Driving Improvements in Quality, Safety and Efficiency: Putting Your Health Data to Use

When we think about health system use of electronic data, we think about unleashing the potential of data’s value. So much more can be done to increase the quality, safety and efficiency of our Canadian health care system, and data is at the heart of these improvements.

CIHI will hold this symposium on Sunday, June 1 in Vancouver—right before e‑Health 2014.

This is a unique opportunity to hear international and Canadian experts discuss how they are making better use of digital health information to shape quality, safety and efficiency in their health systems. We think you will be interested because we suspect you are also faced with this challenge: finding ways to make better use of your e‑Health investments and data to improve care and make the most of your care budget.

We encourage you to register soon—seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of this session, which includes lunch, is only $75.

For more information about the symposium, please contact us at strategicinitiatives@cihi.ca.

How to register

Sign up for this symposium only, or for the symposium and e-Health 2014, at www.e‑Healthconference.com/registration. Want to add this symposium to your existing e‑Health registration? Click on the edit/change your registration link link in your email confirmation.


We are bringing together an impressive roster of speakers for our half-day symposium.


Panel 1: International trends in health system use of data

Dr. Geraint Lewis, FRCP, FFPH
Chief Data Officer
National Health Service, England

Geraint Lewis, FRCP, FFPH, is the chief data officer of the National Health Service in England. He trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and holds a master’s in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Lewis worked in acute medicine and emergency medicine in the U.K. and Australia before specializing in population health.

He is the author of Mastering Public Health (a leading post-graduate textbook on population health), as well many peer-reviewed papers in international journals such as Health Affairs, Milbank Quarterly and the BMJ.

Dr. Lewis was a 2008–2009 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice in New York; he was the 2008 recipient of the National Director’s Award at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs; and he was the 2011 recipient of the Bradshaw Lectureship of the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Dr. Lewis was previously senior director for Clinical Outcomes and Analytics at Walgreens, based in Chicago, and senior fellow of the Nuffield Trust, a leading health policy think-tank based in London.

Dr. Louise Schaper
Health Informatics Society of Australia

Louise Schaper is an innovator and change agent who doesn’t sit still and whose passion and enthusiasm for health informatics is shaping a new future for the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA). Dr. Schaper is a world leader in health informatics and is intimately connected to Australia’s substantial health reform efforts, where e-Health is a key enabler to achieving high-quality, safe, sustainable and patient-centred care. In addition to her leadership of HISA, Dr. Schaper sits on the Advisory Board for the Stanford Medicine X conference, has been part of the National e‑Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) Clinical Leads team and previously chaired the e‑Health International Advisory Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Dr. Schaper is an occupational therapist, holds a PhD on technology acceptance among health care professionals and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Leadership Program.

Brent Diverty
Vice President, Programs
Canadian Institute for Health Information

Brent Diverty is the vice president of Programs at CIHI, with executive responsibility for CIHI’s range of health services, expenditure and workforce data holdings and many of the standard information products that flow from them. Prior to re-joining CIHI in February 2013, Mr. Diverty spent 2 years at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in Canberra, where he provided strategic leadership to the organization as a member of the executive team and programmatic leadership to a diverse portfolio of health and welfare information programs. Previously, Mr. Diverty worked as a director at CIHI, in management consulting roles and at Statistics Canada. Over his 20-year career, he has worked on both the supply and demand sides of data and information, in most cases with a focus on health services and population health. He holds an MA in economics from McMaster University, with a specialization in health.


Panel 2: Experiences in using data for building quality and safety at the health system level in Canada

Mike Barron
President and Chief Executive Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information

Mike Barron is president and chief executive officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information. He is also the incoming president of COACH, Canada’s health informatics association.

As CEO of the centre, Mr. Barron is responsible for leading Newfoundland and Labrador’s electronic health record (EHR) development as well as for providing leadership in all areas of provincial health informatics, including analytics, data quality, standards, evaluation and other health information management and technology initiatives. Mr. Barron also sits on the board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research.

Among many national involvements, he has served as the Newfoundland and Labrador representative on Health Canada’s Electronic Health Records Working Group; he has participated in the Canada Health Infoway EHR Standards Steering Committee and CIO Forum; and he has been chair of the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health Technical Advisory Committee on Health System Use.

Mr. Barron holds a bachelor of commerce and a master’s in business administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has also completed the Public Executive Program and the Governance Program at Queen’s University.

Dr. Bill Clifford
Chief Medical Information Officer
Northern Health

Bill Clifford is a family physician who is currently chief medical information officer for Northern Health in British Columbia.

He is also site faculty for informatics in the Prince George site of the University of British Columbia Family Practice Resident Program. He has a keen and long-standing interest in electronic medical records and other e-Health tools. Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Clifford was a forester and worked with resource management tools such as digital mapping and simulation modelling, which led to his interest in e‑Health.

Dr. Douglas Cochrane
Chair and Provincial Patient Safety and Quality Officer
B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council

Douglas Cochrane is the chair and provincial patient safety and quality officer of the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council. He is also past chair of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Dr. Cochrane is a professor at the University of British Columbia in neurosurgery, a certificant of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Cochrane obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1975, followed by training in neurosurgery at the University of Calgary. He completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, in 1981.

Following his training, Dr. Cochrane was appointed as a neurosurgeon at the Calgary General Hospital, Foothills Provincial Hospital, Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital; he served these facilities until 1986. During this time, he held an appointment as assistant professor of neurosciences at the University of Calgary.

In 1986, Dr. Cochrane was appointed as a staff neurosurgeon at B.C. Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. He served as the head of the section of Surgery and as surgeon-in-chief for B.C. Children’s Hospital and Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia from 1991 to 2001; as vice president of Medicine for Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia from 2001 to 2003; and as vice president of Medical Affairs, Quality, Safety and Risk Management for the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver from 2003 to 2008. He chaired the B.C. Patient Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003 to the creation of the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council.

Dr. Cochrane is interested in the following areas related to patient safety and quality:

  • Patient safety policy and accountability mechanisms, risk assessment, evaluation and mitigation.
  • Health care systems development and change focusing on provider skills through the analysis of quality and safety during surgical care.
  • Clinical information system development and implementation.

Dr John P. Hirdes, PhD
Chair, interRAI Network of Canada
Professor and Chair of the Ontario Home Care Research and Knowledge Exchange, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

John Hirdes is a professor and Ontario Home Care Research and Knowledge Exchange chair in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo. He is the senior Canadian fellow and a board member of interRAI, an international consortium of researchers from more than 35 countries. He chairs interRAI’s International Network of Excellence in Mental Health and the interRAI Network of Canada.

Dr. Hirdes has more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals and academic book chapters. His primary areas of interest include geriatric assessment, mental health, health care and service delivery, case mix systems, quality measurement, health information management and quantitative research methods.

In 2012, Dr. Hirdes received the University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision. In addition, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal through the Canadian Home Care Association and the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

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