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Two Ontario hospitals choose BizTalk, from Microsoft

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Microsoft Canada Co. announced that two hospitals, Winchester District Memorial Hospital and William Osler Health Centre, have chosen to implement Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006. The solution will help the hospitals integrate varied electronic healthcare systems and ease hospital administration challenges.

According to the company, the Microsoft-based solution will help reduce the amount of time and investment hospitals spend developing and managing point-to-point connections between health systems.

Leveraging BizTalk Server 2006 will help clinicians obtain information faster, which in turn can help free up time that they can spend on providing patient care and will hopefully contribute to reducing patient wait times.

William Osler Health Centre is the largest community hospital in Ontario. As a regional referral centre it provides acute care and ancillary health care to the growing and diverse communities of Etobicoke and Brampton. The organization is building a new 608-bed hospital that will open in October and required a new integration solution to meet the demands of its leading-edge electronic environment.

By deploying Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, the hospital will be able to help speed-up the connection between emergency, pharmacy, critical care and radiology systems, which will result in more integrated health records. As well, the IT team expects to gain more control over application connection interfaces, which will help them save time and operate efficiently.

“At a large-volume community hospital like William Osler Health Centre, the integration of data and systems at the point of service is critical to expediting patient care thus enhancing the patient experience,” said Judy Middleton, Chief Information Officer at William Osler Health Centre. “We looked at BizTalk Server 2006 across a number of criteria and found it was the best solution for our needs. Faster application integration times have made it easier for us to connect core systems in time for the opening of our new hospital.”

Located south of the Ottawa region with 55 beds, Winchester District Memorial Hospital (Winchester) is using BizTalk server to help it connect to the Enterprise Patient Match Index, an electronic record initiative overseen by the Champlain Local Healthcare Information Network, an electronic record initiative.

The system allows health professionals to quickly and easily access patient and lab information. The BizTalk-based solution is helping Winchester reduce the cost and effort needed to develop the interfaces needed to connect its various systems. The new platform integrates with the hospital’s systems in a near-seamless fashion, making interface development easier.

“The connection engines required to integrate applications within a hospital network have usually been too costly for us to consider. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 has made it possible for us to obtain an enterprise-grade solution that we feel is also affordable,” said Sean O’Brien, (pictured), Chief Technology Officer at Winchester Hospital. “Not only can Winchester help meet the growing requirements of our regional network, we can leverage the solution for future projects, including a new procurement process using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. It also enables a small hospital like ours to remain innovative.”

“As Canadian healthcare networks continue to expand and become more integrated, connecting clinical and medical systems is more critical than ever. Reducing the amount of time physicians spend searching for information is an important part of any strategy aiming to improve quality of care,” said Chris Brakel, Product Manager, eBusiness, Microsoft Canada Co. “Canadian hospitals are using BizTalk Server 2006 to help address some industry concerns to get the most out of their technology investments and take advantage of new opportunities to help improve health services.”