Calgary docs first in
Alberta to adopt Practice Solutions
CALGARY – Signal Hill Medical Centre, a seven-physician practice, has
become the first medical centre in Alberta to use the CMA-owned Practice
Solutions software suite. The software was recently introduced in the
Acquired by the Canadian Medical Association in 2004, Practice Solutions
Software was founded in 1982 as HealthCare Software Inc. and currently
delivers software to more than 2,300 doctors at 750 medical clinics.
Approximately 600,000 patient records are managed by Practice Solutions
electronic medical records software.
The Practice Solutions suite offers billing and scheduling, as well as
an electronic medical records component that integrates, for example,
patient profiles, progress notes, drug interactions and prescription
“One of our doctors used this software when she lived in Ontario, and we
were excited to learn it was coming to Alberta,” says Dr. Mary Jane
Shankel, physician manager. “We like the fact that it works with
Macintosh computers as well as with PCs, and that we can access it from
outside the office. It’s also very important to us that the company is
owned by the CMA.”
In 2005, the software suite was approved for physician funding by
Alberta’s Physician Office System Program (POSP) – a joint initiative of
the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health and Wellness and
Alberta’s Regional Health Authorities.
This approval recognizes that the software conforms to the POSP’s Vendor
Conformance and Usability Requirements.
“Increasingly, physicians are recognizing the value of investing in
technology created by and for Canadian doctors,” says Rob Thorpe,
president of Practice Solutions Software Inc., which is based in
Cambridge, Ont. “Our software was designed by a doctor to work the way
doctors work, and by doing that it significantly enhances their
Practice Solutions Software, and the other companies operating under the
Practice Solutions brand, offer end-to-end solutions in technology,
leasing and practice management consulting services, and have deep roots
with the CMA, their parent company.