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Health Informatics



Clinical practice continues to evolve with the advent of new technologies and the continued integration of technology into the daily care of patients. The data accumulated by technology can be used to better inform the delivery of care, develop new care pathways and overall, improve the health of our population. 

The provincial government has recognized this growing field as a required skill set to advance the health care system, to meet the increasing demand to integrate technology, and clinical workflows to provide the best care to the patient and enable those caring for patients. 

Program Modules, Dates and Instructors:

Dates: February 26 & March 5, 2022 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Instructors: Dr. Deborah Dayus & Kim Ramirez

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of health/clinical informatics in Ontario healthcare delivery.
  • Describe the healthcare system in Canada and Ontario, related organizations, service models and key factors affecting healthcare.
  • Identify opportunities and strategies for influencing the future direction of informatics locally, nationally and internationally as it pertains to consumers, inter-professional practice and the roles and responsibilities of all involved.
  • Plan and facilitate effective meetings with teams and individuals.
  • Describe basic project management principles including project charter, scope, lifecycle, budgets, resourcing, timelines, milestones, monitoring, status reports. 
  • Apply effective project management and communication principles and strategies for successful implementation of new processes. 

Dates: March 19 & 26, 2022 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor: Dustin Reeves

  • Communicate/demonstrate basic understanding of computer networks.
  • Communicate/demonstrate basic understanding of cybersecurity.
  • Communicate basic understanding of electronic health records (EHR).
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of Excel (tables, graphs, pivot tables, dashboards).

Dates: April 9 & 23, 2022 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor: Lesley Janisse

  • Identify and define data types, codes, classifications
  • Explain the need for standards and describe the general pattern for developing standands
  • Become familiar with and utilize basic medical terminology
  • Determine data requirements for various stakeholders
  • Acquire quality, valid and relevant sources of data

Dates: May 7 & 14, 2022 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Instructors: Dustin Reeves and Dr. Saeed Samet

  • Communicate/demonstrate understanding of data visualization techniques, result reporting and provide recommendations. 

  • Communicate a basic understanding of health data analytics. 

  • Evaluate data for quality for healthcare delivery and systems management standards  

Dates: May 28 & June 4, 2022 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor: Adam Paglione

  • Understand privacy and security requirements related to legal and professional standards in the management of health care information (and Digital Health Canada). 

  • Identify quality assurance and risk mitigation methods for patient safety. 

Dates: June 18 & 25, 2022 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Instructors: Kim Ramirez and Dr. Deborah Dayus

  • Utilize effective training techniques to support clinicians in the use of electronic records
  • Group presentations and final evaluation




This program meets the meticulous standards for curriculum quality and value as established by Digital Health Canada and qualifies successful participants for 72 Continuing Education hours to be used towards Certified Professional in Health Care Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS-CA) certification renewal. 

When: February 26 to June 25 | 9:00am - 4pm EST. Please refer to individual module for exact dates.

Duration: 72 hrs over the course of 5 months - two Saturdays per module, one week off in between each module.

Discounts: UWindsor Alumni, Staff and Students are eligible for enrolment discounts - email us for more information

Prerequisites: It will be expected that learners in this program will have:

  • Basic computer skills or course completion in fundamental computer applications such Word

  • Experience working with word processing, email and web browsing

  • Knowledge in statistics and mathematical literacy equivalent to grade 12

  • Post-secondary education in a health-related or business field is strongly recommended

  • English language proficiency

Deborah Dayus

Deborah Dayus, RN, BA, BScN, MSc (Nursing), PhD, recently retired from the Faculty of Nursing after 38 years of teaching where she taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She was the Faculty of Nursing lead for the Evolve project in Windsor/Essex. She was also the nursing lead in the development of this informatics course, collaboratively with continuing education, and computer science to meet the needs of our health care system as it embarks on digitizing communications. She has developed an online testing program of ‘Math for Medication Administration’ through Digitaled and an online evaluation tool for students, both of which are utilized by the over 1000 undergraduate students in Nursing who work in a variety of health care settings across Windsor/Essex, Leamington, Chatham, and Lambton counties. She continues to work with graduate students and serves as a faculty mentor to new faculty at the University of Windsor. She is also the Chair of the Victorian Order of Nursing Endowment Board and the administrator of Building Blocks for Better Babies in our community of Windsor/Essex, supported by a grant from the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program. When she is not busy, she enjoys golfing, curling, sailing, traveling and of course…her grandchildren! 

Lesley Janisse

Lesley Janisse is a 4th generation registered nurse and respiratory therapist with over 28 years of health care experience went from the bedside to informatics hoping to transform healthcare from a new angle. Having had the opportunity to work with over 18 different health care systems and organizations Lesley has been able to work in every aspect of a Health Information System (HIS) implementation from the design and build, training, implementation as well as supporting the system post go-live. Although no longer practicing at the bedside it has been imperative to ensure we include best practice as well as provincial standards, guidelines and practices. Currently working at Community Health System (CHS) as a senior application specialist for the Solution Design and Architecture (SDA) team. Previously her role at the Hotel Dieu Grace healthcare (HDGH) as the Clinical Transformation Site Lead was part of the Regional HIS Cerner implementation team supporting HDGH’s organizational transformation and this project will touch almost every staff member in some way. The goal is to help align our organization with the best practices using Cerner EHR. In her role at CHS she is responsible for supporting 109 hospitals that are part of the CHS’s health care system working in concert with other clinicians and business partners specifically w/diagnostic imaging solutions, surgical services, and therapies. When she is not working you can find her sitting in the stands cheering on her three children, playing with their two dogs or quietly enjoying time with her husband.

Adam Paglione

Adam Paglione graduated with Honours from the University of Windsor in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Sociology and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor in 2009. He articled at Sutts, Strosberg LLP in Windsor, Ontario in 2010 and was called the Ontario Bar in June of 2010. Adam practiced law in the areas of Insurance Defence, Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation and Wills & Estates until May of 2016 when he joined Windsor Regional Hospital. He is currently the Director of Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Health Information Management and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) for Windsor Regional Hospital.  Adam has developed an expertise in Privacy Law, Health Law, Health Information Systems and Enterprise Risk Management. Adam has a wonderful spouse and is father to two beautiful twin girls. If he's not enjoying his family life or working, you can find him on the golf course.

Kim Ramirez

Kim Ramirez is currently the IM Manager, Clinical Systems, PM Advisor, e-VOLVE, of TransForm Shared Service Organization.  She was the Clinical Informatics Manager for 4 years at Acute Care Hospital and an Information Specialist for 12 years at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital.  She graduated from Fanshawe College as a Registered Nurse, Wilfrid Laurier General Degree in Earth Science and McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education Associate’s degree in Health Informatics.

Dustin Reeves

Dustin Reeves, RN, BScN, MSHI is a Clinical Informatics Specialist for Transform Shared Service Organization (TSSO). I was hired by TSSO in February 2019 to work on the e-VOLVE project, a regionalized instance of the Cerner Millennium Electronic Health Record (EHR). I completed my Master of Science in Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a sub-specialization in data science, my undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduated 2011 from the University of Windsor. From 2011-2019 I worked as a registered nurse in the areas of critical care and surgery (perioperative). Hospitals I have worked at include: LHSC University Hospital, WRH Metropolitan Campus, Henry Ford Hospital Main Campus, University of California San Diego Medical Center, Scripps Mercy San Diego, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Henry Ford Hospital Macomb Campus, Cedars Sinai Los Angeles and Mott’s Children’s Hospital University of Michigan. I have been working a multitude of Electronic Health Records since my first day of nursing.

Saeed Samet

Dr. Samet is a faculty member at the School of Computer Science, University of Windsor, and an adjunct professor at the e-Health Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, where he was an assistant professor from 2012 to 2017.His research interests and activities are in privacy-preserving and security aspects of various applications, especially in health sector, health informatics, Big Data privacy, and Blockchain.Prior to that, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the e-Health Information Laboratory at the Children Hospital of EasternOntario Research Institute from 2010 to 2012. During his post-doc fellowship, he designed and developed several secure protocols for various health applications. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa in 2010 and his thesis title was "Privacy-Preserving Data Mining", in which he proposed and designed protocols on privacy-preserving methods for standard data mining and machine learning techniques.                                               

About OSAP 2021-22 Micro-credentials Application

  • This program is eligible for the OSAP 2021-22 Micro-credential application (OSAPMC).
  • Participants must be registered into the program prior to applying for OSAPMC.
  • Participants are obligated to pay their fees in full, or decide to withdraw at least one week prior to the course start date should they not receive OSAPMC.
  • Register for this program accordingly to allow ample time for your application to be processed. It takes approximately 10-15 business days for the OSAPMC application to be processed.

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