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Electronic medical records

Alberta’s orthopedic surgeons select Nightingale’s EMR

CALGARY – The Alberta Orthopaedic Society and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute announced a license agreement with Nightingale Informatix Corp. of Markham, Ont., under which the company’s Enterprise Practice Management and Electronic Medical Record tools will be delivered to all OAS and Institute members province-wide, using an Application Service Provider (ASP) model.

AOS represents over 150 orthopaedic surgeons in the province of Alberta. The successful implementation of an EMR solution is expected to become the foundation of data capture in orthopaedics, and will form the basis of a computerized continuum of care with the goals of reducing wait lists and improving patient solutions through effective use of empirical data.

The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute is an umbrella organization for bone and joint research, education and healthcare in the province. It is composed of a network of partners, including healthcare professionals, the provincial health regions, the Alberta government and universities throughout the province.

For its part, Nightingale Informatix Corp., of Markham, Ont., is Canada’s largest Application Service Provider of practice management solutions and services for outpatient clinics. Nightingale’s suite of products offer Canadian & US physicians leading edge functionality for patient scheduling, claims processing, work flow tools, clinical documentation, laboratory interfaces, document management and real-time patient services.

“The Alberta Orthopaedic Society and the Institute have taken a leadership role in accelerating the adoption of technology amongst healthcare providers on a patient centric model. It is a vision most governments are working towards,” said Sam Chebib (pictured at left), Nightingale’s CEO. “This partnership will increase the efficiency of physician practices and the quality of patient care. The AOS approached us with a bold vision to broaden the use of technology within the practice of medicine.

“While initiated in Alberta, we are convinced that the solutions we are implementing will have direct application to physicians and specialists within their respective national and provincial medical associations. Nightingale is planning to work closely with AOS and the Institute to insure the successful implementation of this exciting project.”

After close evaluation of various EMR products certified for use in Alberta, AOS selected Nightingale Informatix as the company with the EMR software that best suits the needs of its members and those of the Institute. Nightingale’s Enterprise Edition is said to be a true Application Service Provider (ASP) solution, delivered through a highly secure web-connection and two-factor authentication. It’s capable of managing multiple physical locations in real time.

According to the company, the “patient centric” architecture of the Nightingale system, combined with flexible data capture methodology, will enable AOS and the Institute to collect valuable clinical data that will be aggregated and analyzed for the purpose of improving the delivery of quality care. Additional tools in the Nightingale system, such as the automated tele-attendant, web-based patient access portal, PC dictation tools with real time notification, will provide practice efficiencies and add value to the solution for orthopaedic surgeons in Alberta.

“Our objective is to provide our members with the best practice and clinical management products to improve the efficiency of the physician practices, and improve the quality of care, through access to real-time information” said Dr. Don Dick, President of the Alberta Orthopaedic Society. “The Nightingale system gives us a leading-edge EMR solution on a central platform, while eliminating the IT burdens associated with conventional EMR solutions. We will be working closely with Nightingale to develop best practice and customized clinical templates and treatment profiles.”

In the short term, the partnership will allow AOS to implement a standard Nightingale EMR system for all orthopaedic surgeons in Alberta within the next 12 months. Once implemented, participating physicians will immediately increase capture rate of patient information. As this relationship matures between AOS and Nightingale, the partners intend to enhance the EMR solution to address the various needs of orthopaedic surgeons in Alberta.

AOS has entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Nightingale Informatrix. The Nightingale & AOS team will begin the roll out of the project in the first quarter of 2005.

AOS will make the Nightingale EMR solution available to all its 150 members. The special terms available under this agreement may be made available, at AOS discretion, to associated family physicians and specialists participating in the continuum of care.

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