Montreal hospitals integrate paper and
MONTREAL - Two major
Canadian academic health centres are deploying integrated document
management and workflow software at eight hospitals in the province of
The hospitals are affiliated with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université
de Montréal, or CHUM, and the McGill University Health Centre, or MUHC.
The new software, from Cincinnati, Ohio-based Streamline Health
Solutions, will be integrated into an electronic medical record system
that was rolled out in a prior phase across the various sites.
“This integrated document scanning and management solution will result
in significant time savings for our clinicians and allow our hospitals
to achieve enhanced efficiencies,” said Jean Huot (pictured above), CIO
of the CHUM and the MUHC. “The valuable time saved in accessing and
managing archived documentation can be reinvested with the patient.”
The two health systems currently use the Oacis EMR system from
Montreal-based Emergis, Inc. Emergis is a subsidiary of TELUS, a major
Canadian telecommunications firm.
Mark Groper, an executive vice president at Emergis, said the new
software provides a consolidated view into a patient’s complete history
of care and allows physicians to electronically review and sign
document-based clinical records in Oacis.
“We are taking our electronic health record offering one step further,
allowing healthcare providers to have immediate access to patients’
clinical data, be it scanned or electronic, through one single
application,” said Groper, who added that the software works
particularly well in hybrid environments, where electronic health
records still coexist with paper.
This application leverages Emergis’ recently announced partnership with
Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. Emergis has integrated Streamline
Health’s accessANYware document management and chart completion workflow
solution into its Oacis electronic medical record solution.
The integrated solution addresses clinicians’ need for immediate access
to patient records in hybrid environments, where electronic health
records still coexist with paper. CHUM and MUHC will be the first sites
in Canada to deploy the integrated solution.
TELUS is working to become a leader in healthcare transformation in
Canada, the company said. In January, 2008, TELUS acquired Emergis,
further investing in its healthcare and financial services capabilities,
building healthcare industry expertise and delivering innovative
Emergis, a TELUS company, has a strong presence in both healthcare
claims processing and pharmacy management systems in Canada, with
industry leading applications and services. It is a leader in electronic
health record solutions for the exchange, integration, sharing and
retrieval of electronic health information. Emergis’ electronic health
records and information systems, combined with TELUS’ national network
and hosting capabilities, are said to provide a platform for healthcare
transformation in Canada.
About CHUM and MUHC
With more than 20,000 employees and 2 million visits per year, the
Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the McGill
University Health Centre (MUHC) are leading academic health centres,
offering specialized and highly specialized medical care. Their mission
includes patient care, research and teaching.
Emergis, a TELUS company, is a North American IT leader that focuses on
the health and financial services sectors. It develops and manages
solutions that automate transactions and the secure exchange of
information to increase the process efficiency and quality of service of
its customers. Emergis has expertise in electronic health-related claims
processing, health record systems, pharmacy management solutions, cash
management and loan document processing and registration. For more
information on Oacis, visit
About Streamline Health Solutions, Inc.
Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. is a leading supplier of workflow and
document management tools, applications and services that enable
strategic business partners and healthcare organizations to improve
operational efficiencies through business process optimization. The
company provides integrated technology solutions for automating
document-intensive environments, including document workflow, document
management, e-forms, portal connectivity, optical character recognition
(OCR), and interoperability.
Streamline Health’s solutions create a permanent document-based
repository of historical health information that is complementary and
can be seamlessly integrated with existing disparate clinical, financial
and administrative information systems, providing convenient electronic
access to all forms of patient information from any location, including
secure web-based access. For additional information, visit