Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Vancouver, Canada – Gevity Consulting Inc. is pleased to announce that Joanne Templeton, Senior Managing Partner, Canada East Division; and Dr. Margaret Kennedy, Managing Partner, Clinical Informatics Practice, have been named as two of 10 women selected as Digital Health Canada’s 2018 Women Leaders in Digital Health.

Joanne Templeton

Joanne,who opened Gevity’s Ontario Branch in 2010, has more than 30 years of information management and technology experience. Now senior managing partner for all of eastern Canada, Joanne is an industry leader who provides consulting services on many Gevity engagements. 

Joanne’s healthcare experience is extensive and varied. During the SARS outbreak in 2003, she liaised with Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, leading an ad hoc technical team to develop tools to help manage the outbreak and support healthcare workers who were coping with the crisis. In January 2017, Gevity partnered with IBM Canada to configure and deploy all modules of the Panorama Public Health application in Nova Scotiaover 23 months. Joanne has taken a leadership role in this initiative to successfully deploy the Inventory Management and Immunization modules of Panorama, delivering three go-lives within an 18-month period, leading a large multi-disciplinary project team, and managing client and vendor expectations. Her ability to effectively manage the hurdles that come with complex system implementations has made her an integral and trusted part of project leadership.

“it’s an honour to be recognized by Digital Health Canada and to share this spotlight with so many other talented, driven and successful Canadian healthcare IT leaders,” says Joanne.

Dr. Margaret Kennedy

As Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Gevity, Dr. Kennedy serves as a Clinical Change Manager and a Senior Advisor in large, complex, politically charged, transformation projects involving interprofessional stakeholders across Canada and internationally. She leads the design of large stakeholder engagements, environmental scans and literature reviews to support deep analysis of healthcare. Dr. Kennedy has provided senior clinical research leadership to the World Health Organization on eHealth and health transformation in the Western Pacific Region and is currently providing senior level change management expertise to the Tonga Ministry of Health on an initiative that will improve the quality and access of data to support timely decision-making, reduce the administrative burden on healthcare, and improve the health outcomes of the people of Tonga. 

She also recently completed a five-year strategic plan for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. This involved detailing a new vision of health services and innovation in care delivery for children, including mapping the client journey and facilitating activities to support the hospital’s upcoming MEDITECH upgrade.

“Healthcare informatics is an exciting domain that offers tremendous opportunity to contribute to meaningful transformation across the healthcare system,” says Margaret. “This is uniquely true for nurses and other clinical professionals, who bring invaluable expertise to collaborative practice and digital initiatives. It is a privilege to be considered among these outstanding innovators and women leaders for 2018. Thank you to Digital Health Canada for this honour.”