongst CHIS progress is joint IT planning, which has facilitated the development of a regional health record and a single multi-facility health information system that will strategically prepare all hospitals for future applications and system integration. This ultimately supports improved patient care through the use of integrated information and technology.”

With its new model, the founding partners of CHIS have been able to accelerate their adoption of new applications, improve efficiency, reduce costs and improve both service and capacity.