Personal health records
Infoway to certify consumer e-health
– Canada Health Infoway has unveiled plans for a new
certification service to help emerging consumer health solutions
complement and leverage Canada’s investments in e-health systems.
“As Canada’s health informatics industry evolves, it is essential that
emerging solutions leverage the progress made in every province and
territory that is implementing electronic health records,” said Richard
Alvarez (pictured), president and CEO of Infoway.
“The launch of our new certification service will help the vendor
community to develop new products accordingly, and will provide buyers
and users of those systems with some assurances the solutions are of
The new service will provide developers with greater market access,
improve the quality of products they develop and enhance testing
Organizations investing in certified solutions can expect a higher
degree of confidence that the products they purchase are reliable,
interoperable, private and secure.”
“We are pleased that Infoway is moving forward with certification of
health information technology solutions,” said Elaine McKnight,
Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IM/IT Division, B.C. Ministry
of Health. “Having an offering of certified solutions to choose from
will help speed implementation and adoption of private, secure and
interoperable EHR technologies.”
Infoway will formally launch the certification service in early 2009, at
which point it will accept applications for certification from
developers of consumer health platforms.
“Canadians want electronic access to their personal health information,
which is an important part of managing chronic illness and preventing
its onset,” said Alvarez.
“As health IT vendors develop solutions to address this demand, it is
essential that they are reliable, safeguard patient privacy and can
interoperate with the core elements of the electronic health record
infostructure that provinces and territories are implementing, in
collaboration with Infoway, throughout Canada.”
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every
province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of
electronic health record projects in Canada.
Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will
provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better
support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this
vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable
healthcare system for all Canadians.