Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced comprehensive plans to ensure healthcare providers across the province have immediate access to a patient's most up-to-date medical information including recent prescriptions or medical treatment received anywhere at any time within the province.
The Manitoba eHealth program will facilitate the creation of a provincial electronic health record (EHR), a secure and private lifetime record of a patient's health history and care within the health system in Manitoba. The program gives healthcare providers information such as test results as soon as the information is put into the system. Once in the system, healthcare providers will have access to up-to-date information on patients whether they live in Winnipeg, Thompson or remote towns and communities throughout the province. This will help reduce replicated or redundant tests and contribute to efforts to reduce wait times. Source: https://www.manitoba-ehealth.ca
IBM wireless technology to improve patient care at the Jewish General Hospital
Faster diagnosis, better patient care and communication are key benefits of new wireless technology that IBM is designing and installing at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH).
The secure wireless network gives physicians and other healthcare professionals quick and easy access to important patient information, enabling them to communicate with one another from anywhere in the hospital via mobile devices, saving time and improving efficiency in patient care.
The first step towards becoming wireless was the installation of access points throughout the hospital. With this new technology, medical and nursing staff can now use mobile telephone technology and handheld devices inside the hospital in a safe and secure manner.
"Part of our mission is to actively lead the development and evaluation of new technologies that improve patient care," said Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, Associate Director of Medical Informatics at the JGH. "With the collaboration of IBM and Symbol, this wireless technology has already proven to be successful in keeping medical professionals connected in real time, which has helped patients. JGH physicians are already saving time and working more efficiently by using mobile devices for charting systems, and they will soon be able to access patients' test results wirelessly as well." Source: https://www.jgh.ca/
Emergis Accelerates Deployment of Its Electronic Health Record Solution across Montreal Region
Emergis Inc. (TSX:EME), announced an acceleration of the multi-million-dollar contract the company signed with l'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal for the deployment of its Oacis electronic health record (EHR) solution. Oacis has been purchased for six additional health authorities in the Montreal region: five health and social service centres, which can each include a hospital, community service centres and residential and long-term care centres; and Hôpital Santa Cabrini. Oacis will allow healthcare professionals at these hospitals and related facilities to rapidly and securely access a complete record of a patient's health history online and in real time. Source: https://www.emergis.com
Patients to Benefit from Improved Healthcare Information Flow
Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) and Hydro One Telecom are collaborating to improve healthcare information flow and patient care. Hydro One Telecom will provide the dedicated core section to SSHA's telecommunications network. It will serve as the foundation of SSHA's overall network service, which is used by healthcare institutions and professionals across Ontario to share patient information securely and reliably. When fully deployed, SSHA's network will be the largest private, high-performance network in Ontario.
Grey Bruce Health Services, South Bruce Grey Health Centre and Hanover and District Hospital - which constitute a 12-hospital site early adopter group - are using the network to improve the performance of their Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system. They are also using the network to send diagnostic images (DI) from rural hospital sites without radiologists to hospital sites where these specialists work.
The CSSS de La Côte-de-Gaspé Selects the Computerized Medical Record Solution Proposed by Purkinje and Trigonix
The Centre de santé et de services sociaux de La Côte-de-Gaspé (CSSS-CDG Health and Social Services Centre) selected the solution proposed by the Purkinje-Trigonix partnership for the implementation of a computerized medical record (CMR). The main objectives of this project, which has a total cost of $1.1 million (including software, scanning and technology infrastructure), are the scanning and viewing of a secure and confidential CMR that is accessible throughout the hospital and other CSSS facilities. The Purkinje solution will integrate the ensemble of clinical information via a series of interfaces with laboratory, imaging, index-ADT, scheduling, dictation/transcription and PACS systems as well as the scanned images.
Hospitals Need Patience When Investing in Health Information Technology: PricewaterhouseCoopers Confirms Health IT Investment Eventually Can Pay for Itself
More than 60% of hospitals in the United States have made significant enough investments in information technology (IT) to begin seeing reductions in operating costs, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, which published a report on the relationship between health IT investment and hospital operating performance. The report, the culmination of two years of research, provides comprehensive evidence that investment in IT will improve hospital business performance and that IT capital investment can eventually pay for itself in the healthcare environment. Source: https://www.pwc.com/healthcare
Wolf Medical Systems to Provide EMR Solution to the Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network in Alberta's Northern Light Health Region
Wolf Medical Systems, Canada's largest independent provider of electronic medical record (EMR) software exclusively for physician offices and medical clinics across Canada, announced that the Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network (PCN) in Alberta's Northern Light Health Region has selected Wolf Medical Systems to provide a hosted EMR solution for billing, scheduling, clinical and information integration. The Wood Buffalo PCN team has utilized EasyNetworks Inc. from Edmonton, Alberta, to install an integrated system that will initially link eight of the physicians in Fort McMurray and the PCN office into a single, comprehensive PCN.
Cisco Unveils New TelePresence Solutions to Connect Multiple Locations and Organizations in Real-Time Collaborative Meetings
Cisco has announced a set of new technologies that extend the capabilities of the Cisco TelePresence meeting solution to enable virtual meetings in multiple locations at one time and to provide businesses with the freedom to organize meetings with customers or partners outside the corporate firewall. Cisco is also introducing a number of solutions that will create a more collaborative meeting environment, including innovative tools that simplify how meeting participants share documents, objects and images over TelePresence and engage with a virtual agent for customer care. Source: https://newsroom.cisco.com
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