Canada Health Infoway service-oriented architecture receives international recognition



    Top honour awarded in health care category, SOA Case Study Competition

    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) received top
recognition in the health care category of the 2008 Service Oriented
Architecture (SOA) Case Study Competition, sponsored by the SOA Consortium and
CIO Magazine. Infoway's interoperable electronic health record (EHR)
architecture, the EHR Blueprint - a framework for a Canadian EHR, was awarded
for demonstrating business success and lessons learned in SOA adoption.
    "Moving forward with the vision for an interoperable electronic health
record system in Canada required building a strong foundation of
service-oriented architecture. Infoway's EHR Blueprint has been able to
conceptually address the massive undertaking of linking together tens of
thousands of clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and other points of care in the
country," said Dennis Giokas, chief technology officer, Canada Health Infoway.
"Infoway is proud to receive this recognition from its colleagues in the
international architecture community."
    The EHR Blueprint was developed by Infoway in consultation with its
jurisdictional partners, the Canadian vendor community and stakeholders. It is
a framework that defines a scalable and flexible business and technical
architecture that enables the authorized sharing of clinically relevant
patient information between health service providers across care settings,
health care delivery organizations, and across Canada. Since its development,
the EHR Blueprint has become a valuable tool that provides the guidelines for
governments, health regions, hospitals and technology vendors who are aligning
their health information system development and implementation to the vision
of the interoperable EHR. The EHR architecture has been adopted by all of the
jurisdictions in Canada.
    "On behalf of SOA Consortium and CIO Magazine, we are pleased to
acknowledge the success of Canada Health Infoway as the only Canadian award
recipient this year, and the first not-for-profit organization to win in the
SOA Case Study Competition," said Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., executive
director, SOA Consortium. "Infoway has demonstrated the case that
service-oriented architecture delivers value. Other organizations will be
inspired by Infoway's success and look to how SOA can deliver the same value
to their own projects."
    The goal of the SOA Case Study Competition was to highlight business
success stories and lessons learned to provide proof points and insights to
other organizations considering or pursuing SOA adoption. To qualify for the
contest, the SOA project must have been completed with demonstrated business
results.
    An independent study of the cost/benefits of the interoperable EHR
concluded that the estimated total cost of information technology enabling the
health care system to be $9.9 billion. It is estimated that this investment
will result in $6.1 billion in annual benefits (savings or cost avoidance in
health care services) - $82.4 billion over 20 years - when the system has been
fully implemented.
    Infoway will participate in a panel discussion on its SOA approach at the
SOA Consortium Meeting in Santa Clara, California from December 10-11, 2008.
    To view a full copy of Infoway's winning submission, or to learn more
about the SOA Case Study Competition, visit
http://www.soa-consortium.org/winners-pr. A full copy of the EHR Blueprint is
available through Infoway's KnowledgeWay at www.infoway-inforoute.ca.

    About Canada Health Infoway

    Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the Federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province
and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of electronic health
record projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these
secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they
need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health.
Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and
sustainable health care system for all Canadians.





For further information:

For further information: Dan Strasbourg, Director, Corporate
Communications, Canada Health Infoway, (416) 595-3424,
dstrasbourg@infoway-inforoute.ca


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