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ESRI Canada supports innovative health informatics research

Sault Ste. Marie, ON –A major step toward expanding health informatics research has been taken with the announcement of over $1M to Algoma University for a health informatics research chair position. Funding for this initiative comes from an ESRI Canada contribution of $333,333 alongside a grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation of $684,200.

The health informatics research chair is expected to facilitate significant local, national and international research and collaboration in health informatics (HI). He or she will build a HI research program based on the community’s strengths, pursue an active research program and teach one to two courses per year. The HI research chair will undertake fundamental and applied research that enables health system innovation as well as improved and more efficient patient-centered care. The research program will engage local expertise in the applications of geospatial technologies and health system management.

“We are very pleased to support this new chair in health informatics and in particular, the application of geospatial technologies to health information systems,” said Alex Miller, President, ESRI Canada. “Geospatial technologies have already dramatically improved efficiencies in natural resource industries, governments at all levels, utilities and businesses. We believe this leading edge technology will bring even more benefit to the healthcare sector and help improve the health of all Canadians while reducing cost to government.”

It is anticipated that recruitment for the health informatics research chair will begin soon and hiring will take place in the first or second quarter of 2009.