Electronic health records
$8 million announced for eHealth
REGINA – Saskatchewan Health
Minister Don McMorris (pictured) announced funding of $8 million for the new
eHealth Saskatchewan agency, an investment that will support electronic
health record developments like those recommended in 2009 by the Patient
The $8 million is part of a new $133.1 million investment in health
infrastructure and access improvements to make the provincial system
safer and more secure for patients and health providers.
“Our government continues to follow through on our promise to strengthen
our healthcare system,” McMorris said. “Today’s announcement will mean
better care and better access to care for Saskatchewan people.”
McMorris also announced that the provincial government will now pay 80
percent of the cost of regional health projects like long-term care
facilities, up from the traditional 65 percent share.
“Communities asked for a new funding formula, and we are delivering it,”
McMorris said. “An 80-20 split lowers financial barriers to the
revitalization of health facilities in towns and cities across
The infrastructure funding announcement includes:
• $49.3 million for design and construction costs of 13 long-term care
facility redevelopment projects;
• $24 million for new capital equipment and upgrades;
• $18.7 million for infrastructure maintenance and improvements;
• $8 million for continued development of an electronic health record;
• $5 million for redevelopment planning of Moose Jaw Union Hospital;
• $7.1 million to renovate and repair the Parkridge Centre long-term
care home in Saskatoon; and
• $500,000 for CT services in Melfort.
Physician-related funding includes:
• $10.5 million to support physician recruitment and retention; and
• $10 million to support an increased number of physician services.
The $49.3 million for the long-term care construction projects is in
addition to planning dollars already allocated as the provincial share
of project costs to replace aging facilities. One project is already
well underway, and 12 others are expected to go to tender in 2011-12.
The funding allocation will also allow the province’s health facilities
to proceed with needed repairs and the installation of equipment and
The announcement is in addition to funding announced February 14 to
reduce surgical wait times.
Posted March 10, 2011