Canadian electronic health record projects quadruple in four years

    Momentum improving patient care

    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Canada's electronic health record (EHR) projects
increased by 12 per cent last year and have quadrupled since 2004 announced
Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).
    "Canadians want their medical information available electronically to the
clinicians who care for them," said Alvarez. "And that's starting to happen in
communities across Canada. Collaboration among governments is at an all-time
high and with continued federal funding, we are well on our way to providing
every Canadian with an electronic health record by 2016."
    Working with its federal, provincial and territorial partners, Infoway is
quickening the pace of development and implementation of electronic health
records. Infoway approved $311.5 million in new EHR investments in 2007-08,
bringing the total cumulative value of its investments to $1.457 billion or
89 per cent of Infoway's $1.6 billion in capitalization by the federal
government. The investment brings the total number of projects underway to
254, representing a four-fold increase from the 53 projects that were underway
in 2004.
    "The electronic health record projects the government of Canada is
investing in are coming alive, bringing tangible results to Canadians and the
clinicians who care for them," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Federal
Minister of Health.
    These efforts are translating into real benefits for patients from
coast-to-coast: In Nova Scotia, the shared diagnostic imaging program provides
digital images of X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds to authorized health
practitioners where and when they're needed; patients in remote northern
communities are connected with health care professionals in urban centres
through telehealth, improving their access to care; and electronic medical
records are generating much-needed efficiencies in the face of growing
clinician shortages, increasing chronic disease and growing administrative
    In addition to the steady progress being made in all electronic health
record programs including registries, diagnostic imaging, lab and drug
programs, Infoway continues to target investments in replicable solutions that
support health system transformation, such as telehealth and public health
    To find out more, access a copy of Infoway's 2007-08 Annual Report by

    Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province
and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of electronic health
record projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these
secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they
need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health.
Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and
sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

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