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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Role 1: Urban/Academic representative
Role 2: IWK representative
Role 3: Rural/Family Practice - FILLED

One Person, One Record (OPOR) is Nova Scotia’s vision for a single integrated health record for every person in the province.  The Physician Lead will be a visible and active supporter of OPOR with responsibility for change management including clinician engagement and practice standardization to ensure quality of care across multiple information systems.

As a member of the OPOR physician leadership team (CMIO, 3 Physician Leads and Physician Support Lead), the physician lead will provide leadership for the following areas:

  • Clinical leadership for the “One Person One Record” program, procurement, readiness and implementation.
  • Clinical practice standardization for NSHA/IWK, including the management of clinical information
  • Education and support for physicians and other users of clinical information regarding the purposes and functions of the information systems to ensure the provision of high quality patient care
  • Coordination of knowledge-driven care and quality programs with technology solutions


Reporting to the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) is responsible transforming clinical care by working closely with the clinicians to automating health care services.  The Physician Lead, as a practicing physician who is both visionary and global in their thinking, will have the experience and ability to coach, mentor, persuade, and advise all care providers in the design and use of clinical information systems to provide high quality patient care. 

There are 3 physician leads identified as part of the OPOR Physician leadership team. These roles will ensure provincial representation based on Geography, Organization, and clinical specialty.

The Physician Lead acts as a member of OPOR Physician Leadership team and contributes to the provision of and supports strategic and operational leadership to corporate functions which envision, enable and support the ongoing development and delivery of high quality, provincially integrated health programs and services that are based on provincial standards of care, efficient, sustainable, safe and responsive to the needs of Nova Scotians.

• As a member of the OPOR Physician leadership team, supports OPOR Readiness and the physician components of the clinical practice standardization across the NSHA and IWK to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care using clinical systems and knowledge-driven care.
• Engages patient care providers with varying roles including physicians, inter-professional team members, ancillary department personnel, and health records professionals to contribute to the effective use of the clinical information system. 
• Assists to create clinical protocols, standardization and metrics of clinical documentation to facilitate successful adoption of clinical applications.
• Serves as a practicing physician leader who routinely uses clinical information systems for patient care who will:

  • promote the use of information technology in the clinical setting to improve safety, quality, patient and family satisfaction, efficiency in delivery of care, and integration with biomedical equipment;
  • identify needs and support the training of clinicians on the clinical systems;
  • demonstrate  and educate clinicians on the effective use of clinical systems to improve and positively affect patient care;
  • leverage clinical and health data to improve services and daily operations;  and, 
  • Identifies opportunities for ongoing systems improvement and changes needed to best realize the advantages of clinical automation.

The OPOR physician lead will spend ~25% of their time working closely with the OPOR project team, IWK, NSHA and Government of NS on the OPOR program and act as a member of the OPOR Clinical Practice Advisory or OPOR Physician Advisory Committee.  This role is responsible for:

  • participating in the development of the clinical engagement strategy that encompasses patient care providers with varying roles including physicians, nursing practitioners, interprofessional team, ancillary department personnel, and health records professionals;
  • providing clinical input during readiness, contract development and implementation;
  • providing advice regarding clinician engagement, change management activities and communications;
  • Champion for all phases of the OPOR Program

 Work on the project will be ~one day per week/25%

• Licensed Physician with recent/active medical practice
• Minimum of three years’ experience as a health care practitioner in Nova Scotia
• Minimum of two years of leadership experience or actively participating in formal leadership development
• Strong knowledge of health care issues and experience working with patient care and physician leaders
• Experience in leading teams of staff with indirect accountabilities to other operational units
• Excellent verbal, written communication and influencing skills
• Experience using various health care information systems in Nova Scotia
• Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to multi-task to meet deadlines
• Interest in supporting clinical care in NS using technology

Compensation:   .25FTE contract

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