Toronto – June 6, 2022 – Expanding its commitment to deep regulatory expertise, Thentia is pleased to welcome Dr. Sheila Marchant-Short to its growing team of industry experts with extensive experience from the frontlines of regulation. As Thentia’s Managing Director, Health Care Regulation, Dr. Marchant-Short brings over four decades of experience in nursing and health care regulation to the fast-growing SaaS company, which recently raised $10 million in a Series B1 funding round to support its rapid expansion across the U.S. and Canada.
In her role at Thentia, Dr. Marchant-Short will work with all teams across the organization, including marketing, sales, product, customer success, and other areas, to further bolster the organization’s knowledge base with expertise from the world of health care, health care regulation, and related regulatory disciplines – all of which she has touched upon in her long career.
“I am delighted to share subject matter expertise from both health and regulation to assist customers and prospects as they examine, evaluate, and navigate Thentia products in a way that allows them to have as much information as they feel they require to be successful in their decision-making,” explains Dr. Marchant-Short. “I am pleased to be able to share ‘insider knowledge’ about how it feels to be a regulator. Because Thentia offers regulatory tools built for and by regulators, the more authentic a regulatory experience we can demonstrate, the more trust customers can have in our solutions.”
Spanning over 40 years, four provinces, and one U.S. state, Dr. Marchant-Short’s career in health care and health care regulation is vast, featuring experience with several public health agencies including the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health PEI, Eastern Health, Vancouver Island Health Authority, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and, most recently, the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI), where she served as Chief Executive Officer and Registrar for almost five years. Across these and other public health organizations, she served a variety of roles, from frontline nurse and nursing supervisor in her early career, to nursing science expert, communicable disease control consultant, research analyst, and quality risk manager, to name a few.
In addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing science, Dr. Marchant-Short also holds a PhD in Medicine, for which she completed a dissertation on adverse effects in health care. Notably, she served on the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), which became a household name through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and served on the team responsible for the rollout of Ontario’s original integrated Public Health Information System, Panorama, a system that is still used today.
“The sheer depth and breadth of Dr. Marchant-Short’s experience and knowledge in health care regulation simply cannot be overstated,” says Thentia CEO, Julian Cardarelli. “To better grasp how public health regulators think, I have sought her wisdom over the years and she has always offered guidance and critical insights generously. I couldn’t be happier to welcome her to Thentia and I know her arrival will further strengthen our capacity to engage with regulators by speaking their language, something that has always set Thentia apart.”
In her time at CRNPEI, Dr. Marchant-Short oversaw a sweeping digital transformation initiative that radically improved the regulator’s capacity to process and manage licenses and license renewals in a timely, efficient manner by adopting digital tools, including Thentia Cloud (then named Open Regulate). She describes how, prior to implementing Thentia, license registration and renewals were tedious and time consuming, resulting in lost time spent manually helping registrants through what should be a simple, seamless process.
“We would have to assist at least 20% of registrants to get them through registration successfully, and we would interact with them multiple times,” she explains. “And that required a lot of time and resources. The year after implementation, we found that number dropped significantly to only 2% of registrants requiring assistance.”
The college used the available resources to focus on other strategic activities for the organization, something she stresses regulators with modernized systems will benefit from.
“It’s about getting your people doing what really needs to be done – things that are strategic and helpful to your organization, not just manual and time-consuming tasks,” she explains.
Dr. Marchant-Short’s addition to the Thentia team signals the company’s unique and deepening commitment to unparalleled regulatory expertise and aligns with its vision of superior digital government tools and systems to help regulators better protect the public.
Thentia is a global company with teams operating in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Canada and is trusted by regulatory bodies and government agencies worldwide with more than 8.5 million active licensees across the globe using its platform. Thentia was developed by subject matter experts with a mission to transform government technology through best-in-class capabilities. Its modern and elegant solution, Thentia Cloud, is revolutionizing the way regulatory bodies and government agencies manage data and licensing by bringing the entire process into the 21st century with speed, automation, ease of use, and best-in-class support. For more information, visit thentia.com.
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