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Electronic records

Jewish General expands use of oncology-specific EHR

MONTREAL – The Jewish General Hospital, a McGill University teaching hospital, and Rational Health Systems have announced the conclusion of a partnership agreement to see the Segal Electronic Health Record (EHR) pioneered at the hospital and implemented in oncology hospital practices across North America.

The Segal Electronic Health Record was implemented in the fall of 2008 at the JGH Segal Cancer Centre, and is currently utilized by more than 200 staff members and healthcare professionals on more than 400 workstations both on and off campus.

All aspects of patient care are documented electronically, and clinical data can be made available to investigators. The JGH Segal Cancer Centre believes that the market is beginning to catch up with vendor expectations.

The offering by Rational and the Jewish General Hospital is said to be the only system of its kind that is designed by clinicians and which supports every aspect of medical and surgical oncology practice, including e-prescription and decision support with turnkey implementation.

“It is the obligation of every hospital to provide its nurses, physicians and allied health workers with the best tools possible to allow safe passage for their patients through the complex journey of cancer treatment, or any other disease for that matter,” says JGH Executive Director Dr. Hartley Stern. “I am proud to say that at the JGH, we are fulfilling that obligation and more with this wonderful system.”

Dr. Gerald Batist, Director of the Segal Cancer Centre, views the Segal Electronic Health Record as “an essential component of best clinical practice, offering important opportunities for innovations, research and teaching of both patients and trainees. This system facilitates interdisciplinary care, which is the model we use at the Segal Cancer Centre.”

“The patient and family’s health are at the centre of all our activities at the JGH,” says Lynne McVey, JGH Director of Nursing and Co-Director of the Segal Cancer Centre. “This electronic health record helps us to have the most up-to-date information about the patient right at our fingertips, wherever we are providing care. Patients are invited to join in the process. They too are our partners in health promotion.”

Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, JGH Director of Information Services, adds, “This is a very exciting and innovative project led by the whole healthcare team and its patients. As a hospital, we are looking at creative ways to integrate this invaluable information with our entire record, which serves as a model of care.”

About the Jewish General Hospital
Now in its landmark 75th year of providing Care for All, the Jewish General Hospital has been a mainstay of superior medical treatment for many generations of patients from all backgrounds in Montreal, throughout Quebec and beyond. Drawing on its expertise and experience as one of the province’s largest and busiest acute-care hospitals, the JGH is committed to improving the level of care for all Quebecers through close collaboration with the government and its healthcare network. In this anniversary year, the Jewish General Hospital has also redoubled its commitment to ensuring that patients receive care of the highest quality in a clean, safe environment. The JGH has been able to deliver these pioneering and innovative services by strengthening its role as a McGill University teaching hospital, expanding and upgrading its facilities, and pursuing cutting-edge studies at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. For more, please visit

About Rational Health Systems
Rational Health Systems markets and distributes clinical management solutions and electronic medical records that help hospitals and healthcare authorities reduce medication errors, increase personnel efficiency and bring down operating costs in the areas of medical, surgical and radiation oncology. For more, please visit