Fall 2004

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Work continues on Pharmacy Network


The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information continues with background work on the proposed Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Network.

     The Newfoundland and 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 service providers.
     Canada 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.
     The 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 funding.
     The 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.
     As 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.


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