What does it mean for the AHS Provincial CIS to be “business-led”?

​With AHS now firmly on the path to a provincial clinical information system (CIS), we face major transformative challenges. We cannot succeed unless both executive and clinician (user) engagement is rock-solid. Indeed, we have committed to run a project that is “business-led”. Our user engagement strategy very much depends upon what we mean by “business-led”. The CMIO team, in collaboration with the CIO, CIS Project, Organizational Change Management, Communications and other stakeholders, seeks a better understanding of what AHS leadership, information technologies, and other stakeholders understand by business leadership, clinician engagement, empowerment and accountability. The aim is to expose core principles that can inform the next stage of clinician engagement planning. More to follow!


AHS Provincial CIS Leadership Opportunity

​AHS is looking for a Senior Program Officer (SPO) for the Provincial Clinical Information System (CIS) Program to co-lead the most significant transformation in provincial healthcare to date. Reporting directly to the VP, Quality and Chief Medical Officer, the CIS SPO will work in a triad partnership with the CMIO and Chief Information Officer (CIO). The successful candidate will provide overall leadership to care transformation, planning, development and change management required for the deployment of a single continuum-of-care provincial CIS. The SPO will co-lead CIS design, build, implementation, optimization and operation, with particular focus on clinical design. A business-focused thought leader, with in-depth understanding of clinical operations, the SPO will have strong communication, liaison and coordination skills that will ensure the successful transfer of knowledge to clinical teams and affected employees.
SCO Recruitment Posting: ahs-cis.ca/SPO

AHS Provincial CIS RFP Progresses to Second Phase

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has just completed the first stage of its Request For Proposal (RFP) process for an AHS Provincial Clinical Information System (CIS). This proved a complicated logistical and technical process requiring significant coordination. Shortlisted Proponents will be invited to a more in-depth review as part of the second stage of the RFP. This will include a requirement to demonstrate detailed functionality to 250 clinicians, staff and patients in early 2017. A final decision on the successful bid will be made in mid-2017 and will be shared with staff and the public.
The aim of the CIS is to improve patient experiences and the quality and safety of patient care by supporting standardized information management across the continuum of health care.
AHS CIS Facts: ahs-cis.ca/facts
AHS CIS Website: ahs-cis.ca/public
AHS CIS InSite: ahs-cis.ca/private
AHS CIS Queries: provincialcisprogram@ahs.ca


What does the Chief Medical Information Office do?

Under the direction of the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), and supported by three Associate CMIOs, the Office provides leadership, coordination and facilitation of clinical informatics initiatives for Alberta Health Services (AHS). Clinical informatics seeks to transform health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems for better individual and population health outcomes.
The CMIO oversees provincial clinical informatics efforts, while the Associate CMIOs guide clinical informatics initiatives in their respective zones (Edmonton, Calgary and North+South+Central). This includes advocacy for the needs of clinical users of AHS Clinical Information Systems (CIS). The Office supports staff, systems, and contracted clinicians providing guidance to initiatives where information technology impacts patients, clinicians and communities. Key clinical improvement services include: 1) Clinical Informatics, 2) Clinical Guidance & Content Management, 3) eHealth Process Optimization, 4) eQuality & eSafety, 5) eHealth Capacity & Adoption, and 6) Stakeholder Relations. We’ll have more to say about each in future CI Bytes.
CMIO Org Chart: ahs-cmio.ca/orgchart
CMIO Overview: ahs-cmio.ca/overview
CMIO Public Website: http://www.ahs.ca/cmio
CMIO Queries: mailto:cmio@ahs.ca