Just three companies on Alberta’s
EDMONTON – Only three companies are
on Alberta’s newest Vendor Conformance and Usability Requirements (VCUR)
Product List, which is run by the provincial Physician Office Systems
Program (POSP). Physicians who select applications that have achieved
conformance are eligible for POSP grant funding.
The three companies currently on the list are: Clinicare, Jonoke and
Their VCUR status indicates they have successfully completed conformance
• VCUR v2 (April 18, 2006)
• Transfer and Conversion of Patient Data (TCoPD) specifications
(January 26, 2007)
• Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN) interoperability
specifications and limited production rollout (July 1, 2007)
All POSP Level 2 physicians must use a physician office system from this
list to receive future funding.
The POSP web site tells physicians
that: "If you do not see your current
physician office system on the new VCUR Product List, you should check
with your vendor regarding their plans for VCUR conformance. A number of
vendors are actively working towards achieving VCUR conformance in the
Practices using products from vendors who are not reinstated to this
list in the next few months will have 8 months from the date their
product was de-listed in which to select and install a new physician
office system. POSP Change Management Advisors are available for
consultation on this issue.
“An additional four vendors did not make Alberta’s VCUR Product
List in this latest round of conformance testing”, said Dennis Niebergal,
president & CEO of Clinicare. “That makes a total of 10 who have dropped off in the
past three months. We promised our existing Alberta Customer base that
we would remain an approved vendor in order for them to take advantage
of Alberta’s funding initiatives and we kept that promise.
Physicians using a product that conforms to the PIN interoperability or
‘system-to-system’ specifications will have an EMR that will be able to
retrieve prescribing and dispensing, allergy, and patient demographic
information from Alberta Netcare.
Any prescriptions or allergies that are recorded will automatically
populate PIN allowing other practitioners to access the patient’s most
current medication and allergy profile. This will augment the access to
Lab Test Results, which is being provided to practitioners through their
For more information, see www.posp.ab.ca.