ICC HealthNet clinics install
CLINICARE Corp. of Calgary has announced the latest
addition to its Canadian customer base, ICC HealthNet Canada Inc. (ICCHN).
HealthNet is a Canadian company that currently provides primary care
services for over 800,000 patient visits at its eight integrated Care
Centres. These Care Centres, located in Mississauga, London, Toronto,
Ottawa and Sarnia, combine family medicine, urgent care, and
ICCHN is planning to expand its multidisciplinary Care Centre clinical
model, with new locations in Brampton, Edmonton, Calgary, and
Collingwood. It also plans an expansion of services provided in the
existing clinics in London and Ottawa.
Moreover, ICC HealthNet has acquired a multi-location
rehabilitation/physiotherapy provider that will complement the existing
Care Centre locations. ICCHN’s goal is to become the leading national
provider of integrated primary healthcare services in Canada.
In 2006, ICCHN will commence implementing Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
in its Care Centres. Eventually 63 physicians in 30 centres will use the
EMR system for all patient encounters.
“Electronic Medical Records will further improve the clinician’s
practice efficiency and satisfaction, and will result in patient access
to their medical information, health and wellness and adherence
programs”, says ICC HealthNet CEO Kim H. Wei.
ICC HealthNet chose CLINICARE to install the EMR after carefully
investigating all EMR vendors in Canada. “We chose CLINICARE because
their system is robust, suitable for multiple sites, and will adapt for
use by allied health professionals as well as physicians,” explains Wei.
“CLINICARE products also have excellent functionality and their users
expressed confidence in CLINICARE’s experience, longevity and
Implementation will take place at one Care Centre at a time. The first
Care Centre to go live will be Queentario in Mississauga, Ont. (practice
management applications – PMA) in October 2006. The second will be the
Sarnia-Lambton Care Centre in Sarnia, Ontario (PMA and EMR) followed by
the Byron Medical Centre in London, Ont. (PMA and EMR).
“We are delighted that ICC HealthNet Canada Inc. has chosen CLINICARE to
install the electronic medical record in their facilities,” says Dennis
Niebergal, President and CEO of CLINICARE. “This is a large, multi-site,
multidisciplinary venture for us. We are looking forward to utilizing
our software to address the needs of physiotherapists and other allied
health professionals working in HealthNet Care Centres. This is an
On a related note, CLINICARE also announced that The Winnipeg Clinic, in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, is adopting the company’s EMR system. The Winnipeg
Clinic, owned and operated by 55 physicians, is one of the largest
multi-specialty clinics in Canada and offers a wide range of diagnostic
facilities and health related services to its patients.
CLINICARE is upgrading the clinic’s practice management applications
(patient scheduling and billing software) and installing Electronic
Medical Records (EMR). The new practice management applications are up
and running and the first group of physicians have commenced using the
EMR system for all their patient encounters.
The physicians and staff at the Winnipeg Clinic decided unanimously to
introduce an electronic medical record. They were becoming increasingly
frustrated and stressed by the clinic’s antiquated and inefficient paper
medical records system, suggests Winnipeg family physician Dr. Felix
The clinic currently stores up to 600,000 paper charts on an entire
floor of its 12-story building. “The return on investment from the
transition to electronic charts will not only be monetary, but will
include improved quality of care for patients and quality of life for
physicians and staff,” said Dr. Sikora.
CLINICARE Corp. (www.clinicare.com)
has specialized in software development for the ambulatory physician
market since 1984. In 2005 CLINICARE won the Canadian Health Informatics
Awards for Company of the Year and Corporate Citizenship. CLINICARE has
also received the Best in Klas Achievement Award three years in a row
for being North America’s highest rated ambulatory electronic medical
record (EMR) for groups of 6-25 physicians. The company has branch
offices in the United States and Canada. Its head office is in Calgary,