Dr. Chris Simpson

Dr. Chris Simpson, former Chief Medical Information Officer at Novari Health, and former President of the Canadian Medical Association presented at Breakfast with the Chiefs on September 25, 2019 in Toronto.

Dr. Simpson’s presentation focused on “Ontario’s Access to Care Challenges from My Side of the Gurney and Computer”. By international standards, Canada performs poorly in all areas of access to care. Whether it is access to primary, specialist, mental health, surgical, ALC, palliative or home care, we systematically under perform. As a clinician Dr. Simpson sees the effects of this on his patients every day.  As the former chief medical information officer for a technology vendor, he sees how modern technology can help improve wait times and access to care across the care continuum.

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About Dr. Chris Simpson:

Dr. Chris Simpson is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Queen’s University as well as Vice-Dean (Clinical) of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medical Director of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO). He is a member of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies Health Policy Council.

Dr. Simpson’s primary non-clinical professional interest is health policy – particularly access to care, seniors’ care, wait times and medical fitness to drive.  He served as the chair of the Wait Time Alliance (WTA) and is a past chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s (CCS) Standing Committee on Health Policy and Advocacy.  He has served on the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario (CorHealth) Board of Directors, is a past member of the CCS executive and a former governor of the American College of Cardiology. He currently serves as the Chair of Health Quality Ontario’s Quality Standards Committee.

He is the former CMIO for Novari Health.  In 2015, Dr. Simpson was elected to fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and currently serves on their Board of Directors.