Government & policy
Quebec approves 18 new computerization
QUEBEC CITY – The government of Quebec has launched the health and
social services network computerization plan, designed to improve the
availability, quality, and continuity of healthcare and services
provided in the province of Quebec.
On this occasion, the Conseil des ministres approved 10 new agreements
reached with Canada Health Infoway for electronic health record and
patient registry projects, as well as 8 telehealth projects.
“The work and preliminary studies carried out since the beginning of
2005 by the ministry and in conjunction with Canada Health Infoway have
contributed greatly to the development of our computerization plan,”
said Philippe Couillard, Quebec’s health and social services minister.
“The approval of these agreements is the launching point for development
and expansion projects that will soon produce tangible results for the
users of Quebec’s health and social services network and all other
The President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, Richard Alvarez, said
that “health information is the cornerstone of our healthcare system,
and today’s announcement is an important step toward ensuring that
healthcare providers are able to quickly access the right information
for the benefit of Quebec patients.”
Of the approved projects, the electronic health record project will make
it possible to establish a data sharing infrastructure for health
information. These systems will be tested in the Montreal and Laval
areas, and will then be ready for a rapid migration into other regions
The patient registry project will make it possible to securely store
information that will uniquely identify the users of Quebec’s health and
social services network.
In addition, planning for eight telehealth projects will be carried out.
Telehealth uses information and communications technologies to deliver
health services, expertise and information remotely.
The eight projects are very diverse and are sponsored by the Integrated
University Health Networks (RUIS):
• Telehomecare centres for patients with complex chronic diseases in the
territory covered by Université de Montréal’s RUIS.
• A telepathology network linking the RUIS clinics of Université Laval
with its faculty of medicine.
• A virtual health centre to support the work of the health
professionals of McGill University’s RUIS.
• A teleconsultation and tele-education network geared toward
professional development for Université Laval’s RUIS.
• Telehomecare to improve the availability, efficiency and coordination
of ultra-specialized services for patients requiring ventilatory
assistance at home for McGill University’s RUIS.
• Real-time clinical support for wound treatment for Université de
• A multidisciplinary tele-education and clinical support network
linking Université de Montréal’s RUIS clinics to its faculty of
• A real-time and remote medical consultation network, including
teleconsultation, teleassistance, telementoring and tele-education on
the territory covered by Université de Sherbrooke’s RUIS.
The ten projects or project stages will cost $25 million to complete. Of
this amount, $19 million will come from Canada Health Infoway.
“I am confident,” concluded Quebec’s health and social services
minister, “that doctors, professionals and other stakeholders in the
health and social services network will demonstrate their unwavering
commitment and professionalism by rising to the challenge of integrating
these new methods of providing services to ensure the well-being of
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway is an independent not-for-profit organization that invests with
public sector partners across Canada to implement and reuse compatible
health information systems which support a safer, more efficient
healthcare system. 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, healthcare system offering improved quality, accessibility