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Health Care & IT Governance Series

An Introduction to Building an IT Governance Strategy: The Legal Challenges

This new and exciting series of sessions are an introduction to the legal challenges to building an IT governance strategy. The sessions focus on strategies for value-added programs such as Mobile Devices, eServices and the Cloud, Open Data (aligning IP rights when contracting IT solutions), and IT Procurement. These sessions work to bring together an overall IT strategy for health organizations.

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Developing & Managing a Mobile Device Strategy
eServices & the Cloud
Software & Data Licensing - Aligning Intellectual Property Rights with an Open Data Strategy
Implementing an IT Procurement Strategy

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Developing & Managing a Mobile Device Strategy
Today's workplace environment reflects IT consumerization through widespread proliferation of consumer mobile devices that include an array of smartphones, tablets, and netbooks. However, a host of enterprises still lack strategies regarding mobile device management (MDM) and, in particular, strategies that are coupled with a formalized and well-articulated set of mobile use policies. This represents a combining of personal and business technology in the workplace on a single device that is of growing concern to corporate IT departments. As such, it reflects a changing dynamic that challenges those who are responsible for the particular technology being used by employees to do their jobs. This challenge applies to both institutionally-provided and employee-owned devices. It is crucial for IT departments to comprehend the nature and power of the smartphone and tablet devices that are connecting to their networks. They must ensure that access to their networks is not only convenient and secure, but also authorized.

This session will provide insights on risk assessment, management and containment and strategy related to developing and implementing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy.

eServices & the Cloud
Cloud-based solutions are gaining momentum and acceptance for personal, business and some government use. We're starting to hear a lot these days about the cloud and we need ask ourselves what role it will have in delivering healthcare-related IT services. While there may be resistance to adopting the cloud into health care, it is clearly here to stay. This session will identify some of the barriers to cloud adoption while also addressing legal safeguards that need to be considered in contracting with cloud providers.

This session will identify a variety of the cloud computing contracting issues, including institutional compliance with applicable privacy legislation, access and performance, risk management and cyber insurance, winding down or renewing the relationship at end of term, and backup and disaster recovery.

Software & Data Licensing - Aligning Intellectual Property Rights with an Open Data Strategy
Open data portals are appearing rapidly on a host of Canadian public sector websites. This is driven by a cohesive Canada-wide collaboration of municipalities, hospitals, and universities, the provincial and federal governments, and stakeholder agencies. These agencies have the goal to provide access to data, managed by government, so that it can be leveraged by citizens, businesses, and communities for their own purposes, while preserving the privacy and personal Information of Individuals. Open healthcare records, hospital billings, service delivery analyses and pharma apps are but a sampling of the potential of open data deliverables. But, what does this all mean within a legal framework? What will be the terms of use (licensing); who owns the data sets and how do healthcare providers address risk in a sharing environment?

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of those intellectual property rights of which IT leaders must be mindful and comply with when contracting for IT solutions. While also providing insights into the “open” movement, the session will identify opportunities for collaboration, innovation, community engagement, public/private alliances, and economic development. Parallels will be drawn between commercial licensing and open data licensing while also identifying responsibilities for compliance with privacy laws.

Implementing an IT Procurement Strategy
Purchasing technology systems and applications typically requires a formalized and structured approach. In the public sector, technology procurement typically occurs through a Request for Proposal (RFP) or similar process in which the acquiring organization articulates the challenges that need to be addressed and invites IT vendors (often pre-selected through circulation of a prior Request for Information (RFI) to submit proposals. Proposals typically articulate the fashion in which a supplier organization and associated product offerings (and sometimes partners) will provide the necessary solutions. Classical approaches to procurement may not be adequate to address today’s challenges and alternative frameworks for procurement may be worthy of consideration. In structuring documents for IT procurement, it is important to keep key principles in mind.

This session will address concerns relating to healthcare IT procurement that, when properly considered and applied, would contribute to a “best practices” model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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