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McGill hospitals to offer personal health record

MONTREAL – The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) announced that it will provide Quebecers with a personal electronic health record called MedforYou. The system is being created through a strategic relationship with a Quebec-based company called Medical.MD, and the partners launched a call for 300 subscribers to test the beta site. MedforYou works in both French and English, and will be available to the rest of Canada and people around the world in the near future, the project organizers said.

“Giving Quebecers a Web-based logbook in which to track their health, and a host of features that can inform and influence their lifestyle choices, is a new way for the McGill University Health Centre to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Arthur T. Porter (pictured), MUHC Director General and CEO. “Health education is naturally part of our dedication to “The Best Care for Life” and I am thrilled that MedforYou will extend the continuum of patient care we provide to Quebecers of all ages, from Montreal and Abitibi-Témiscamingue to Nunavik and other McGill RUIS regions.”

Since June 2008, the McGill University Health Centre has been working with the creative information-technology experts at Medical.MD on a state-of-the-art personal electronic health record. MedforYou 1.0 is the initial product. It will provide real-time, interactive support to subscribers who wish to monitor their health and/or that of their family. It will also help them to make lifestyle choices, including nutrition and exercise, that are likely to have a positive effect on their well-being.

“Medical.MD is honoured to be associated with the MUHC in this vital health initiative,” said Pierre Ducros, Chairman of the Advisory Board at Medical.MD. “The MUHC’s leadership and commitment to purposeful innovation fit perfectly with the acclaimed savoir-faire and goals of the MedforYou team.”

MedforYou’s designer is Medical.MD’s Chief Technology Officer, Philippe Panzini, whose international reputation for excellence covers a number of sectors. They include the film industry, which recognized his software development talent with an Academy Award.

Unlike the electronic health records developed for the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ network, or hospital medical records, MedforYou functions like an interactive Web site.

It has a billboard-like welcome screen and easy-to-navigate menus, vocabulary prompts and features that should allow any individual, Web-savvy or not, to manage his or her personal electronic health record. Initial promotion begins with the beta test involving the first 300 subscribers to register at

“MedforYou is an essential complement to the electronic patient record being implemented in our hospitals today,” noted transplant surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Barkun, Director of General Surgery and Chief Clinical Officer of the Informatics Transition at the MUHC. “It will empower healthy Quebecers and patients with health and wellness tools. I believe people will find the scheduling function really helpful, and having such a means to organize their basic personal health information will undoubtedly improve communication with healthcare professionals.”

Feedback on the beta site will be gathered between July and September 2009. During this time, additional features will be completed. MedforYou 1.0 will be available to the public as of October 2009 with enhancements planned for next year. Medical.MD has initiated discussions with Telus Health Solutions to include MedforYou to in its new consumer health platform: Telus Health Space, powered by Microsoft HealthVault.

About the MUHC
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. Its partner hospitals are the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital. The goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the healthcare field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

About Medical.MD
Medical.MD has developed the Personal Electronic Health Record (PEHR) under the name MedforYou. The company sees advances in computer science and wireless technology as the foundation for the introduction of a higher quality of health documentation that is both more useful and reliably secure. Building expertise in leading-edge software will transform the promise of personal internet electronic health records into reality. Our goals are to enable users to more easily maintain their health, support users in correctly following their treatment, improve communications between patients and physicians, and facilitate the understanding of symptoms, illness, treatment and recovery.

About Telus Health Solutions
Telus Health Solutions, backed by Emergis, represents a unique set of technology, expertise and resources to help transform how information is used in the healthcare industry. Telus Health Solutions has years of expertise in successfully implementing healthcare applications and information communication technology processes through industry leading solutions and consulting services to customers in Canada and around the world. It is backed by more than 1,500 Telus Health Solutions team members, including healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit

Posted July 16/09.