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Opportunity ID:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Requisition ID: 126261 

Opportunity Type: Temporary 

Estimated Annual Salary: 200,000 - 250,000 

Type of Remuneration: Other 


About the Opportunity

The Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) holds a senior leadership role within Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health. The CMIO is responsible for providing physician leadership as it relates to technology-facilitated care transformation within both organizations. Acting as a visible champion, the CMIO directs and oversees engagement of physicians across the four NSH zones and IWK, building awareness and opportunities for meaningful physician engagement in health informatics and technology innovation projects. This is a term position supporting a parental leave.

The CMIO serves as a member of the One Person One Experience leadership team. The OnePerson mission is to enable digitally-supported, patient-centered healthcare transformation in Nova Scotia. The OnePerson vision is that patients and providers have seamless access to the information and care processes they need, no matter where care is given or received.

A key element of this OnePerson work is the achievement of a single integrated Clinical Information System (CIS) for Nova Scotia, to support the broader goal of a single integrated health record for every person in the province. This CIS initiative was previously referred to as One Person One Record (OPOR). The CMIO is responsible for physician readiness for and participation in implementation of the provincial CIS, ensuring stabilization, optimization, and continued adoption of existing deployments by Nova Scotia physicians.

Mandate: Reporting to the NSH VP Medicine and IWK VP Medicine, Quality, and Safety; the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) is a practicing physician responsible for leading technology-supported care transformation across the province. The CMIO builds and nurtures key relationships with provincial stakeholders and represents NSH/IWK informational requirements and expectations to physicians. The CMIO chairs or participates in senior governance committees (PAC and CPAC) relevant to clinical informatics.  The CMIO meets regularly with IT and clinical operations personnel and participates in committees for strategy development, clinical systems deployment, operations, and support. Seeking to inform benefits realization and harm reduction related to CIS use, the CMIO collaborates with clinical business and NSH/IWK strategy leadership to provide direction for education, adoption, and optimization of clinical informatics province-wide.

Deadline to apply is January 31, 2022

Specific Accountabilities

  • Serve as active member of the NSH and IWK Senior Leadership Teams, including participation in the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC)
  • Co-lead all provincial clinical standardization (physician workflows, order sets, and documentation), along with the CNIO
  • Co-lead the OPOE program, along with the CIO and CNIO
  • Act as a visible champion for change within and for the physician community for CIS
  • Provide clinical leadership and subject matter expertise to all NSH and IWK teams related to their clinical informatics initiatives (IMIT, Research and Innovation, Performance and Analytics, Operations, etc)
  • Serve as active leader of the OPOE Physician Advisory Committee (PAC) and member of the Clinical Practice Advisory Committee (CPAC)
  • Serve as active participant at key OPOE standing committee meetings: steering, leadership, clinical standards, clinically focused, IMIT/OP Town Halls, OPOE updates, OPOE-Doctor NS standing, etc
  • Responsible for physician engagement across the province related to clinical informatics, the OnePerson program, and CIS implementation
  • Responsible for oversight of the OPOE Physician Leads roles, including supporting their work as CIS champions across the province

 Accountable for the development of physician-specific enablers of the CIS, including:

  • The physician engagement strategy for OPOE, aligning with IWK and NSHA physician strategies and supported by current IWK and NSHA physician leadership groups
  • The physician education strategy for OPOE
  • Implementing an integrated governance model for physician clinical content
  • Investigating MOC credits for OPOE working groups and education.
  • The physician remuneration strategy for OPOE in collaboration with IWK and NSHA physician services and DHW


  • Licensed Physician with active medical practice in Nova Scotia
  • Preference will be given to practicing physicians who actively participate in acute hospital-based care, including in care areas where computerized physician order entry (CPOE) will be implemented under the CIS
  • Strong interest in championing technology-supported care transformation
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and attitude
  • Comfort and willingness to present to physician peers on the importance of the Clinical Information System (CIS)
  • Experience using various health care information systems in Nova Scotia
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and influencing skills

In addition, the successful applicant will have the following key requirements, although a combination of experience may be considered:

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Sound understanding of technical issues and ability to explain them to peers and users
  • Commitment to the use of technology to improve and positively affect patient care
  • Keen understanding of the regulatory and risk management requirements for the CIS
  • Ability to listen to the voice of providers for their needs and recommendations
  • Ability to develop flexible, transferable models for pathways of care and order set management
  • Viewed as credible, visionary, and able to produce results

Preferred qualifications:

  • Significant understanding of pain points, capabilities, and deficiencies in the process
  • Possesses good grasp of clinical workflows across clinical environments
  • Previous experience in clinical outcomes, patient safety and quality management preferred
  • Previous experience in routine uses of clinical information systems for patient care preferred
  • Successful experience with implementation of healthcare applications preferred
  • Experience with innovation preferred
  • Training in health policy, informatics, or physician leadership preferred
  • Expertise in data analytics and population health preferred
  • Strong industry involvement and recognition preferred

Community Details

Halifax, the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia's capital city, sits in the center of Nova Scotia's east coast and is an important seaport that looks out over one of the world's largest natural harbors.

Halifax is a perfect paradox. We are where land meets sea, old meets new, urban meets rural, and traditional meets trendy. We balance a relaxing pace with modern urban amenities and affordability with world class-experiences. We value our strong historical ties but drive to shake up the norm. This perfect balance makes Halifax one of the best places in the world to visit, no matter what a visitor is looking for: see for yourself in this video!

Nature lovers will find sandy beaches, beautiful gardens, and hiking, birding, and beachcombing. Urbanites can enjoy the symphony, live theater, art galleries, and museums, along with a lively nightlife that includes brewpubs and a great culinary scene.

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine. 


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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Central Zone: Halifax, Eastern Shore, and Windsor-West Hants

From the modern yet historic city of Halifax, to the rugged and wild Eastern Shore, this region of Nova Scotia is a compelling study of contrasts. The largest city east of Montreal, Halifax is the cosmopolitan centre, bursting with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. But just a short drive (or bike ride) out of the city, the allure of nature envelopes you. Imagine dinner and the theatre at night, surfing and hiking the next morning.