Medical residents to use xwave
TORONTO – xwaveEMR, a web-based
electronic medical record, will be used by University of Toronto family
medicine residents at a new teaching facility opened by Trillium Health
Centre and the existing four-site Summerville Family Health Team (FHT).
“With a single username and password, residents will be able access
their patients’ charts from Trillium, U of T and all four sites at
Summerville,” said Dr. Michael Kates, a physician with Summerville FHT.
“This is the kind of connectivity and data mobility that will be
increasingly in demand as information technology becomes more pervasive
in primary care and, in particular, as the emphasis on preventive and
proactive care continues to grow.”
xwaveEMR, now adopted by Summerville’s 25 physicians, also connects them
to Trillium’s hospital information systems. Patient information at
Trillium will be sent electronically to corresponding doctors’ desktops
at Summerville. Doctors receive it in near real-time (compared with the
three to eight days required for paper delivery) and tasks such as
scanning have been reduced at Summerville by as much as 50-75 percent.
“Electronic medical records are becoming a necessity for practitioners
entering the healthcare field,” said Chan Ghosh, Director of Operations
at xwave Healthcare. “Experience gained using xwaveEMR will give
residents a solid grounding in electronic patient charts, as well as
help them set benchmarks for practice efficiency and patient care.”
While at the new teaching unit, family medicine residents will have
hands-on training using xwave’s EMR technology in a multiple-provider,
family-practice environment. They’ll also gain in-hospital experience at
Trillium, which is adjacent to Summerville. They’ll work side-by-side
with allied healthcare workers whose scope of practice is team-based.
This experience will help the residents acquire valuable skills that
will benefit patients.
The Trillium-Summerville Family Medicine Teaching Unit opened July 1,
2009, with three Summerville physicians and several staff dedicated to
the new site. Initially, the program will support four residents, a
number that is expected to grow to 18 – along with undergraduate
clinical clerks – by 2012.
This initiative is said to be the first time a family medicine teaching
unit has chosen to use web-based Electronic Medical Records in Ontario,
and provides the physicians and residents the opportunity to conduct
research using the xwaveEMR.
xwaveEMR provides Ontario physicians with secure web-based access to GE
Healthcare’s award-winning Centricity Practice EMR and practice
management software. Centricity is relied on by approximately 30,000
clinicians worldwide. xwaveEMR has customized Centricity for the Ontario
healthcare market and has made it available in a hosted, application
service provider (ASP) format; the solution is funding-eligible by
OntarioMD and integrates easily with labs, hospitals and the OHIP
About xwave Healthcare
One of the largest and longest-serving healthcare-consulting practices
in Canada, xwave Healthcare’s 300 consultants are guided by a Medical
Advisory Board of physicians who provide direction and counsel on a
voluntary basis. Together they develop solutions and services that
connect providers with patients and promote efficiency across the entire
continuum of care.
xwave, a division of Bell Aliant, is an Information Technology company
that provides clients with Advanced Technology Solutions and IT
Professional Services, including leading eHealth solutions. Through
highly-skilled IT professionals, xwave plans, designs, builds, and
delivers technology solutions that meet clients’ business needs. xwave
employs over 900 people in offices in St. John’s, Halifax, Moncton,
Saint John, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Summerside, Montreal, Ottawa,
and Toronto. More information can be found at
Posted Aug. 13/09.