NSPE chapter education day 2023 – Halifax

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NSPE chapter education day 2023 – Halifax

May 12, 2023 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm


Join us for a virtual NSPE chapter education day on Friday, May 12, 2023. We encourage members to get together post-event and will share additional details later.

Sponsored by Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), H.I.M ON CALL, and MED2020

You can look forward to:

  • Meeting health information professionals, CHIMA volunteers, team members, and board members
  • Participating in networking activities and education sessions on topics that matter to CHIMA’s NSPE chapter

CHIMA professional members can earn 6 CPE credits with the Canadian College of Health Information Management for attending.

Deadline to purchase tickets: May 11, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. AT


$25 – $49 $49 public | $25 CHIMA members *Plus applicable taxes

*note, if you bought tickets at a different price we will contact you directly.

An NSPE chapter volunteer working group is currently filling the agenda with education sessions and networking activities that matter to our members. Details will follow in the coming weeks.

Time (AT)Type
9:15 am – 10:00 amHealth Informatics – One Person, One Record

The OPOR program is a digital health transformation project that will improve healthcare and health outcomes for Nova Scotia. The implementation of a modern, single clinical information system will automate manual and paper processes, standardize clinical workflow, and will provide patients and providers seamless access to health information, when they need it, where they need it.

Heather LeBlanc, CHIM
Clinical Informatics Lead, One Person One Record Program
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Heather is a clinical informatics lead with the One Person, One Record program. She is a certified HIM professional with 24 years’ experience in health information and health informatics. She began her career in Health Information Services (HIS) as an admitting clerk. In 2006, she joined the Nova Scotia Health Information Systems (NShIS) project, implementing an electronic patient scheduling solution in several Nova Scotia hospitals. From there she transitioned to the role of HIS supervisor at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, NS. In 2009, she made the shift to health informatics as an application specialist with Health Information Technology Services of Nova Scotia (HITSNS), and then in 2015 she transitioned to a team lead position in IM/IT in the person identity and encounter management portfolio.
Heather lives in rural Cape Breton where she enjoys beautiful scenery and spending time with her extended family.
10:15 am – 11:00 amPrivacy & Conf – who, what, where, why, and how

Join Karen Hornberger, Angela Currie, and Katie Smith, three Privacy leaders at Nova Scotia Health as they answer all your questions about “a day in the life” of a Privacy Professional and what it takes to build a successful Privacy career.

Karen Hornberger
Privacy Team
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Karen has a 21 year career in healthcare. She has been the Director of Privacy for Nova Scotia Health since December 2018. Prior to that Karen was the Central Zone Privacy Officer for NS Health. Prior to her career in privacy Karen was worked in leadership roles in patient access and healthcare information technology. Karen’s passion for healthcare began with her first job as a registration representative in Bangor, Maine and only grew through her role working on the implementation of a new electronic medical record system. Outside of work Karen’s enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and cooking.
11:15 am – 12:00 pmData Integrity when it Matters Most

An account of the creation, development, and legacy of the Data Integrity Unit. An important partnership between Nova Scotia Health and Department of Health & Wellness for a Public Health Pandemic.

Julie Johnson RN, MN, BSc, DHSA, CPHIMS-CA
Team Lead
Nova Scotia Health

Julie Johnson is a seasoned health professional with over 18 years experience as a Registered Nurse and eight years in Information Management & Technology. As a Team Lead in Clinical Applications, she provides guidance to staff who directly support the maintenance and development of data systems and solutions throughout Nova Scotia Health hospitals and Public Health services. She helps clients and staff navigate the processes underpinning the projects and operational requirements of these digital solutions. During these exciting and albeit challenging times of digital growth and change, Julie takes an affiliative approach to leadership by putting people first. She believes that connectedness is at the heart of health care.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmBreak for lunch
1:00 pm – 1:45 pmHIM Career reflection

Getting outside your comfort zone – Coming full circle in my career

Narrative on her own educational and career journey, this session will highlight Crystal’s experiences with anxiety and uncertainty and how they ultimately lead to strengthened leadership and interview skills.

Crystal Hirtle, BSc, CHIM
Nova Scotia Community College

A tale of two countries: My career journey and the future of HIM

This presentation will focus on the importance of knowledge-sharing across health systems to tackle common problems and highlight the valuable contribution that immigrants bring to Atlantic Canada. Claire will also highlight the talent she sees in her current students and why she truly believes that exciting times are ahead as the program continues to attract highly motivated and diverse students who are the HIMs of tomorrow.

Claire Murdock
Nova Scotia Community College

Crystal Hirtle completed her diploma in HIM in 2015. Once certified, she went on to work as a coder, ROI specialist. In 2018 she became a trauma registry informatics specialist. While working with the trauma registry she worked toward completing her bachelor’s of science degree online. In 2021 Crystal came full circle in her career by taking a position as a faculty instructor at the very school she completed her HIM program. She is passionate about education and positive change. She has special interest in EHR’s as she has worked with a wide variety of disparate systems and knows the benefits to having an interoperable system. Since becoming an instructor, Crystal has developed a new passion and interest in learner diversity and navigating change management with respect to diverse teams. She loves to think outside the box as this is how she has been able to grow as an individual and professional.

Claire Mudock hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and have worked in healthcare for almost 20 years. The majority of this was in primary care, working in multiple administrative roles for NHS Scotland, including 10 years as a Data and Clinical Software Manager and 4 years in the private health sector. Following my move to Nova Scotia with her young family. She completed the HIM program at NSCC and was lucky to spend 3 years working in IWK Health in Health Records and Release of Information. Her career has spanned a period of considerable change in the format of records, attitudes to their management, technological advancements, cultural and social change and the realisation of the power of data. Claire has experienced a range of systems, regulatory and political approaches to healthcare in both Scotland and Canada. She is always surprised to see how these countries share so many ideals, population demographics and spread, disease burden, cultural diversity and challenges, yet deviate in a multitude of ways in their creative solutions.
2:00 pm – 2:45 pmAbout RCP, why the data you collect is so integral to our success

A brief overview of the Reproductive Care Program/Atlee database. Understanding how important data collection is to provide better clinical care results in better outcomes for moms and babies.

Irene Gagnon, BA, CHIM
Health Information Coordinator
Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia

Irene has worked with the Reproductive Care Program since 1999 and prior to that, she worked as a Coding Classification Specialist at the IWK
3:00 pm – 3:45 pmCurrent focuses at NSH & value of own overall education

Eileen MacGibbon, VPO, NSH

Eileen is a skilled and results-driven health care executive with over 25 ears of progressive leadership experience in tertiary/acute care and community care settings. She has a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and is a graduate of the Halifax Infirmary School of Health Record Science Health Information Management program. Eileen has held progressive leadership positions with Horizon Health Network in New Brunswick, including leading the Transition Team that supported the Regional Health Authority when it was first formed. Her most recent role was Vice President. Clinical Services. Eileen brings strong clinical operational knowledge and provides both a strategic and operational focus on improvements in outcomes and the pursuit of excellence. She is a recognized leader who has consistently fostered effective partnerships and healthy work environments through collaboration and teamwork in a performance-driven culture
4:00 pm – 4:45 pmRelationship between privacy & records management

Privacy and RIM share common principles that can be leveraged to add value to a health care system. This session will explore that relationship and one example of this partnership in an org structure.

Jeanne Macdougall, BA
Director, Privacy and Information Management
Health PEI

Jeanne has been with Health PEI (and its predecessor organization) for 17 years and has previously held positions in legislative research, quality and risk management and program development. She has been in her current role as Director of Privacy and Information Management for just under 8 years. In that time, Jeanne is most proud of having successfully advocated for increased privacy and RIM resources to support the growing and evolving health care system serving Prince Edward Island.

Our sponsors

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Thank you’s

This event is happening with the help of:

Roberta Green, Community Facilitator, NSPE Chapter, CHIMA
Leanne Mutch, PEI
Rebecca Phillips, NS
Lynn James, NS
Naomi Buchanan, NS
Raven Wilson, NS
Karen Ssebazza, NS
Emma Brown, NS
Krissy Lefave, NS