Government & Policy
to invest $1.8 million in Quebec projects
MONTREAL – Canada Health Infoway is investing $1.8 million in four new
Quebec initiatives that will help to improve Quebec’s healthcare system.
Infoway’s funding supports the computerization of Quebec’s health and
social services network, recently restructured to better meet the needs
of patients. The most significant investment will allow the development
of a secure system to share health data.
Another project is a drug information system which allows healthcare
providers to view a complete profile of a patient’s medication history,
helping to avoid harmful drug interactions.
The third project is a client registry, which securely stores a
patient’s information (i.e., name, date of birth, Medicare card number).
A fourth project is a provider registry, which contains healthcare
provider information (i.e., name, address, practice licences).
All four projects are currently in the planning stage. During this
phase, Canada Health Infoway will invest in the design of a preliminary
architecture, a framework to establish how different components of the
system will work together. This phase will also establish potential
benefits and cost estimates.
“Health information is the lifeblood of the healthcare system and
today’s news is a major step in making sure that complete information
can be accessed rapidly by authorized healthcare providers for the
benefit of Quebec patients,” said Richard Alvarez, president and CEO of
With the addition of these four new projects in Quebec, Canada Health
Infoway will have approximately 100 projects in every Canadian province
Quebec became a member of Canada Health Infoway in January 2004.
Canada Health Infoway’s mission is to accelerate the development of
compatible electronic health information systems across Canada. These
systems provide healthcare professionals with rapid access to complete
and accurate patient information, enabling better decisions about
treatment and diagnosis.
The result is a sustainable, more cost-efficient healthcare system
offering improved patient safety and better quality of care.
Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit corporation whose members are
the federal, provincial, and territorial deputy ministers of health.
Infoway will have $260 million approved for approximately 100 projects
in every Canadian province and territory by the end of March 2005.