CHCA launches initiative to advance the Information Technology agenda in home care



    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)
has entered into a partnership with Canada Health Infoway to lead a national
project on technology in home care. The project - Integration through
Information Communication Technology in Home Care in Canada - will begin
immediately and will result in a better understanding for the potential of and
readiness for information communication technology (ICT) in the home care
sector across Canada.
    The Project will support the CHCA's goal of building a national knowledge
base on technology in the home and community sector and exploring challenges
and opportunities for current and future applications. "We are delighted to be
working with Canada Health Infoway and appreciative of this opportunity to
undertake a formal assessment of where and how technology can best support
home care within an integrated health system," said Nadine Henningsen, CHCA
Executive Director. "With limitless technology applications available, it is
important to capture where the home care experts believe the opportunities
lie. This project will allow that to happen."
    "As Canada's population continues to age and grow, Canadians will
increasingly rely on home care services to meet their health care needs," said
Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, a federally
funded not-for-profit organization which invests with public sector partners
to accelerate electronic health records across Canada. "Our ultimate objective
through this investment is to help increase access to home care by fostering
more efficient ways to deliver care through technology."
    Key components of the project include surveying home care experts across
Canada, hosting a pan-Canadian roundtable and sharing knowledge at a special
workshop at the CHCA's Home Care Summit in December. A final report with
recommendations will be produced that identifies the potential of information
and communication technologies within home care and the gaps that need to be
addressed.

    About the Canadian Home Care Association

    The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is a not-for-profit membership
association dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible, responsive
home care and community supports to enable people to stay in their homes with
safety, dignity and quality of life. Members of the Association include
organizations and individuals from publicly funded home care programs,
not-for-profit and proprietary service agencies, consumers, researchers,
educators and others with an interest in home care. Through the support of the
Association members who share a commitment to excellence, knowledge transfer
and continuous improvement, CHCA serves as the national voice of home care and
the access point for information and knowledge for home care across Canada.

    About Canada Health Infoway

    Infoway is a federally-funded, not-for-profit organization that 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 healthcare
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 more information on the work of the Canadian Home Care Association,
visit www.cdnhomecare.ca

    For more information on Canada Health Infoway, visit
www.infoway-inforoute.ca




For further information:

For further information: Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, (613)
569-1585, Fax: (613) 569-1604, nhenningsen@cdnhomecare.ca; Dan Strasbourg,
Director, Media Relations, (416) 595-3424, dstrasbourg@infoway-inforoute.ca


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