Make a difference in the lives of thousands as you help lead Alberta’s healthcare system through the next phase of technological innovation. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is seeking an influential, dynamic, and groundbreaking individual for the role of Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). A key part of the AHS senior leadership team, the CMIO will advocate for clinical informatics and lead information stewardship and management across the organization, while ensuring physician information needs are properly considered in AHS strategic direction, project work and operations.
Alberta Health Services is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to over four million people in Alberta. We employ over 108,000 people and are supported by almost 9,300 physicians (physicians, dentist, oral surgeon and podiatrist). With more than 650 facilities across the province, including 106 acute care hospitals and five standalone psychiatric facilities, AHS also partners with physicians in 42 primary care networks across the province.
AHS is organized into five geographic Zones which direct “local” health delivery within a provincial context. In addition to the major urban centres of Edmonton and Calgary, the North, Central, and South Zone each offers bustling cities, charming small towns, diverse landscapes, and an excellent quality of life – choose the setting that best suits you. As one of Canada’s top employers, a top employer for diversity and youth, as well as one of Alberta’s top 70 employers, you will be joining an exceptional team. If you can lead successful change in a large and complex organization, combine technical expertise with leadership and people skills, and want to make a meaningful difference with the work you do, this may be the perfect opportunity for you.
The CMIO plays a key role within the AHS senior leadership team. Reporting to the Vice President Quality & Chief Medical Officer, and forming a triad with the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and the Senior Program Officer – Connect Care, the CMIO co-leads the development of a steady-state clinical IT and informatics strategy, while communicating project and operational issues to clinical business leaders and clinicians and promoting clinical improvement and innovation. The CMIO directs and oversees engagement of physician communities in the five AHS zones, building awareness and opportunities for meaningful physician CIS adoption.
The Connect Care clinical information system (CIS) launched in November 2019, bringing together 1,300 separate health information systems. The CMIO is responsible for further deployment of Connect Care throughout Alberta, ensuring stabilization, optimization and continued adoption of existing deployments by physicians.
The CMIO builds and nurtures key relationships with provincial stakeholders (e.g. the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health, the Primary Care Alliance, post-secondary academic institutions), and represents AHS informational requirements and expectations to external physician groups.
To further the portfolio’s goals, the CMIO chairs or participates in senior committees (AHS, AH, stakeholders, etc.) relevant to clinical informatics. An active participant in AHS leadership, the CMIO meets regularly with IT and clinical operations personnel and participates in committees for strategy development, clinical systems deployment, operations and support.
Seeking to inform benefits realization and harm reduction related to clinical information system use, the CMIO collaborates with clinical business and AHS strategy leadership to provide direction for education, adoption and optimization of clinical informatics province wide.