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Electronic health records

Emergis wins new EHR contracts in Montreal

MONTREAL – Emergis Inc. announced a further expansion of its Oacis electronic health record (EHR) solution across the Montreal region, under an agreement with l’Agence de la sante et des services sociaux de Montreal (l’Agence).

Oacis has been purchased for six additional health authorities in the Montreal region: five health and social service centres, which can each include a hospital, community service centres (CLSCs) and residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs); and Hopital Santa Cabrini. Oacis will allow healthcare professionals at these hospitals and related facilities to rapidly and securely access a complete record of a patient’s health history online and in real-time.

The five health and social service centres (CSSSs) involved in the April 2007 announcement are CSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Ile, CSSS de LaSalle et du Vieux Lachine, CSSS Sud Ouest Verdun, CSSS d’Ahuntsic et Montreal-Nord and the CSSS Coeur-de-l’Ile. These health authorities include Lakeshore General Hospital, LaSalle Hospital, Lachine Hospital, Verdun Hospital, Hopital Fleury, Hopital Jean-Talon, as well as numerous CLSCs and CHSLDs.

In a first phase, l’Agence already authorized the deployment of Oacis at l’Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, l’Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal, l’Hopital Sainte-Justine, l’Institut de cardiologie de Montreal, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Centre.

“We view this as a clear endorsement of Oacis as a market-leading electronic health record solution for hospital and regional-level deployment,” said Mark Groper, Executive Vice-President responsible for Emergis’ Health (Public sector business. “We are very pleased to expand our relationship with one of the nation’s foremost healthcare delivery networks and to participate in moving care standards forward in the Montreal community. This significant expansion in the Oacis customer base is the direct result of the real value the solution provides to physicians and other clinicians.”

“We are pleased that Emergis is assisting us in accelerating the deployment of Oacis in these health authorities,” said David Levine, President and Director-general of l’Agence. “Oacis is already providing benefits to both physicians and patients within the region of Montreal and we are looking forward to completing its deployment across the entire Montreal region.”

Under the terms of the contract, Emergis provides 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 online 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 healthcare 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. Visit to view a clip of the World Business Review’s Health Journal Television, in which Montreal health care professionals discuss the benefits of Oacis.