CATA Announces New Mobile Health Advisory Board Member: Jim Forbes, Sr. Director and Chief Technology Officer, Shared Information Management Services, University Health Network
July 30, 2014

Ottawa, ON, July 31, 2014…CATAAlliance announced today the addition of Jim Forbes, Sr. Director and Chief Technology Officer, Shared Information Management Services, University Health Network (see bio, below) to its Mobile Health Advisory Board.

“Mr. Forbes is recognized for his valued contributions to healthcare transformation,” said John Reid, President & CEO of CATAAlliance. “Jim is known as an advocate for interoperability and standards, which are both vitally important to the widespread adoption of mHealth solutions”, Reid added.

“I am delighted to join a group that is devoted to driving mHealth adoption and I hope to be able to share by experiences with standards and interoperability to help mHealth reach its full potential in Canada,” said Jim Forbes.

The Mobile Health Advisory Board brings together stakeholders who strongly believe that the greater adoption of mobile technology would significantly enhance the quality of health care services delivered to Canadian citizens as well as drive cost efficiencies throughout the healthcare system.

Bio – Jim Forbes

Jim has been with University Health Network for nearly two decades in total and has been Chief Technology Officer at SIMS for more than seven years. In his role as CTO Jim manages a budget of approximately $38M operating and 400 staff.  His portfolio provides support to many of the enterprise clinical applications and technology infrastructure including Network, Data centre, Access devices, Service Desk, Telecommunications, Systems Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, as well as Health Records, Transcription, Switchboard and Project Management.

Jim has made several major contributions to Healthcare transformation:  He was responsible for developing the ‘SIMS sets SAIL’ strategy in 2008.  This strategy has since been rebranded and is now known as connecting Greater Toronto Area (cGTA). This project will deliver an interoperability layer for healthcare and establish an Ontario wide EHR serving approximately 13M patients.  The initial cGTA implementation will connect 6.75M patients with approximately 20,000 clinicians across 20 Health Service Organization (HSO).  The technology platform will also help with the integration of applications and technologies using a standards based approach and reduce the otherwise significant cost of rebuilding software/technology interfaces to each Health Service Organization and the overall time needed for deployment.   Jim has been working with his peers to develop and build a private community cloud strategy for healthcare that enables Health Service Organizations, patients and clinicians to better meet their mobile information management requirements and to reshape the way health services are provided.

A strong advocate for interoperability and standards, Jim served as a member of the HL7 Canada Board of Directors and HL7 Canada Standards Council.  He currently sits on the eHealth Ontario Standards Committee and greatly enjoys collaborating via working groups and sharing his knowledge and expertise with others in the healthcare industry.

++ Call to Action: If you have an interest in engaging with us to help advance Canada's healthcare agenda, then please contact David Farnes, Mobile Health Lead at dfarnes@cata.ca, and then add your voice to CATA's moderated Canadian Mobile Health Care Forum at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Canadian-Mobile-Health-Care-ICT-4864469/about