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
"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
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.