QHR Technologies Inc. today announced that the Company has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire up to 100% of the shares in Clinicare Corporation, a privately held Calgary based Electronic Medical Records company. The purchase is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval, Clinicare shareholder acceptance and to normal closing conditions, which is expected to be completed by the end of November, 2009. [Read more…]
MedPlus, the healthcare information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), announced today that it has been recognized as the health care industry’s number one Document Management & Imaging (DMI) vendor for its ChartMaxx® enterprise-wide electronic patient record system in the KLAS (1) Enterprise DMI: Finding the Right Stepping-Stone to Full EMR report issued on October 2, 2009 (www.KLASresearch.com). ChartMaxx provides health care institutions with the ability to scan, interface, create, archive, electronically validate, and view stored documents and images.
KLAS, an independent research firm, bases its rankings on interviews with healthcare executives, professionals and clinicians at more than 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics. KLAS independently monitors vendor performance through the active participation of thousands of healthcare organizations and uses a stringent methodology to ensure all data and ratings are accurate, honest and impartial. [Read more…]
In a Special Report to be tabled today in the Legislative Assembly, Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter describes Ontario’s almost decade-long, $1-billion initiative to create an Electronic Health Record (EHR) as “lacking in strategic direction and relying too heavily on external consultants.” McCarter concludes that “Ontario taxpayers have not received value for money for this $1-billion investment.”
The Legislative Assembly and the media have in the last several months questioned contracts awarded by eHealth Ontario – the recently created agency that took over responsibility for creating EHRs to deliver better, more cost-effective health care to Ontarians – charging they were often awarded without an open competitive process. McCarter said this was “undoubtedly” the case. He also found evidence of “questionable procurement practices” in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry) and at the Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA). [Read more…]
According to a recently released annual report from Canada Health Infoway, the organization in charge of the national EHR program since its inception in 2001, only 17 percent of residents had a core Electronic Health Record in place on March 31, 2009. This remains well short of their stated goal of 50% by March 31st 2010.
To date Infoway and its partners have launched 283 projects that have either been completed or are underway, the value of which exceeds 1.5 Billion dollars.
The report lists Infoways stated Goals for March 31st 2010 as:
- By 2010, every province and territory and the populations they serve will benefit from new health information systems that will help transform their help care system; and
- Further, by 2010, 50% of Canadians will have their electronic health record available to their authorized professionals who provided their health care services.