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Capital Health to co-develop health IT with TELUS and HP

EDMONTON Capital Health has announced a partnership with TELUS and Hewlett-Packard (HP) to develop innovative technology-based health solutions that will advance the delivery of patient care and improve the overall quality of the health system.

The first joint project in the new partnership will be to develop a self-service portal for patients to view appointment schedules and access information, such as immunization records. The self-service portal will also provide the tools to help patients more actively manage chronic conditions such as diabetes.

This public-access extension of the region's restricted clinical portal will be devised for both computer and telephone through this new partnership.

"Capital Health recognizes that the next stage of health reform is innovation through collaboration with leading technology-based businesses," said Sheila Weatherill, president and CEO of Capital Health. "Through knowledge sharing we can develop solutions that will improve health outcomes, healthcare processes and efficiencies."

She said TELUS and HP were selected because of their strong reputations in the technology field and their established records for identifying unique approaches to customer problems. Capital Health, recognized as one of Canada's most innovative, academic health systems, will provide a focal point for the two industries to combine resources and expertise to deliver new solutions to health challenges.

"With Capital Health guiding our technology applications, we will leverage the Internet to extend the reach, enhance the speed of delivery and improve the efficiency of health services delivery in the region through Capital Health," says Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of TELUS Corporation.

Capital Health is one of Canada's largest integrated academic health regions, providing complete heath services to 1 million residents in the cities of Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove and St. Albert, and the counties of Leduc, Parkland, Strathcona and Sturgeon (and communities within their geographical areas), as well as the Town of Devon and communities in the eastern part of Yellowhead County.

Capital Health serves a total of 1.6 million people across central and northern Alberta, providing specialized services such as trauma and burn treatment, organ transplants and high-risk obstetrics.