$1.6 million donation-in-kind to enable simulation and interprofessional
TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - The Michener Institute for Applied Health
Sciences and IMPAC Medical Systems Inc., an Elekta company, announce a
historic new strategic alliance that will introduce an integrated
state-of-the-art e-Health record system into the classrooms and labs of
Canada's leading educator of healthcare technologists and therapists.
The e-Health record system (EHR) is a unified combination of three
established information management systems including Radio-Therapy Information
System, Laboratory Information System and overall Hospital Information System,
that reflects the work flow practices of healthcare teams in a simulated
IMPAC's $1.6 million investment advances Michener's vision for developing
an electronic health record reflective of the interprofessional applied health
science team. This investment comprises of equipment, software, and
professional services as well as faculty and staff education to effectively
implement and operate the e-Health Record System. It stands as the largest
technological investment in Michener's 50 year history to date.
"This significant investment represents a major contribution in support
of Michener's interprofessional curriculum and simulated clinical workflow,"
explains Dr. Paul Gamble, President and CEO, The Michener Institute. "It's an
ideal public-private-partnership where both institutions have the opportunity
to learn, and together, create innovative solutions for the applied health
science community." The strategic alliance was announced on November 15, 2007.
According to Brad Niblett, Director, Information Management, The Michener
Institute, "The EHR will provide applied health students with the ability to
experience a simulated clinical work flow; build dynamic, pragmatic patient
case studies and records; and with the integration of these systems, support
the information requirements of the healthcare team, and in the end,
"We're very pleased to establish a strategic alliance with The Michener
Institute and contribute to the education of Ontario's most sought-after
medical technologists," said Jay Hoey, President and CEO, IMPAC Medical
Systems Inc. "Michener graduates are providing a direct contribution to
patient care and medical treatment outcomes. IMPAC's state-of-the art
technology enables Michener students to participate actively in simulation
experiences that will ultimately enhance their interprofessional learning,
improve their skills and amplify their talents as members of the healthcare
Implementation of the EHR has already begun thanks to the collaborative
input and efforts of faculty from Michener's medical radiation sciences
program. Simulated workflows will be in place in time for the
interprofessional simulation clinical semester in May 2008.
The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy,
chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT).
Michener's academic excellence is rooted in: interprofessional education,
simulation education, readiness assessment, clinical education, and
theoretical education to deliver the Best Experience, Best Education hallmark
of learning to over 5,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education
students. The Michener Institute's academic programs are publicly funded by
the Province of Ontario and further enriched through partnerships with
universities, private sector companies and leading healthcare organizations.
For more information, visit www.michener.ca.
About IMPAC Medical Systems Inc.
IMPAC Medical Systems provides healthcare IT solutions that streamline
clinical and business operations across the spectrum of cancer care. With
products that range from diagnosis and treatment through long-term follow-up,
IMPAC provides a comprehensive oncology management solution that helps improve
overall communication, process efficiency, and quality patient care.
IMPAC is part of the Elekta Group, providing oncologists, radiation
therapists, neurosurgeons and many other medical specialists with state of the
art tools to fight serious disease.
Elekta's systems and solutions are used in over 4,500 hospitals around
the world. Clinical and information management solutions include, among
others, Leksell Gamma Knife(R) for non-invasive treatment of brain disorders,
Elekta Axesse(TM) and Elekta Synergy(R) for stereotactic and image guided
radiation therapy and radiosurgery as well as the MOSAIQ(TM) suite of software
for image-enabled EMR and efficient management of clinical and patient data.
With over 2,000 employees globally, the corporate headquarter is located
in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under
the ticker EKTAb. More information about Elekta can be found at
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