OSCAR EMR Version 12.1 Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification

(Toronto, Ontario) Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and Open Source Clinical Application Resource (OSCAR) Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Inc. announced today that OSCAR version 12.1 has achieved Infoway’s J-class, Laboratory and Clinical Documents certification.

Innovative health IT solutions gain momentum

Recipients of Canada Health Infoway’s ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge Momentum Awards announced

(Toronto, ON) - From clinicians in British Columbia who use digital tools to manage the medications of patients with kidney disease to physiotherapy patients in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who schedule appointments electronically, a growing number of Canadians are benefitting from innovative health IT solutions thanks to the efforts of teams participating in the ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge. Participating teams saw a 65% growth in users in just 10 months, from January to October 2012.

Better Care for Ontario’s Children with Electronic Lab Results

(Toronto, Ontario) For the first time in the province, children will benefit from their pediatric care providers having access to the online lab results contained in the Ontario laboratories information system (OLIS). This means that care providers will now have a more complete and immediate picture of their patients’ health.

Digital Stethoscopes Enable Remote Care for Heart Failure Patients Across Vancouver Island

(Island Wide) Cardiac and Internal Medicine specialists at Heart Function Clinics located in Nanaimo, Campbell River and Victoria are listening to the heartbeats of patients who live in communities across Vancouver Island in real time with the addition of digital stethoscopes to existing telehealth technologies.

Use of Electronic Medical Records Doubled over Six Years

Canadians Say Clinicians Using Electronic Records More Likely to Know their Health History

(Toronto, Ontario) – More Canadian physicians than ever are embracing the move from paper to electronic medical records (EMR), according to a new survey released today. More than half of Canada’s family physicians (56 per cent) used EMRs in mid-2012, up from 23 per cent in 2006 according to the Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

ABELMed EHR-EMR/PM Version 12 Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification

(Toronto, Ontario) Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and ABELMed Inc. announced today that ABELMed EHR - EMR/ (PM) version 12, ABEL’s comprehensive Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and practice management solution has achieved Infoway’s J-class, Laboratory and Clinical Documents certification, ensuring it conforms to national and international standards for privacy, security and interoperability.

Canadians Could Gain 70 Million Hours per Year with Health IT: Conference Board of Canada

Secure access to online health information, tools could avoid 47 million in-person medical appointments

(Toronto, Ontario) – Canadians could have gained nearly 70 million hours of time in 2011 had they been able to consult with their health care providers, access test results (lab tests, MRIs, and X-rays) and request prescription renewals electronically, according to Valuing Time Saved:  Assessing the Impact of Patient Time Saved from the Adoption of Consumer Health Solutions, a new Conference Board of Canada Study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway.

Lawson, TELUS Health™ and Canada Health Infoway launch the Mental Health Engagement Network initiative to measure effectiveness of new technology in ongoing health management

(London, Ontario) – Lawson Health Research Institute today announced an innovative project that uses a smartphone and web application (app) specially developed to help people living with mental illness play a more active role in their recovery process.

25,000 clinicians to have easier access to vital patient information

(Toronto, Ontario) – Improving the patient experience through increased quality of care and efficiencies is the aim of recent investments in Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for outpatient clinics, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. 

Innovation Challenge Fuels Consumer and Clinician Use of Health IT

ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge teams surpass 1 million uses of qualified e-health solutions since January

(Toronto, ON) - From patients booking medical appointments online to pathologists using e-tools to record and report cancer test results, there have been more than one million uses of electronic solutions reported as part of the ongoing ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge, announced Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).

Med Access EMR Version 4 Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification

(Toronto, Ontario) –  Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and Med Access Inc. announced today that Med Access Electronic Medical Record (EMR) version 4 has achieved Infoway’s EMR National Class certification, ensuring it conforms to national and international standards for privacy, security and interoperability.

Electronic medical records outperform paper in primary care “Practice Challenge”

(Toronto, ON) — Primary care practices with electronic medical records (EMRs) identified patients who need preventative or follow-up care approximately 30 times more quickly than paper-based clinics,  according to a study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway.

Ontario clinicians transitioning to electronic medical records to receive mentorship from peers

(Toronto, ON) – Supporting clinicians to enhance the effective use and integration of technology in clinical practice is the objective of a new initiative launched by OntarioMD, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway). 

GE Healthcare achieves Infoway Certification for second Diagnostic Imaging product: Centricity TM PACS

(Toronto, ON) – GE Healthcare Canada, the first in its class to complete the Infoway certification process, continues to demonstrate leadership with the announcement of Infoway certification for a second diagnostic imaging product, the Centricity™ Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS)

North York General Hospital Advances Patient Safety with Health IT

(Toronto, ON) – North York General Hospital (NYGH) is leading an initiative that will help hospitals from across Canada implement technology that improves patient safety.

Ontario Hospitals Collaborate to Expand Use of Electronic Medical Records

(Owen Sound, ON) -- Grey Bruce Health Services is leading a project with two Toronto hospitals to expand the use of electronic medical records (EMR) in ambulatory care clinics. GBHS, together with North York General Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital, received a $2.9 million investment from Canada Health Infoway to collaborate on this joint initiative.

Nursing quality report card project to transform care

(Ottawa, ON) — The National Nursing Quality Report (NNQR) initiative – a new benchmarking system for the nursing profession – is set to launch, with funding from Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and other sources.

New health information technology system to help support quality cancer care

(Hamilton, ON) – Authorized clinicians at cancer care facilities located throughout the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) will be among the first in Ontario to have access to new decision-making tools and a common electronic patient record, which will allow them to provide safer and more reliable patient care, announced Dr. Bill Evans, President and CEO of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

Health providers in Newfoundland and Labrador transitioning to electronic health records to receive support, mentorship from peers

(St. John's, NL) – Supporting pharmacists, physicians and nurses to work together to enhance the effective use of technology in clinical practice is the objective of a new peer mentorship initiative launched by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (the Centre) and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).