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Physician IT

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 province.

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 writing.

“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 practices.”

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.