Ontario’s e-health agency, Smart Systems for Health, has announced William Albino as its new CEO.

Albino’s appointment follows a highly critical review by Deloitte and Touche that cites a long list of challenges and shortcomings facing the Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA).

Albino has more than 20 years’ experience in the information technology and telecom industries, and has served as a board member, senior executive and general manager for companies in Canada and the United States.

Specifically, he has worked for EDS Canada as executive vice-president and senior vice-president, sales. He has also worked for Xerox Corp. in senior management roles in Canada and the U.S. He has run his own consulting company for technology startup companies.

Michael Lauber, who has been the acting CEO since January 1, will now resume his position as chair, board of directors.

“We believe Albino is the right person to take SSHA to the next level of providing greater value to our clients,” says Lauber. “We have a clear set of action and improvement items to address.”

Lauber adds that they need someone to lead SSHA to become a best-practice organization focused on meeting their customer needs.

“I know from my previous roles that many opportunities exist to improve the flow of patient information in health care with information technology,” says Albino. “SSHA has a unique role to play by making that information available between organizations and professionals across Ontario. I look forward to contributing to this difficult but exciting goal.”

SSHA announced its search for a new CEO last September when the founding CEO announced his retirement.

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