Canada Health Infoway Negotiates Canada-wide Preferred Solution Agreement with MedPlus, Inc. for Laboratory Information Systems



    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today
announced it has negotiated preferential conditions and pricing with MedPlus,
Inc. through a national Preferred Solution Agreement for Laboratory
Information Systems. MedPlus is the health care information technology
subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. This Canada-wide agreement will
help accelerate the implementation of laboratory information systems, which
automate the flow of laboratory requisitions and results.
    "Laboratory test results are vital because they provide health care
professionals with the information they need to support decision-making and
case management at the point of care. Yet for every 1,000 lab tests performed,
up to 150 are wasteful duplicates when results are tracked on pieces of paper
that can be misplaced," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada
Health Infoway, the federally-funded, independent not-for-profit organization
which invests with public sector partners to accelerate electronic health
records across Canada. "Implementation of electronic access to laboratory
information will help reduce unnecessary duplicate tests and help speed
diagnosis, resulting in quicker access to appropriate care."
    "MedPlus is delighted to be Infoway's first laboratory information system
Preferred Solution Provider. With over 120,000 physicians currently using the
Care360(TM) system we are confident that Canadian health care providers will
be pleased with the features and functionality of our user- friendly
solution," said Richard Mahoney, President of MedPlus and Vice-president of
Healthcare Information Solutions at Quest Diagnostics.
    Laboratory information systems automate information flow, which allows
authorized health care professionals - such as doctors and nurses - to spend
less time tracking results manually and more time providing patient care. They
also provide a secure, electronic view of a patient's test results regardless
of where the original test was completed.
    Through preferred solution agreements with participating vendors such as
MedPlus, the Canadian health care system benefits from leveraging experts with
a deep understanding of the pan-Canadian EHR and the country's need to adopt
established standards to ensure interoperability. MedPlus (www.medplus.com) is
the health care information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics and a
leading developer and integrator of clinical connectivity and health care
information exchange solutions.

    About Canada Health Infoway

    Infoway is leading the development and implementation of electronic
health projects across Canada. Infoway works with provinces and territories to
invest in electronic health projects, which support safer, more efficient
health care delivery. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these private
and secure systems provide health care professionals with immediate access to
complete and accurate patient information, enabling better decisions about
diagnosis and treatment. The result is a sustainable health care system
offering improved quality, accessibility, productivity and cost savings.




For further information:

For further information: Dan Strasbourg, Canada Health Infoway, (416)
595-3424, 1-888-733-6462, dstrasbourg@infoway-inforoute.ca


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