Contracts Awarded in Nova Scotia for Provincewide Electronic Health Record System



    Nova Scotians will get enhanced health care with improved access to
    health information.

    HALIFAX, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Contracts for major components of the
province's electronic health record system were announced today by Nova Scotia
Health Minister Chris d'Entremont.
    The components include a secure health record storage and viewing system
for patient information that doctors and other health care workers can access
when and where they need to. A client and provider registry will also be
created to identify patients and health care providers to link medical records
from multiple systems.
    "These elements are foundational pieces for Nova Scotia's electronic
health record system," said Mr. d'Entremont.
    "Health care professionals will be able to quickly access patients'
health records regardless of where in the province they are being cared for,
whether it's in an ER in Shelburne, or a specialist's office in Sydney. The
result will be better care, faster treatment and improved access to
information."
    The province's electronic health record system, called SHARE (Secure
Health Access Record), will create an electronic health record for all Nova
Scotians. The record will contain patients' up-to-date health information to
support decision-making and case management by health care providers.
    The first phase of the SHARE system will be completed by Dec. 31, 2009
and will cost $28 million. Nova Scotia has partnered with Canada Health
Infoway, which is contributing $17.8 million.
    The first phase will include patient information from the province's
three lab systems, the diagnostic imaging system and clinical records from
provincial hospitals.
    "Nova Scotia is making a significant leap towards providing every
resident with an electronic health record," 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 adoption of electronic health records across Canada. "Having been
one of the first provinces to go completely digital with X-ray images, Nova
Scotia patients and clinicians have seen first-hand the benefits associated
with this evolution. Today's announcement is about keeping Nova Scotia at the
forefront of electronic health record implementation in Canada."
    The Department of Health has signed agreements with Initiate Systems for
its client and provider registry software, implementation services and
training ($3.2 million), and McKesson Canada for its Horizon Physician Portal
for the viewer and Horizon Care Record for the clinical repository for secure
health record storage ($2.4 million). A third contract has been awarded to a
local consortium led by Sierra Systems, including xwave and the Barrington
Consulting Group, to set up a project management office to oversee system
integration ($5.3 million over two years).

    Canada Health 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: Kristen Rector, Department of Health,
(902)424-2727, rectorkr@gov.ns.ca; Dan Strasbourg, Canada Health Infoway,
(416)595-3424, dstrasbourg@infoway-inforoute.ca


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