Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) continues with
background work on the proposed Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy
Network. The Pharmacy Network will provide integration of health
information among physician offices, community and institutional
pharmacies, hospital emergency rooms, and other authorized health
Health Infoway has agreed to fund a request for proposals process
for the Pharmacy Network. The cost of developing the RFP and
activities associated with the tendering and evaluation process will
be approximately $500,000 over a six-month period. NLCHI has asked
the government for approval to proceed with the RFP.
Diagnostic Imaging/Picture Archiving and Communications System (DI/PACS)
project which will expand the use of electronic diagnostic images
and reports (e.g., film-less x-rays, MRI, ultrasounds, CT,
angiography, etc.) in an expeditious and cost-effective manner has
been approved for funding by Canada Health Infoway. This project is
being led by the provincial Department of Health and Community
Services. NLCHI’s role is to ensure that DI/PACS is available
through the Unique Personal Identifier/Client Registry System. This
planning exercise will cost approximately $180,000 and will identify
components of the current PACS projects being undertaken by the
regional health boards that can be used to leverage additional
testing of the upgraded Unique Personal Identifier/Client Registry
System (UPI) software at the regional health boards and MCP is
ongoing and will be completed with all sites being live in October
2004. The Health Care Corporation of St. John’s has been using the
upgraded functionality of the new software since July. Physicians
will benefit from the UPI, and its ability to identify uniquely
patients and their MCP eligibility, upon completion of the proposed
Electronic Medical Record.
part of its national leadership position on client registries, NLCHI
has hosted site visits from Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
NELL — the NLMA electronic medical
record — is being developed to complement NLCHI initiatives.