xwave Solutions help transform healthcare in Canada



    iEHR, wireless and waitlist-management solutions supported by 30 years of
    healthcare consulting

    TORONTO, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - xwave is helping to improve efficiency and
quality of care for Canadian hospitals through efforts with provincial health
ministries and care-givers across Canada. xwave, a division of Bell Aliant
(TSX: BA.UN), is showcasing its solutions at OHA HealthAchieve 2007, along
with recently-secured healthcare contracts involving several provincial
eHealth initiatives.
    In New Brunswick, xwave has been chosen to integrate and maintain various
components within the province's One Patient One Record (OPOR) system. These
components are an interoperable electronic health record (iEHR), a client
registry, a provider registry, and a provincial diagnostic imaging repository.
The OPOR system is fundamental to New Brunswick's e-health strategy, and will
enhance care by enabling clinicians to readily access up-to-date patient
information. It is a three-year contract valued at $5.6 million.
    In British Columbia, xwave has been involved in two of the province's
seven e-health projects. Working with prime contractor Sun Microsystems (B.C.)
Inc., a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc., it custom-designed a
Change, Implementation and Adoption (CIA) Strategy to promote end-user
adoption of the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS). PLIS will
consolidate lab-test results for patients across BC and, via the provincial
iEHR infrastructure, will make the results available online to authorized
caregivers. xwave has considerable experience developing healthcare
change-management solutions, having previously worked with clients such as
Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation; AHSC nominated xwave for the Company of
the Year informatics award mentioned above.
    Also in BC, xwave is one of six successful proponents arising from a
Request for Proposals from the Ministry of Health to deliver an application
service provider (ASP)-based clinical management system (CMS) to BC
physicians. The company's CMS is an electronic medical record (EMR) and
practice management (PM) solution built around GE Healthcare's Centricity(R)
Practice EMR and PM software. Centricity is used by 30,000 clinicians
worldwide, and xwave's solution is the only one to make it available in
Canada. As an ASP, it's accessible anywhere there's Internet, and xwave
manages it, handling initial physician-site assessment and technology
transition through to ongoing 24/7 technical support and software updates that
ensure compliance with current funding and legislative guidelines.

    
    xwave has made a number of recent enhancements to the CMS including:

    -   Online real-time validation of health cards, enabling physicians and
        staff to instantly verify health cards at the time patients present
        them

    -   Decision-support and reference tools from Elsevier that provide CMS
        users with continuously updated disease and reference information

    -   Connectivity that enables reporting on hypertension patients (for
        research purposes) to Heart & Stroke

    -   Family Health Team Reports specifically designed to meet the
        reporting requirements of today's FHTs
    

    xwave also recently has been selected to deliver its CMS to the
Summerville Family Health Team in Mississauga, Ontario. Summerville's 20
physicians are affiliated with the Trillium Health Centre, which serves over a
million residents in Mississauga, West Toronto and the surrounding region.
Delivery of the CMS is scheduled for the first quarter of 2008.
    Working with Cancer Care Ontario, xwave was pivotal in implementing the
Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), which is the patient registry
underpinning Ontario's Wait Time Information System (WTIS). Together the WTIS
and EMPI enable clinicians to record and share near real-time information on
the ordering and performance of surgical procedures. The WTIS-EMPI project saw
80 Ontario hospitals connected to the two systems simultaneously over an
ambitious eight-month timeframe. xwave's role was to monitor and manage the
testing of EMPI-related processes at each hospital. This was done through a
team of EMPI Coordinators who effectively bridged the gap between new
technology and the hospital staff who would use it. Housing 50 million patient
records, the EMPI is the largest registry of its kind in Canada. As of June
2007, staff from 81 Ontario hospitals and 1,700 surgeons' offices are now
accessing the WTIS-EMPI. The company has since been awarded the contract for
the WTIS Expansion Deployment, which will broaden the WTIS application from
its five initial areas of care - cardiac, cancer, cataracts, hip and knee
replacements; and MRI and CT scans - to include all types of surgery.
    In Toronto, xwave partnered with Vocera Communications to implement a
wireless solution at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The solution involves
the deployment of 250 clip-on badges that each weigh less than two ounces and
are equipped with voice-command capabilities. These include instant (rather
than 'page and wait') access to all users logged on to the system; one-on-one
and one-to-many messaging (which avoids overhead paging); and intuitive
searching by name, title or group rather than by phone extension. This
instant, anytime communication will be available to users anywhere within
networked Sunnybrook facilities.
    In addition to these projects, xwave is involved in various research and
development initiatives that include the planning of an eHealth Research
Network at Hamilton's McMaster University. The company also aided in the
creation of an ASP-based pharmacy solution that will give pharmacists
controlled access to patient records, enabling them to better monitor
prescription-taking and treatment.

    About xwave Healthcare

    xwave Healthcare earned Company of the Year at the 2006 Canadian Health
Informatics Awards. It is one of the largest and longest-serving
healthcare-consulting practices in Canada. Drawing from 30 years of
experience, it comprises 250 physicians, nurses, technical architects and
project managers all guided by a Medical Advisory Board of physicians who
provide direction and counsel on a voluntary basis. Together they develop
solutions and services that connect providers with patients and promote
efficiency across the entire continuum of care.

    About xwave

    xwave, a division of Bell Aliant, is a full-service business-solutions
provider that serves clients through systems integration, infrastructure
services, and fulfillment. These areas offer clients a broad delivery
capability: xwave plans, designs, builds and operates complete ICT solutions
that meet business-process needs and are designed to deliver a measurable
return on technology investments. With more than $355 million in revenues and
1,500 people, xwave is one of the largest business-solutions organizations in
Canada, with locations in St. John's, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John,
Fredericton, Charlottetown, Summerside, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, New
England, Washington DC and Colorado. More information can be found at
http://www.xwave.com.





For further information:

For further information: Karen.Ewing@xwave.com, (877) 332-4605

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