[ASC-media] CSIRO: Canadian expert joins Australian e-Health Centre

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Wed Apr 23 01:29:11 CEST 2008

22 April 2008 

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Canadian expert joins Australian e-Health Centre

One of the major contributors to the development and implementation of
Canada's electronic health records system, Richard C Alvarez, has been
appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Australian e-Health Research Centre
in Brisbane.

A joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government, the
e-Health Research Centre is a leading national research facility for
health care innovations in ICT.

The Centre's CEO, CSIRO's Gary Morgan, says much of Canada's success in
becoming a world leader in the implementation of health information
technologies can be attributed to Mr Alvarez who is currently the
President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway.

"Through his vision and efforts, he has helped to position Canada as a
world leader by reforming the health care system through innovation and
technology," Mr Morgan says.

"Mr Alvarez is a long-standing friend of the Centre and has previously
served on our Research and Investment Advisory Committee. 

"His many efforts on its behalf have significantly advanced the Centre's
international collaborations - particularly in forging links with
Canadian health agencies and research institutions which have mutual
areas of interest."

The Centre's e-Health Medical Director, Professor Bruce Barraclough,
says the Centre's achievements to-date have been driven by its
multi-disciplinary team of internationally renowned scientists and
software engineers.

"Mr Alvarez is helping the Centre to ensure that our world-class people
will create the health solutions applicable to new forms of chronic
disease management well into the future," he says.

"The Canadian health system is similar to that of Australia and
Australia has a lot to learn from Canada and Richard Alvarez."

The Centre bestows Honorary Fellowships on individuals who have
distinguished themselves through achievements in health information
technology and/or activities in support of the Centre's aims and

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Further Information:

Gary Morgan, Australian e-Health Research Centre
07 3024 1602; gary.morgan at csiro.au
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02 9372 4605; Daniel.legovich at csiro.au


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