Health Informatics Institute Hosts Research Symposium
(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – April 18, 2011): Gathering at the Delta Hotel on Friday, The Collaborative Research Symposium hosted by the Health Informatics Institute (HII) at Algoma University brought health experts and researchers together to share and discover project ideas and to create an action plan for working together. The event engaged health organizations and researchers in a positive opportunity that explored research approaches and methodologies, strengthened relationships, built consensus, and identified potential projects.
Presenters for the event included Dr. Alan McLean, Chief of Staff, Sault Area Hospitals, Susan McLean, Administrative Lead, Superior Family Health Care Team, Elizabeth Bodnar, Senior Manager, Group Health Association, Dr. David Fera, Board Chair and CEO, Algoma District Medical Group, Dr. Gregory M. Ross, Associate Dean- Research, Algoma District Medical Group, Dr. Paula Antunes, Science Development Officer, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Dwayne Hammond, Strategic Advisor, Computer Games Technology, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Chris Sambol, Health and Human Services Manager, Community Geomatics Centre, Dr. Allan Northan, Medical Officer of Health, Algoma Public Health, Marilyn King, Chair, Health Programs, Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, Sandra Lamon, Administrative Lead, Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, Syd Parlour, Director, Administration & Organizational Development, Algoma Family Services, and Dr. Nicola Shaw, ESRI Canada Health Informatics Research Chair and Scientific Director of the Health Informatics Institute at Algoma University.
“The symposium was an opportunity, not only to establish a stronger research community in health, but also to strengthen partnerships between health agencies. Success is dependent on these relationships since partnerships are paramount for any research developments to move forward in a streamlined and productive manner,” said Shaw. ”The theme of the symposium was ‘Innovations in Health’. The Health Informatics Institute’s focus is on enabling health system innovation, as well as improved and more efficient patient-centered care. The suggestions and insights gained at the symposium will form the foundation for future partnerships and research opportunities that impact and improve health, in our community and beyond.”
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic & Social Development, and Biology; Algoma U is committed to offering a personal education experience unlike any university in Ontario. As the Canadian home of the internationally recognised MSc CGT from the University of Abertay Dundee, Algoma University is at the forefront of computer games technology education. Algoma University also offers accelerated second degree programs in Business Administration and Computer Science on its Brampton campus. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.To learn more about Algoma University, visit www.algomau.ca.
About the Health Informatics Institute
The Health Informatics Institute (HII) is a not-for-profit research institute located at Algoma University. The institute is focused on Applied Health Informatics research that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the health system. Areas of interest include primary and community care, use of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), geographic information systems (GIS) for health and serious games for health. We aim to develop, implement and commercialize research based innovative solutions and best practices and strive to maintain a strong network comprised of external academic, government and industry partners.
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