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Electronic health records

Emergis signs contract to deploy EHR across Montreal

MONTREAL – Emergis Inc. announced that its electronic health record (EHR) system, Oacis, has been purchased for deployment across the Montreal region. The first phase in the new wave of deployment involves six hospitals.

The hospitals included in the announcement include: l’Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, l’Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal, l’Hopital Sainte-Justine, l’Institut de cardiologie de Montreal (Montreal Heart Institute), Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Centre.

Already installed in the eight hospitals or institutes representing the McGill University Health Centre and Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal, the Oacis EHR system will help improve the quality of patient care in hospitals across the Montreal region.

The Montreal-region hospitals where Oacis is already installed include those of Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (l’Hotel-Dieu, l’Hopital Notre-Dame and l’Hopital Saint-Luc, and those of the McGill University Health Centre (the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Neurological Hospital and Montreal Chest Institute.

L’Agence de la sante et des services sociaux de Montreal (l’Agence) is administering a single regional contract for the current and subsequent phases of this major, multi-million dollar project.

“Our top priority is the delivery of quality healthcare to the 1.8 million people in the Montreal region. After an evaluation of available EHR alternatives and its approval by the hospitals involved, Oacis was chosen as the best solution for both clinicians and patients, and for its ability to interoperate with other systems,” said David Levine (pictured), President and Director-general of l’Agence.

“The installation of this system is a key step in the creation of an integrated health network, providing clinicians with real-time access to patient information across the region,” Mr. Levine continued. “It is already providing benefits within the two Montreal university health centres, leading to enhanced quality of care, better clinical outcomes and lower overall cost.”

“The Montreal-region contract is a major move forward in the execution of Emergis’ EHR strategy,” said Francois Cote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emergis. “It is a strong endorsement of Oacis as the leading Canadian EHR system on the market today. We are very proud to be part of this major undertaking to improve overall patient care in the Montreal region.”

The installation of the full suite of Oacis web-based products across the region will begin in the spring of 2007. Under the terms of the contract, Emergis will provide the professional resources required for the implementation of the system based on the needs of l’Agence.

Oacis modules to be installed include: a clinical viewer, which enables clinicians to quickly access the patient’s on-line record from any secure Internet connection; an order management capability to provide more informed decision-making, reduce medication errors and increase patient safety; and online clinical documentation modules to record clinical observations and create clinical notes, resulting in a significant reduction in handwritten information and the electronic transformation of clinical processes.

About Oacis
Oacis is an interoperable EHR solution that addresses all aspects of patient record-keeping to support patient management as well as clinical care. An interoperable EHR solution allows clinicians from multiple health delivery institutions to view and update an integrated patient health record, which includes demographic, diagnostic imaging, drug, laboratory, infectious disease, immunization and other relevant health information anywhere, any time. It ensures that caregivers have access to complete, accurate, and up-to-date patient records across geographic regions and within multiple health care organizations, which often have different information systems. The Oacis solution supports health care professionals with collaborative tools which permit better informed decisions, driving improvements in the quality of care and patient outcomes and improved patient safety. Already installed in hospitals in Canada, the United States and Australia, Emergis expects to expand its client base in other geographic areas.

About Emergis
Emergis is an IT leader in Canada that focuses on the health and financial services sectors. It develops and manages solutions that automate transactions and the exchange of information to increase the process efficiency and quality of service of its clients. Emergis has expertise in electronic health-related claims processing, health record systems, pharmacy management solutions, cash management and mortgage document processing and registration. In Canada, Emergis and its subsidiaries deliver solutions to the main insurance companies, top financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals, large corporations, real estate lawyers and notaries and approximately 40% of all pharmacies.