Infoway negotiates preferred solution agreement with electronic health record (EHR) viewer provider

    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today
announced it has negotiated preferential conditions and pricing with Orion
Health through a Preferred Solution Agreement for their Concerto(TM) Physician
Portal, an EHR viewer.
    EHR viewers are secure web-based applications that integrate patient
information from various sources into a single record, unique to each patient.
    "We are making great progress towards the modernization of Canadian
patients' health information and that means more and more clinical data is
being captured and stored electronically," said Richard Alvarez, President and
CEO of Canada Health Infoway, the federally-funded, independent not-for-profit
organization which invests with public sector partners to accelerate
electronic health records across Canada.
    "The EHR viewer is a vital tool for clinicians because it is the
electronic gateway to the information clinicians rely on to make appropriate
care decisions for their patients."
    The Canada-wide agreement will help accelerate the implementation of
electronic health records, making it simpler for provinces and territories to
acquire a health record viewer solution.
    An EHR viewer eliminates the need for health care practitioners to learn
multiple computer interfaces and improves accuracy by bringing information
from across numerous systems into one familiar screen that is customizable for
each user's requirement. These systems have many benefits when implemented in
a standards- based environment.
    Infoway's Preferred Solution Agreements show that participating vendors
like Orion have a deep understanding of the pan-Canadian EHR and the need to
adopt established standards to ensure interoperability. While Infoway believes
that these agreements offer significant value, the selection of specific
vendors rests with the individual province or territory.

    About Canada Health 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, health care system offering improved quality,
accessibility and productivity.

For further information:

For further information: Dan Strasbourg, Director, Corporate
communications, Canada Health Infoway, (416) 595-3424,; Tamarie Johnson, Media Relations, Orion
Health, (503) 345-9257 extension 826,

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