System enables transfer of EMR over
VANCOUVER – Wolf Medical Systems, a
leading national provider of electronic medical records (EMR) software,
and Coalese Corporation, a healthcare data access and integration
specialist, have announced the successful pilot of a solution that
provides front-line healthcare workers – such as nurses and paramedics –
with access to vital patient information while they are in the field.
This innovative solution provides secure, browser-based access to key
portions of patient medical records stored in Wolf’s EMR system using
the Raven Patient Access and Collaboration solution from Coalese. While
tested using the Wolf EMR, the companies say the solution could be used
with any electronic medical record system.
Raven has been in field trials for over a month in the Calgary Rural
Primary Care Network, providing secure, role-based web browser access to
key portions of patient medical records stored in Wolf’s EMR system.
“The pilot project was in a rural one clinic town – which was part of
the point of this pilot, to improve information exchange in a rural
setting,” said Dr. Brendan Byrne, president of Wolf Medical Systems.
Raven allows authorized health professionals, such as nurses and
paramedics, to access key information in the Wolf EMR using mobile
devices – including smartphones, iPhones and Ultra MobilePCs (UMPCs).
Access on the devices is available from any location with cellular
“Currently the paramedic does a name search in Raven; if the patient
belongs to our clinic (Foothills Family Medical Centre, in Black
Diamond, Alberta), then the patient record is in the database. We have
over 30,000 patient records for most patients in the area, so there’s a
very high likelihood that the patient will be in the database,” said Dr.
Jacques Branch, Medical Director, CRPCN and Foothills Family Medical
Centre. “It’s certainly a practical solution for any paramedic in our
Healthcare workers have responded to their new remote EMR access
abilities with enthusiasm and have already seen an improvement in
patient outcomes by having important data such as alerts, medications
and allergies available to them from any browser-enabled device.
Nurses, paramedics and other health care professionals are better able
to respond to patient needs and emergency situations using this
collaborative approach. The solution is flexible and secure, allowing
each individual physician to determine what information will be allowed
to be accessed, and by whom.
The solution was developed and delivered at low cost in a period of just
a few months, and plans are under way to deliver it to a wider number of
users in the Calgary Rural area; it will then be rolled out to
additional regions within Alberta, B.C., Ontario and other provinces.
Building on this successful initial field trial, Wolf and Coalese are
embarking on a proof of concept implementation using Wolf’s EMR System
and Coalese’s Raven Patient Access and Collaboration tool to deliver
patient portal capabilities at a large multi-disciplinary clinic in West
Patients will be able to subscribe to the Patient Portal and obtain
web-based, online access to key portions of their medical records. This
capability will be available in a few months for a few dozen physicians
and potentially thousands of patients.
The projects at Calgary Rural PCN and in West Vancouver BC are among the
first such implementations of their kind in North America to provide
allied healthcare workers and patients with access to EMR records from
mobile and remote web-enabled devices. This solution has already proven
that it can improve collaboration in primary care and enable patients to
take a more active role in managing their own health.
About Wolf Medical Systems
Wolf Medical Systems is a leading national provider of electronic
medical records (EMR) software for physician offices and medical clinics
across Canada. Founded in 1998, the company has hundreds of installed
sites and thousands of physicians and allied healthcare users across
Canada. Wolf’s EMR software includes a complete set of
physician-designed applications that automate the processes of billing,
scheduling, workflow planning, chronic disease management and clinical
practice for physician offices and medical clinics within the context o
feach province’s unique regulatory environments. For more information on
Wolf Medical Systems, visit
About Coalese Corporation
Coalese Corporation is a Calgary-based company specializing in
healthcare data access and integration solutions. Coalese provides
products and services that enable mobile and remote access to select
patient medical information in electronic medical record (EMR)
Coalese also delivers solutions that provide seamless integration of
multiple clinics/regions, lab results, lab ordering/requisitions,
admission/discharge notifications, diagnostic imaging/notes(PACS), and
other data directly into EMR systems. Coalese’s solutions are
characterized by minimal or no IT support requirements, low cost and
rapid implementation timeframes, typically measured in weeks through the
utilitization of integration appliances.
Coalese endeavors to make data and knowledge that is stored in EMR
systems more valuable and actionable to promote more effective primary
care team communications and thus improve patient outcomes.