Infoway negotiates preferred solution
agreements for DI
Canada Health Infoway has negotiated preferential conditions and pricing
with information technology vendors for the benefit of provinces,
territories and other public sector partners. The Canada-wide
agreements, designed to accelerate there implementation of electronic
health records, were signed with four diagnostic imaging solutions
providers: Agfa Inc., Christie Group Ltd., McKesson Information
Solutions Canada Company, and Philips Electronics Ltd., operating under
the trade name of Philips Medical Systems Canada.
“On a national scale, this approach could help reduce the cost and the
risk for provinces, territories and health regions to implement tools
that can improve the quality and accessibility of our healthcare
system,” said Richard Alvarez, Infoway’s president and CEO.
Diagnostic imaging (DI) systems allow X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and CT
scans to be captured, viewed, stored and transmitted electronically from
one site to another. These systems replace conventional X-ray film and
greatly improve access to patient information by enabling referring
clinicians to review patient images on computers from anywhere in a
secure and confidential manner, resulting in cost savings, reduced need
for patient transfers and reduced wait times.
While DI has significant benefits for healthcare providers and patients,
DI systems are a significant investment, often costing tens of millions
of dollars. “Given the cost and complexity of the systems, potential
buyers want to be confident that they will deliver value and can
effectively interoperate with other systems supporting their electronic
health records,” added Alvarez.
The vendors with whom these agreements were signed have demonstrated an
understanding of the requirements for the pan-Canadian electronic health
record and a commitment to interoperability. These vendors will work
with the eHealth Collaboratory, a leading-edge facility, to test the
conformance of their solutions to pan-Canadian standards. “This is an
excellent example of how vendors can work with Infoway and public sector
partners to help make electronic health records a reality across
Canada,” said Alvarez.
A key benefit of these types of agreements is that vendors will offer
preferred pricing arrangements to the jurisdictions, as well as
alternative pricing models such as provisions for a shared services
approach, where several hospitals or regions share the same system.
Vendors are also committed to providing service-level guarantees.
Infoway intends to sign similar agreements with other technology
providers in line with its mission to accelerate the development of
electronic health records. While Infoway believes that these agreements
offer significant value, the decision to procure these solutions rests
with the public sector partners.
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. The aim is to create a safer, more efficient
healthcare system. These solutions 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 and productivity.