Canada Health Infoway signs arrangement with Initiate Systems for client registry

Victoria 10 May 2004Canada Health Infoway and Initiate Systems Inc. have signed a bilateral arrangement aimed at accelerating the development of Canadian-wide electronic health records (EHR). Initiate Identity Hub software can be used by health care facilities to create a client registry that accurately identifies patients and can link their medical records from multiple systems and providers.

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Client patient registries are a foundational piece of an Electronic Health Record, which is a secure and private lifetime record of an individual's key health history and care. A registry securely maintains a patient's demographic information, such as name, date of birth and health access number, and can link with information related to the patient's care and treatment. Client registries built with Initiate Identity Hub software support secure access to accurate and timely information for health care providers, enabling improved diagnosis, treatment and health outcomes for patients. By uniquely identifying each patient, the registry helps reduce the risk of medical errors.

Under the terms of the bilateral arrangement, provinces and territories will be able to acquire Initiate's industry-leading software products and related services through a streamlined set of master agreements and favorable terms and conditions.

"Having a complete and accurate electronic health record for each individual in Canada is key to providing timely, secure access to accurate information throughout the health care system", stated Bill Conroy, chief executive officer and president of Initiate Systems. "We are pleased to be working with Infoway to offer a client registry solution that instantly and accurately links data about patients, providers and health care facilities across all delivery points. Its superior data integrity and data integration will improve the quality and timeliness of, and the access to, accurate patient information."

"Infoway works with the provinces and territories using technology to help make health care sustainable in the long-term and provide Canadians with safer, more efficient, more accessible health care", stated Richard Alvarez, president and chief executive officer of Canada Health Infoway. "Leveraging the investments we've made in successful projects, we've acted as a facilitator, negotiating bi-lateral arrangements that bring value to our provincial and territorial partners and offer them attractive conditions to reuse proven solutions."

Initiate Identity Hub software is the underlying Enterprise Master Person Index (EMPI) technology for the regional patient registry component of Capital Health's recently launched electronic health record, netCARE. Infoway has invested both with Capital Health and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information in their respective patient registries, which can serve as a model for other jurisdictions.

"The EMPI is a critical component of our clinical portal. Our patient registry accurately matches and instantly links 5,5 million patient charts from existing registration systems across our region. Improving the integrity, access and management of patient data will absolutely enhance the quality and safety of patient care", stated Capital Health President and CEO Sheila Weatherill.

"As the first in Canada to implement and use the Initiate products in our province-wide Unique Personal Identifier/Client Registry (UPI), we have realized significant benefit for our health system through the accurate identification of patients", stated Steve O'Reilly, CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information. "As we proceed with implementation of provincial pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory solutions, it is comforting to know that our person-oriented EHR is being built on such a solid foundation."

Canada Health Infoway's mission is to foster and accelerate the development and adoption of compatible electronic health information systems. Infoway's approach is to invest strategically and work in partnership with stakeholders including the private sector. Infoway acts as a catalyst, leveraging its financial resources through targeted investments and building on best practices. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit corporation created following a September 2000 commitment of Canada's First Ministers "to work together to strengthen Canada-wide health infostructure to improve quality, access and timeliness of health care for Canadians". Infoway's members are the federal, provincial and territorial deputy ministers of health.

Initiate Systems Inc. is a provider of EMPI software and services for managing patient and provider identities. Initiate provides the most accurate, complete, up-to-the-moment information to all point-of-service applications, business intelligence platforms and back office systems. Initiate's award-winning Initiate Identity Hub software delivers high business value in many industries, including communications, financial services, health care, hospitality, the public sector and retail, by instantly finding and accurately linking all the records about a person, corporate entity or object across disparate data sources on-demand, regardless of data volume.


Leslie Versweyveld

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