Infoway negotiates Preferred Solutions Agreement with Drug Information System provider



    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Health Infoway has negotiated
preferential conditions and pricing with DeltaWare Systems through a Preferred
Solutions Agreement. The Canada-wide agreement, designed to accelerate the
implementation of electronic health records, will make it simpler for
provinces and territories to acquire Drug Information Systems, which help
reduce medication errors.
    "We're pleased to benefit provinces, territories and health regions
through these types of agreements. They help reduce the cost and risk of
implementing tools which are key in transforming our healthcare system," said
Richard Alvarez, Infoway's president and CEO.
    Drug Information Systems give authorized healthcare professionals -- such
as doctors, nurses and pharmacists - secure, confidential access to the
medication records of their patients. "These systems help health care
professionals avoid drug interactions and duplications of therapy, effectively
improving the quality and safety of care," added Alvarez. The technology also
facilitates a team approach to health care -- ensuring that specialists, GPs,
nurses and other health care providers treating a patient have accurate and
up-to-date information about the patient's medication.
    These systems have many benefits, but represent a significant investment,
costing millions of dollars. Given their cost and complexity, provinces and
territories are looking for ways to ensure the systems will meet their needs,
deliver value and can effectively interoperate with other systems supporting
electronic health records. The Preferred Solutions Agreements show that
participating vendors have an understanding of the requirements for the
pan-Canadian electronic health record and a commitment to interoperability.
These vendors will work with the eHealth Collaboratory, a leading-edge
facility, to test the conformance of their solutions to pan-Canadian
standards.
    Infoway has signed Preferred Solutions Agreements with other technology
providers in line with its mission to accelerate the development of electronic
health records. Infoway has reached similar agreements with other drug
information systems vendors as well as with several diagnostic imaging
solutions vendors and one client registry vendor.
    While Infoway believes that these agreements offer significant value, the
selection of specific vendors rests with the specific province or territory.

    About Canada Health Infoway (Infoway)

    Infoway is an independent not-for-profit organization that invests with
public sector partners across Canada to implement and reuse compatible health
information systems which support a safer, more efficient healthcare system.
Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these private and secure systems
provide healthcare professionals with rapid access to complete and accurate
patient information, enabling better decisions about diagnosis and treatment.
The result is a sustainable, healthcare system offering improved quality,
accessibility and productivity.




For further information:

For further information: Cindy Hoffman, Infoway, (514) 397-7335 or
1-866-868-0550, (514) 606-7335 (cellular), choffman@infoway-inforoute.ca


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