Government & policy
Saskatchewan reorganizes its e-health
REGINA – Health
Minister Don McMorris (pictured) has announced the creation of eHealth
Saskatchewan, a Treasury Board Crown Corporation that will oversee the
completion of the provincial electronic health record system.
Transforming the Saskatchewan Health Information Network (SHIN) into
eHealth Saskatchewan addresses a key recommendation of the Patient First
Review, which was completed last year. Commissioner Tony Dagnone urged
the health system to develop a provincial plan for the continued
successful implementation of a provincial electronic health record
“Residents told us in the Patient First Review that we need to better
co-ordinate their healthcare,” McMorris said. “We heard examples of
misplaced, unavailable or scattered health information resulting in
errors, adverse events and duplication of tests. Accessible patient
information is vital to improving service integration and co-ordinating
eHealth Saskatchewan will be operational by Spring 2011. Its
representative board will oversee the continued development of the
eHealth systems and technological infrastructure healthcare
professionals use to share patient information securely and efficiently.
The ultimate result will be a One Patient: One Record Health Care
System, the government said.
eHealth Saskatchewan will be led by a six member board composed of
representatives from partnering groups, including the Saskatchewan
Medical Association, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, health regions, the
business community and the provincial government.
Saskatchewan residents already benefit from the first components of a
provincial electronic health record system including: the Pharmaceutical
Information System (PIP) and the Diagnostic Imaging and Picture
Archiving System (RIS-PACS).
The government has previously estimated an electronic health record for
Saskatchewan residents could be fully in place by 2013-14 at an
estimated price tag of about $600 million.
Posted January 13, 2011