Scottish vendor selected for eHealth
GLASGOW, UK – AxSys
Technology (AxSys), a provider of patient-centric clinical information
solutions, has been selected as the key software solution provider for
Ontario’s upcoming chronic disease management system.
Earlier this year, eHealth Ontario, an agency of the Government of
Ontario, awarded a $46.2 million contract to CGI Group Inc. for the
development of a new chronic disease management system (CDMS). The CDMS
will initially focus on diabetes, which affects more than one million
people in Ontario. The solution will operate on AxSys Technology’s
innovative Excelicare platform.
Lead contractor for the project, CGI, a leading global provider of IT
and business process services with 31,000 employees, competed against
other world leading healthcare IT providers to win the six-year contract
and selected AxSys as its preferred partner, based on the company’s
expertise and proven track record in delivering effective healthcare
CGI will design, build, implement and manage the province-wide chronic
disease management system and portal which will be used initially to
improve care for patients with diabetes, a top clinical priority for
Doug McCuaig (pictured), President, CGI Canada commented: “It became
quickly apparent to us that AxSys, with its 10 years plus experience,
had developed solutions that had a deep understanding of what clinicians
and patients really need. Their passion and commitment to healthcare IT
also impressed us and, facing such a rigorous evaluation process, we had
to be confident the software platform we selected was solid and could
stand up to scrutiny.
“As Excelicare is now being used by some of the world’s leading
healthcare providers, AxSys could clearly demonstrate the broad range of
advantages it could offer,” McCuaig added.
The creation of the CDMS-Diabetes reflects the number of Ontarians with
diabetes; there are now more than one million – a total which has
doubled over the last 10 years. The aim, therefore, is to manage
diabetes treatment and care effectively and economically, and to prevent
the related heart attacks, blindness and amputations.
The CDMS-Diabetes will be an interactive, real-time information tool to
develop care plans and monitor clinical results to improve treatment.
The system will build on eHealth Ontario’s provincial identification and
access systems infrastructure to ensure the secure identification of
patients, providers and relevant diabetes healthcare services, based on
common informatics standards and access technology.
Through the new system, providers will be able to manage the care of
patients with diabetes according to recommended guidelines, securely
receive data from sources such as Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
claims and laboratory test results and produce reminders, alerts and
reports to help improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Dr Pradeep Ramayya, AxSys Technology co-founder and CEO, said: “This is
a ground-breaking achievement for AxSys to have been selected as the
clinical software solutions provider for this important Canadian
eHealthcare project. It clearly demonstrates the power, flexibility and
scalability of our Excelicare platform.
“The development of Ontario’s CDMS will mark a great step forward for
the management of chronic disease in the province, enabling significant
improvements to be achieved in the quality of services and real benefits
to be delivered to patients. Excelicare is tailor-made for this
type of project; it is specifically designed to meet the needs of
healthcare professionals and to support them by enabling standards of
care to be enhanced.
“Our success in being selected as the clinical software solutions
provider for the Ontario contract follows hot on the heels of our other
recent overseas contract wins, including Santa Clara County Independent
Physician Association (SCCIPA) – California’s largest independent
healthcare network, North American Medical Management (NAMM) – also in
California, and MSO in Puerto Rico.
“All of these contracts demonstrate that our Excelicare platform is
increasingly being recognized as an ideal clinical software platform for
a wide and diverse range of international healthcare providers and
clinical environments. Our global client base is expanding and our aim
is to continue to grow it in order to benefit as many healthcare
providers and patients throughout the world as possible.”
About AxSys Technology
AxSys Technology specializes in the development and implementation of
clinical solutions to improve and coordinate the delivery of healthcare.
All AxSys solutions are patient-centric and are designed with a clinical
perspective to directly benefit patients and healthcare providers. AxSys
was set up by experienced doctors who recognized the benefits of the
Collaborative Care model in their own clinical practice and realized
that a flexible communication-oriented clinical information system would
be a key element in its successful delivery. The company, registered in
Scotland and based in Glasgow, started operations in January 2000. AxSys
has 38 employees at its Glasgow base and is currently recruiting
additional staff. It has an offshore development centre in Hyderabad,
India, where it employs more than 160 staff. For further information on
AxSys Technology, visit www.axsys.co.uk
About eHealth Ontario
eHealth Ontario is the provincial agency charged with harnessing
information technology and innovation to improve patient care, safety
and access in support of the Ontario government’s provincial health
strategy. For more information visit
Posted October 21, 2010