TELUS awarded $31.5 million contract to deliver electronic health record solution improving patient care for Montreal region residents

    Montreal Region Health Authority expands the scope of its Electronic
    Health Record (EHR) project to include all healthcare institutions over
    the next four years

    MONTREAL, May 27 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced a $31.5 million expansion
of its contract with the Montreal Region Health Authority to accelerate and
expand the implementation of the Oacis Electronic Health Record solution to
healthcare facilities across the region.
    The solution is comprised of an electronic clinical information system
combined with a documentation imaging solution that will convert paper records
and integrate them into a unified electronic patient record.
    Montreal is one of the first regions in Canada to implement standardized
electronic health records across all points of service including 89 hospitals,
health and social services centers, long-term care centres and other public
healthcare institutions, as well as GMF (family practices), network clinics
and integrated network clinics.
    "The significant expansion of our work on EHR with Montreal is a true
testimonial to the value of our technology to deliver on our promise to
transform the way information is used in healthcare," said Francois Côté,
president, TELUS Health Solutions. "Montreal is one of the first regions in
North America to adopt a fully integrated end-to-end solution across the
continuum of care from clinics to acute care facilities."
    David Levine, president and CEO, Montreal Region Health Authority, said,
"This is our vision and our passion. Now, more than ever, we are convinced
that the future of healthcare is contingent on the system-wide adoption of
electronic health records. We believe this because we are completely satisfied
with the performance of the solutions already in use. Now, our priority is to
ensure the Oacis solution is deployed quickly and efficiently throughout the
Montreal Region to provide people with uniform and consistent quality care."
    The Oacis Hospital Electronic Health Record will be overlaid on top of
existing infrastructure and systems, thereby preserving existing investments
while creating a unique database. To achieve this, the Oacis solution will
interface with more than 50 systems requiring the development of 140
application interfaces to ensure a seamless transfer of information.
    Under the terms of the contract, TELUS Health Solutions will be
responsible for project implementation and management, providing the Authority
with a complete turnkey solution for accelerated deployment.
    The project's initial phase includes Sacré-Coeur Hospital, Jewish General
Hospital and the Verdun CSSS (Health and Social Services Centre) all of which
are scheduled to go live within the next few months. In addition, the OACIS
solution is being implemented at Centre hospitalier de l'Université de
Montréal (CHUM) and McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) where there are
approximately 5,000 users monthly.
    "We are thrilled to be one of the first implementations of the Oacis
Electronic Health Record solution to go live in the Montreal Region because we
anticipate significant enhancements to clinical efficiencies, increased
patient safety and improved outcomes" said Dr. S. Rosenthal MD, CSPQ Director
of Information Services, Jewish General Hospital.

    About TELUS Health Solutions

    TELUS Health Solutions, backed by Emergis, represents a unique set of
technology, expertise and resources to help transform how information is used
in the healthcare industry. TELUS Health Solutions has years of expertise in
successfully implementing healthcare applications and information
communication technology processes through industry leading solutions and
consulting services to customers in Canada and around the world. It is backed
by more than 1,500 TELUS Health Solutions team members including healthcare
professionals. For more information, please visit

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.6 million
customer connections including 6.2 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. Led since
2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP),
voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we
live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community
Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more
information about TELUS, please visit

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact Allison
Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425,; Chantal
Huot, Media relations - Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de
Montréal, (514) 286-5706,

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