The CSSS de La Côte-de-Gaspé Selects the Computerized Medical Record Solution Proposed by Purkinje and Trigonix - Solution will allow the CSSS to transition towards a Unique Patient Record (CMR-EHR)



    MONTREAL, March 29/CNW Telbec/ - The Centre de santé et de services
sociaux de La Côte-de-Gaspé (CSSS-CDG Health and Social Services Centre)
selected the solution proposed by the Purkinje-Trigonix partnership for the
implementation of a Computerized Medical Record (CMR). The main objective of
this project, which has a total cost of 1.1 million $ (including software,
scanning and technology infrastructure), is the scanning and viewing of a
secure and confidential CMR that is accessible throughout the hospital and
other CSSS facilities. The Purkinje solution will integrate the ensemble of
clinical information via a series of interfaces with laboratory, imaging,
index-ADT, scheduling, dictation/transcription, and PACS systems as well as
the scanned images.
    The CSSS-CDG is a healthcare establishment made up of seven facilities: a
125-bed long-term care facility, 5 community services (CLSC, equivalent to
community health centres), as well as a 56-bed hospital that dispenses a
complete range of general and specialized care in both inpatient and      
out-patient modes. The CSSS-CDG services a population which is spread out over
more than 4 000 km(2). The region is subdivided into six municipalities, of
which Gaspé is the largest.
    The Purkinje-Trigonix solution allows users to scan, integrate, organise,
and view past patient files, thus making it possible to share this information
more efficiently and economically between the CSSS-CDG's facilities. By the
same token, the Medical Records department solves its chronic lack of space
issue. Trigonix, responsible for the on-site scanning of patient files,
estimates that there will be approximately 6.2 million pages to scan in
colour. Purkinje/Dossier, which includes Purkinje's e-Documents (scan+view)
and Results modules, will integrate in one software past patient files and
current results generated by the Centre's information systems. What's more,
Purkinje's CMR allows users to annotate digital files with text, drawings or
audio, as well as centralise all types of documents related to a given patient
by organizing them according to care episode or other criteria.

    Instantly Access and Share Clinical Information

    Thus, healthcare professionals working at the CSSS-CDG will have instant
access, in a secure and confidential way, to all of their patients' clinical
information, including lab results which will be accessible through the
implementation of Purkinje's Results module. Purkinje will develop interfaces
with the Centre's existing systems, and will be responsible for the deployment
as well as technical support. The Purkinje solution will transform the working
environment of over 50 general practitioners and specialists working at the
CSSS-CDG. Other than these physicians, over 700 of the Centre's employees will
be affected by this transition.
    Clearly, the next few years will see the emergence of more and more
clinical information systems (CIS) that aim to bridge the gap between medical
practice and technology. This will occur through the integration of decision
support tools and the sharing of clinical information in a secure and
confidential environment, both internally and with integrated network
partners.

    Financing Plan

    "One of the motivating factors for us was the possibility of financing
our project through a subscription program which allows us to absorb the
implementation costs via our operations budget," explains Jean-Pierre
Tremblay, General Manager of the CSSS-CDG. "Purkinje offered us a subscription
model, and Trigonix followed with a five-year financing plan for the scanning
portion of the project. We really appreciate the flexibility and good will
that both of these companies have shown." In an effort to encourage other
healthcare establishments to equip themselves with an electronic solution
without having to go through the selection process, the CSSS-CDG has made its
Request for Proposal available to any interested centre.
    Denis Asselin, President of Trigonix, emphasizes the importance of
partnerships in the context of any large-scale project: "We have been
collaborating with Purkinje for many years and our partnership works very
well. The relationship between our two companies has allowed us to
successfully complete EHR-scanning projects at the CSSS Pierre-Boucher and the
CHAU Hôtel-Dieu-de-Lévis University Affiliated Hospital Centre. At the   
CSSS-CDG, we are also working in close collaboration with GTI Canada and EMC.
GTI Canada is responsible for all the equipment and implementation of the
technology infrastructure, while EMC manages and stores the technological
data."
    The implementation of the CMR is just the beginning for the Centre, which
plans to transition towards a Unique Patient Record by implementing an
Electronic Health Record (EHR). "The next phase at the CSSS-CDG will be the
implementation of Purkinje's Prescriber-with its medications advisor-and
Orders modules," explains Lucian Jeglinschi, General Manager at Purkinje. "We
are proud to offer our client a solution that allows them to reach their
ultimate goal: a shareable patient record that makes clinical information
available to all of the CSSS-CDG's sites. This rapid and immediate access to
information will have a huge impact on the productivity of the healthcare
professionals and the quality of care that they provide to their patients."

    About Purkinje

    Purkinje provides products and services focused on improving the
clinical, financial, and administrative aspects of delivering medical care.
Founded in 1978, the company utilizes the latest technologies to produce
reliable and easy to use tools that make a significant and positive impact on
the quality and cost of patient care delivery and the prosperity of its
physician clients throughout North America. The company currently has over
300 employees and is proud to serve over 5000 physicians within doctors'
offices, medical group practices, community health centers, and hospitals
throughout Canada and United States. For more information, please visit
www.purkinje.com.

    About Trigonix

    Established in 1987, Trigonix is the Quebec leader in document scanning
and has the international quality norm certification ISO 9001:2000. Trigonix
offers document scanning services to corporations that need to convert their
paper and microfilm originals to electronic format in order to archive, manage
and view them electronically. The company offers its services to the public
and private sectors - pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health,
telecommunications, education, aerospace and finance industries in Canada,
United States and Europe. For more information, please visit www.trigonix.com.




For further information:

For further information: Purkinje inc.: Sonia Mokbel, (514) 355-0888,
extension 252, soniam@purkinje.com; Trigonix inc.: Denis Asselin, (514)
874-0443, denis@trigonix.com

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