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Lydia  Lee - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CANADA

Lydia Lee Lydia  Lee

Senior VP & CIO | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Focusing on clinical integration, performance improvement, patient safety and health system redesign





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Lydia Lee is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for University Health Network (UHN), a leading multi-site teaching hospital in Toronto specializing in acute care, rehab care, complex continuing care and long-term care. In this role, Lydia provides strategic leadership in the areas of information management, information technology, privacy, medical engineering and human factors engineering support services. Lydia has been at UHN for more than ten years serving in several different leadership roles focusing on clinical integration, performance improvement, patient safety and health system redesign.

In addition to her UHN responsibilities, Lydia is the Integrated Chief Information Officer for the Shared Information Management Services (SIMS) Partnership – a collaboration of health care provider organizations that span the continuum of care in Toronto. These organizations work together to transform health care delivery by leveraging information management and technology.

Lydia is formerly the Past President of the Board of Directors of COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association, a national association dedicated to developing and promoting health informatics professionals and leadership within the Canadian health system.

Previously, Lydia has held numerous positions in healthcare administration and consulting, focusing on strategic alliances, integrated health system planning, large-scale project management and evidence-based health care. Lydia received her B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and her M.B.A. in Finance and Management from the University of Texas.

Industry Expertise (5)

Health and Wellness Health Care - Services Health Care - Providers Health Care - Facilities Information Technology and Services

Areas of Expertise (13)

Healthcare Information Technology Informatics EHR Ehealth Strategic Planning Healthcare Management Strategic Partnerships Program Management Business Analysis Process Improvement Change Management Data Analysis Healthcare Consulting

Education (2)

The University of Texas at Austin: MBA, Finance and Organization Behaviour 1992

Northwestern University: B.A., Economics 1987

Affiliations (2)

  • Shared Information Management Services Partnership (SIMS) : Integrated Chief Information Officer
  • COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association: Past President of the Board of Directors

Media Appearances (5)

Will advanced IT be the saviour of Ontario hospitals?

Dialogue  online


Lydia Lee, Chief Information Officer at Toronto’s University Health Network said “if we expect everyone to be their own analytics shop, we could be in trouble.” The question is, when hospitals start generating useful analytic data from their patient files, what happens to it?

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Excellence in Canadian Telehealth

COACH  online


UHN was an early adopter of telepathology - the provision of pathology diagnosis over distance to allow pathologists in one location to review diagnostic material originating from another site. The UHN-Timmins project is the Pathology Innovation Centre for Excellence flagship project and UHN clinical trial to assess the use of the OmnyxTM Integrated Digital Pathology System for whole-slide imaging pathology...

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The Future of Healthcare: 10 Questions With Lydia Lee

University Health Network  online


Lydia Lee, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, talks about where technology is going in the health care sectors...

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University Health Network VP & CIO Lydia Lee Leeds COACH Board

Longwoods  online


Canada’s Health Informatics Association is pleased to announce its 2010-2011 Board of Directors, led by President and Board Chair Lydia Lee, VP & Chief Information Officer (CIO), University Health Network, and Integrated CIO, Shared Information Management Services (pictured). 

“This is a terrific Board, representing a good balance of different health informatics (HI) disciplines from across the country,” said Lydia...

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Hospitals are seeking to improve their EMRAM scores with new clinical systems

Canadian Healthcare Technology  print


2015 could be a breakthrough year in Canada as a handful of hospitals prepare to be the first in the country to reach Stage 7 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), a benchmarking scale. The EMRAM is an eight-step process designed to help acute-care healthcare organizations track their progress as they move forward with electronic medical record strategies. University Health Network is building its EMR adoption strategy around patient outcomes. To replace a system is expensive, says Lydia Lee, senior Vice-President and CIO at UHN, and that has been one of the major hurdles. (Pages 18-19)

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