Saskatchewan announces preferred EMR
- The Saskatchewan Medical Association has announced a list of preferred
vendors for its Electronic Medical Record Project. The announcement was
made last month by Dr. Milo Fink (pictured), who is President of the Saskatchewan
Medical Association; among the first to publicize the information was
the CanadianEMR web site, which provides a range of information to
physicians about the state of eHealth in Canada.
As reported by CanadianEMR, the Saskatchewan Medial Association has
selected the following as its current list of preferred vendors after an
• Med Access Inc. - EMR
• Nightingale Informatix Corporation - Nightingale on Demand
• Optimed Software Corp. - Accuro EMR
• Practice Solutions Software Inc. - PS Suite
The selection of the above as preferred vendors means that the
Saskatchewan Medical Association intends to move forward with contract
negotiations and further conformance testing with each of these vendors.
In a letter to members of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, Dr. Fink
stated it is important to note that any final selection and award for
each of these vendors is conditional upon successful negotiation of a
formal written contract between the SMA and the vendor, and the vendor
passing further conformance testing. Unless and until this occurs, the
vendor’s proposed solution is not eligible for reimbursement under the
SMA’s EMR Program. Only upon the SMA’s announcement of final selection
and award will the vendor’s solution be eligible for reimbursement.
The SMA intends to commence contract negotiations and further
conformance testing with the selected preferred vendors immediately.
Meanwhile, British Columbia has progressed a step further with its own
EMR program. In a December 18th email to members from Dr. Bill Mackie,
President of the BC Medical Association, he stated: Conformance testing,
the last step in the PITO EMR vendor selection process, was completed as
scheduled on December 11, 2008.
Of the six companies that made it to that last step, one vendor withdrew
and five passed the conformance test.
The five PITO-Qualified EMR vendors therefore are:
• EMIS Inc.
• Intrahealth Canada Ltd.
• MedAcess Inc.
• Osler Systems Management
• Wolf Medical Systems.
More information on the PITO program and the PITO EMR vendors is
available at: www.pito.bc.ca/EMR/EMRs.htm.
According to CanadianEMR, the PITO program is now moving ahead: to date
630 physicians have already gone through the orientation phase, 337
physicians have selected their vendor and 87 physicians have gone “live”
on PITO-qualified EMRs.
More than 1,900 B.C. physicians have applied for funding and 1,400 have
been selected as of December, 2008. As well, 15 local relationship
managers (LRMs) and 25 Physician Champions are located throughout B.C.
and are helping physicians successfully navigate the transition.
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