Boundary Trails Health Centre installs MediPatient + to deliver telehealth to vast Canadian region

Toronto 04 October 2000MediSolution Ltd. has signed two contracts valued at more than $1.3 million to provide an electronic patient record and to deliver and integrate a picture archiving communications system (PACS) into the information management systems of the Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler, Manitoba. MediPatient +, a regional electronic patient record which will link the new PACS system to all of the clinical systems in the hospital, is a state-of-the-art system designed to enhance telehealth and the hospital's ambulatory care strategy.

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MediPatient + is the leading electronic patient record with more than 150 installations in less than two years, each of which represents an opportunity for downstream integration of PACS systems of this magnitude. Demand for this product continues to increase fuelled by the trend towards health care integration at the community and regional levels.

When completed in spring 2001, the $35-million Boundary Trails Health Centre located between Winkler and Morden, about 120 km southwest of Winnipeg, will provide service to some 50.000 patients annually in a territory stretching from the Trans-Canada Highway to the United States border. To cover this area the health centre's physicians rely heavily on technology to support ambulatory care and home care services.

"While the technology will be centred on Boundary Trails, as soon as the telecommunications infrastructure will support it, we intend to link all health care providers in our region to the MediPatient + system", stated Dr. Donald Dyck, Chief of Radiology at the health centre.

At the core of this technology is MediPatient +, a longitudinal electronic patient record designed to track every event in a patient's life. The technology also links with other clinical software such as PACS, that enables the digital capture and storage of all types of radiological images like x-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) or other diagnostic imaging.

The utilisation of PACS allows for increased productivity from the radiology department by sharply reducing the turnaround time of a radiological report, increasing patient throughput. In addition to driving down the costs of health care, the combined technologies also reduce waiting lists and lead to better patient care. Up-to-date patient history is available at all times, and can be viewed simultaneously from multiple locations, including via the Internet.

"This installation really demonstrates the true value of new technology in improving health care delivery", stated Remi St-Hilaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of MediSolution. "It enables physicians, armed with laptop computers to serve patients covering a vast area more effectively than ever before."

Pat Artinoff, President of MediSolution's Ontario West Division, commented: "This pioneering technology is responding to an insatiable demand for regionally integrated health care delivery. Not only is our product the leading edge electronic patient record, but it readily integrates with a wide variety of clinical software. In this way, we are able to bring complete solutions to our customers through a single source."

To meet the requirements of the Boundary Trails Health Centre MediSolution partnered with Data General for hardware and MarkCare Medical Systems for their PACS technology. MediSolution is Canada's leading health care information technology company with offices across Canada, in the United States, and with partners around the world.

The MediSolution company offers a comprehensive suite of health care information systems, managed services, integration technology, application hosting services and professional services to hospitals and other health care institutions. Its systems are implemented in half of Canada's hospitals. The company also has an installed base of practice management systems serving physicians and pharmacists.


Leslie Versweyveld

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