Not only is Matt Anderson, CIO of University Health Network, an innovative IT leader, as described in the August issue of CIO Canada, he is also an accomplished writer. In the following article, he describes how UHN is using IT to support the delivery of care and business processes.
In the three years since the approval of University Health Network’s last information management strategy, care@uhn, significant resources have been invested in developing a highly integrated, content-rich and reliable information infrastructure. As a result, UHN is effectively using information and technology to support the delivery of care and business processes. Despite the progress made in reducing the organization’s dependence on manual systems and paper-based information storage, there remains a significant opportunity to leverage the investment made to date and profoundly improve patient care through increased access and use of information and technology.
While the long-term vision for information management established in care@uhn remains relevant, the strategic objectives and implementation plans needed to be updated to align with organizational, industry and technological developments, including: