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As this list serves as a forum to communicate among our organizations, we are instituting the leadership question of the month. Each month a new question related to leadership and technology direction will be posed. While members of the list will see responses as they post, we also plan to compile them into a summary and distribute that summary to the list.

Our inaugural leadership question relates to collaboration within your university:

How do you work with other Health Science organizations at your institution and what successful models for collaboration have you developed?

We welcome your responses and look forward to any suggestions you have for future questions of the month.

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How do you work with other Health Science organizations at your institution and what successful models for collaboration have you developed?


At UBC, we’ve started to form a ‘Shared Services’ model to allow Health Professions education programs to leverage technology services that have been developed within individual programs. The model allows for leveraging and expanding established services without having to recreate them from scratch. For instance, our Pharmacy program leveraging the video conference services that were initially set up to support our MD programs. As a convenient by-product, academic leaders within those programs are finding increased opportunity to integrate inter-professional education within their given programs.








Dave Lampron
Director, Technology Enabled Learning

MedIT | Faculty of Medicine | University of British Columbia
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Mail: 317 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z3

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At IU we are integrated in several areas and independent in others. All of the Health Sciences schools are independent entities (no integrated Health Sciences organization) and operate their own technology support units. However, we recently merged the IS units of the medical school and dental schools and we now support both schools as a single IS team.


We are planning to develop regular meetings of the Health Sciences community throughout IU which will include the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (all 3 already supported by my IS team), Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, and the Student Health Centers on the two main campuses.


IU also has an excellent set of university resources that we leverage as much as possible (network, server environment, high-performance computing, research technologies, messaging, etc.). My appointment includes a seat on the university CIO’s cabinet where I represent the interests of the Health Sciences community. The medical school’s Chief Information Security Officer also serves as the university’s Chief HIPAA Security Officer.





Vincent J Sheehan

Chief Information Officer and

Associate Dean for Information Technology

Indiana University School of Medicine

Indiana University School of Dentistry

541 Clinical Dr. Rm 583

Indianapolis, IN 46202

(317) 278-8751





Each clinical department in the UW med school has their own tech support group, but we share a networking team that handles all our switches, fiber runs, network closets, etc.  The clinical department IT groups have monthly meetings to discuss issues of support, security and networking and get updates from the central UW campus IT department.  We try and leverage as many centralized resources from UW campus as possible, including network monitoring, endpoint management and cloud-based data storage for our users.


Interestingly, UW Hospital just hired a new CIO who is not only in charge of UW Hospital IT, but UW Medical Foundation IT and UW med school IT as well.  I expect this to break down many of the barriers and “silos” that exist and lead to more cross-departmental integration of infrastructure and services between the hospital, med foundation and med school.







Andy Craven, MBA
IT Supervisor
Department of Radiology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

School of Medicine and Public Health
F6/178 Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-3252

Phone: (608) 212-7778






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