Fall 2005

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Projects support development of the provincial electronic health record

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These projects will assist physicians in providing improved patient care by making comprehensive patient information available in a timelier manner.

by Lucy MacDonald

Several provincial collaborative projects are moving forward at the Centre for Health Information that will assist in the development of the Health Information Network and support person-specific electronic health records in Newfoundland and Labrador. These projects will result in the availability of information technologies that will assist physicians in providing improved patient care by making comprehensive patient information available in a timelier manner.

An electronic health record (EHR) provides individuals with a secure lifetime record of their key health history and care within a health care system, including, but not limited to, prescription information, laboratory test results, and DI/PACS information. The record will eventually be available electronically to authorized health care providers anywhere, anytime, and in support of high quality care.

The last few months have seen significant movement in the development of several key components of the EHR.

Pharmacy Network

The Centre has signed a letter of intent with the Emergis Consortium for purposes of negotiating a detailed contract for the development of the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Network. The negotiated contract and a detailed implementation plan will be submitted to government for approval in late 2005. This project will serve as a reference best-of-breed project for all provinces and territories to follow and will be supported with substantial funding from Canada Health Infoway.


The province is moving forward with the development of a provincial archive for computerized diagnostic images. This will involve additional investment from the province in regional DI/PACS systems and will be supplemented by funding from Infoway to allow the eventual sharing of digital images province-wide. The Department of Health and Community Services, in collaboration with the regional health authorities, are leading this initiative and the Centre for Health Information is providing project management and technical expertise to support its success.

Laboratory Information System

Discussions have begun with Infoway and the Regional Integrated Health Authorities on a provincial lab information system. This system will leverage the lab information systems currently in place in the province in a project similar to DI/PACS. The key element of this project is the inclusion of the interoperability technology that will allow for the presentation of health information from multiple clinical environments (e.g., Pharmacy and DI/PACS) into one viewer/portal province-wide.


Canada Health Infoway has approved funding for Phase 1 of the Newfoundland and Labrador Telehealth Strategy. The eventual outcome of the telehealth strategy will be the integration of telehealth technologies and methodologies into the day-to-day delivery of health care province wide.

Primary Health Care

In the near future, the Centre will issue an request for proposals, in collaboration with the Office of Primary Health Care, to identify solutions for a practice management/electronic medical record that will meet the needs of two of the primary health care resource sites in St. John’s.

If you would like more information on the projects mentioned in this article, please contact Lucy McDonald, Director, Privacy and Communications at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information.



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