This week I’m traveling in Eastern Canada or more specifically the greater Toronto area. I’m came to speak at a healthcare executive roundtable event organized by my Microsoft colleagues who manage our health business in Canada. It was also an opportunity to catch up with some of our customers and partners in the region. Last night I had dinner with Ken Sutcliff who serves as CIO for Cancer Care Ontario, an organization that touches the lives of more than 300,000 citizens in Ontario. Ken and I have met on several occasions over the years in Toronto and at industry conferences. He’s one of those forward looking individuals who is always pressing the envelope on ways to better serve patients through innovative uses of technology. He’s also a pragmatist, and as such, is particularly interested in leveraging cloud technologies to provide better, more scalable services to his constituents while lowering his organization’s fixed IT costs. If you happen to share this interest for your own organization, I can highly recommend a visit the new Microsoft Technology Center in Mississauga. It is the place in Canada to experience how technology is being used to improve and transform how business gets done.
You may recall that a few weeks ago a wrote a piece on HealthBlog titled, Do we need to reimagine the electronic medical record. This morning I had a chance to meet up with a partner called AVOCA. They are doing the kind of work I was referring to in that post about reimaging the EMR. As company representative, Fred Rossi, explained to me; how they got where they are is perhaps as interesting as what they are doing.