Irina McLaren

Irina McLaren developed a keen interest in supporting health IT initiatives and clinical applications through her work experience in the field of veterinary medicine. In this industry, she gained over 8 years of end-user experience working with a variety of electronic health record systems and mobile health applications. Equipped with a comprehensive understanding of Canadian health system challenges, and a critical awareness of the need for health innovation and leadership in Canadian healthcare, Irina invested in a 16 month accelerated graduate program to further develop her skills in the field of health information technology. Here, Irina collaborated with the Clinical Information System (CIS) team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to support over 3,000 staff in adopting a fully-integrated mental health EHR, Canada’s largest implementation to date. Throughout her graduate career, Irina has pursued the opportunity to work on a variety of health informatics based projects. Through her coursework she gained experience in translating knowledge through strategic and best-practice methods. Using this expertise, she addresses complex challenges within the e-Health community. Currently, Irina works at the Ontario Renal Network (ORN), leading projects designed to develop quality improvement strategies and foster implementation of kidney transplant initiatives across the province. She is also actively involved in the Life Sciences Ontario community helping mentor emerging health IT professionals.

Irina McLaren graduated with a Master of Health Informatics (MHI) Degree from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

About Health Informatics

My health informatics background allows me to facilitate and drive change across complex, multi-dimensional health care systems including clinical, technological, organizational and political systems. Throughout my graduate course work I have developed expertise in the following knowledge domains; health systems, health informatics processes, information and communication Technology (ICT), and research.

I specialize in the following areas:

Health Systems

  • Patient-centered care
  • Biomedical and clinical processes
  • Knowledge of the Canadian healthcare system

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Information systems
  • Information communication technology theory, systems and applications
  • Information management

HI Processes

  • Systems analysis and integration
  • Innovation in eHealth, system design and evaluation
  • Management and organizational systems
    • Business/management communication, ethics, health management, leadership, management issues in eHealth, organizational behaviour, performance measurement, social responsibility, and teamwork

  • Knowledge management systems, knowledge translation in eHealth
  • Human factors and user-centred design evaluation
  • Project management and change management
  • HI systems, applications and tools (eHealth, EHR, mHealth, etc.)