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Carol C

Sudbury, ON – In 2010, I became the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) eHealth peer leader for the NE LHIN.  Despite a growing awareness of eHealth in northeastern Ontario, there were limited efforts at the regional and the northern provincial level specific to the nursing profession.  Upon close collaboration with Tamara Shewciw NE LHIN CIO, the Nurse Peer eHealth Network (NPEN) was implemented to bring digital health awareness to all nurses in northeastern Ontario.  This network of nurses was formed with the sole purpose of wanting to communicate more effectively and engage our NE LHIN nurses regarding digital health information.  The NPEN has become so successful, that I have been an effective guest speaker and presenter at the local level in health agencies, hospitals and universities in the north.  I was invited along with my colleague Tamara in 2011, to give an oral presentation on NPEN at the national eHealth conference, which resulted in active discussion amongst the audience.  An oral acceptance from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Research Conference (2012) in Thunder Bay allowed me to collaborate with different health professionals in the northern Ontario I attended a 2013 international nursing conference in Jerusalem with my oral presentation on NPEN and it was widely received by a receptive audience of global nurses.  I have had many requests about NPEN from nurses around the world and have taken on a leadership role in assisting nurses at the international level in regards to disseminating digital health technology in several countries.