After a blistering report of Island Health’s management of the IHealth project at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, two mediators have been appointed to handle the electronic system.
Provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Jane Morley and Jean Greatbatch will address the Ernst and Young report’s recommendations to develop the groundwork to move the system forward.
Morley is a lawyer and mediator the health ministry says is a leader in organizational and social change.
Greatbatch has dealt with more than 300 workplace interventions and has experience managing conflict within healthcare organizations.
Dix announced January 12 control of the IHealth system would be taken away from Island Health and expansion of the project on Vancouver Island would be put on hold until the system is stabilized.
Nine recommendations came from the report moving forward with the IHealth system including a full review of safety concerns and having the right leaders in place at Island Health to move forward with the project.
The system was implemented in 2016 with an initial budget of $173.5 million.
Island Health estimated completion would need an additional $54.1 million, but the report says the cost will likely be higher.
“Mediators are very good at determining the root causes why there are difficulties or challenges in a work environment, and finding the solutions that bring stakeholders together,” Dix said in a release.