Tenders awarded for key components to e-health strategy



    FREDERICTON, CNB, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Contracts have been signed for four
major pieces in the province's e-health strategy, Health Minister Mike Murphy
announced today.
    The systems are an Interoperable Electronic Health Record, a Client
Registry, a Provider Registry and a Provincial Diagnostic Imaging Repository.
    "These systems are key building blocks along the journey to a complete
electronic health record that will ultimately link all patient information
from across the health care system - from hospitals, from your family doctor,
from your local pharmacy and elsewhere," Murphy said. "With this information,
authorized health care providers will have access to individuals' health
records to provide them with the care they need, when they need it."
    "The progress we are celebrating today on the e-health front is a major
step forward in the modernization of New Brunswick's health care system," said
Richard Alvarez, president and CEO of Canada Health Infoway. "Information is
central to quality health care. Today's announcement is about making that
vital information quickly accessible to clinicians so they can get on with the
job of caring for their patients."
    The Interoperable Electronic Health Record is considered a foundational
piece for the One Patient One Record (OPOR) system. It will provide the
infrastructure and functionality required to link, capture, store and view
relevant patient information.
    The Client Registry system is essentially the one-patient component of
the OPOR system. With this system, each patient will have a unique provincial
identifier that will tie together patient information from various clinical
systems.
    The Provider Registry system will contain information on health care
providers in the province.
    The Provincial Diagnostic Imaging Repository will consolidate a patient's
diagnostic imaging reports and images for procedures such as X-rays, CT scans,
ultrasounds and MRIs, into a provincial repository. Once completed, the
diagnostic imaging information will be retained for the life of a patient,
will be available provincewide in a standardized format for the use of
authorized clinicians, and will be stored in a centralized system with
appropriate back-up.
    Murphy said that the Department of Health has signed agreements with
Initiate Systems Inc. for their Client Registry solution ($1.9 million over
two years) and Orion Health for the Interoperable Electronic Health Record and
Provider Registry systems ($4 million over three years). A third contract
awarded to xwave for system integration and maintenance services is worth
$5.6 million over three years. The contract to create a Diagnostic Imaging
Repository has been awarded to Agfa Inc., in the amount of $9 million over
two years.
    "What we are witnessing now is a new era unfolding for health care in our
province," Murphy said. "The implementation of the OPOR system will revitalize
our health system by improving access to vital clinical information which will
aid in better clinical decision-making, and result in improved care for New
Brunswickers."
    The OPOR system will be implemented over a three-year period at a total
cost of $35.9 million. New Brunswick has partnered with Canada Health Infoway,
which is contributing $18.2 million to the project, with the remaining
$17.7 million coming from the province. In total, it is estimated that New
Brunswick needs to invest a quarter of a billion dollars over the next decade
in electronic information and computer technology to improve the delivery and
management of health care in the province.

    About Canada Health Infoway

    Canada Health Infoway is a federally funded, not-for-profit organization
created to facilitate the development of electronic health information systems
across the country. It works with provinces and territories to invest in
electronic health projects, which support safer, more efficient health care
delivery. These private and secure systems fully respect patient
confidentiality, and 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: Jasmine LeBrun, Communications, Department of
Health, (506) 457-7566; Dan Strasbourg, Director, Media Relations, Canada
Health Infoway, (416) 595-3424, dstrasbourg@infoway-inforoute.ca


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