TELUS signs agreements with KinLogix Medical (QC), Healthscreen Solutions (ON) and Wolf Medical Systems (AB, BC) to launch consumer health pilots targeting six million Canadians
Montreal, PQ – TELUS today announced another significant milestone in its commitment to help revolutionize healthcare. Agreements have been signed with three of Canada's leading electronic medical record (EMR) providers to connect their solutions to the TELUS health space platform. With the integration of EMRs, patients and service providers will be able to securely access and share health information electronically transferred from their medical file over any Internet connection from any location and at any time. Consumer pilots will begin in Quebec with KinLogix this quarter and roll-out across Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia starting in the second quarter
TELUS health space, powered by Microsoft HealthVault, is a secure and confidential online consumer platform and the first of its kind in Canada. TELUS health space will provide Canadians with one of the most fundamentally important pieces of the healthcare puzzle – access and management of their own health information.
“With 61 per cent of consumers asking for their physician, hospital or the government to provide them with a personal heath record (PHR) or online medical record, our partnerships with KinLogix, Healthscreen and Wolf will help to answer this need,” said Paul Lepage, senior vice president, TELUS Health Solutions. “Through TELUS health space, we are empowering Canadians with an electronic health platform that will improve health outcomes for themselves and their families. Our goal is to help put the patient first, improve the flow of information across the continuum of care and shift the focus from the remediation to the prevention of disease.”
TELUS health space will give Canadians the ability to create, store and manage their family's health information in a safe environment utilizing the latest in encryption and protection technology. This includes moving personal health information quickly and securely across the healthcare continuum whether they are at home, in a clinic, at a hospital or wherever consumers' lifestyles or business travels take them.
Health consumers want trustworthy and reliable data fed into their PHRs. With EMR functionality, information may be entered into the TELUS health space account in two ways:
• the physician updates the PHR and the data flows automatically into the patient's profile;
• patients automatically transfer readings from medical devices such as blood pressure, glucose monitors, pedometers and more directly to their PHR.
KinLogix Medical is Quebec's foremost developer and provider of medical data information systems. With clinics throughout the province, KinLogix has over 1,500 physicians and a patient base of two million. In Ontario, Healthscreen Solutions provides software and services to 5,500 doctors with 1,500 of them also using the company's EMR solution. These physicians have an average of 1,500 patients in their care. The west coast's premier EMR vendor, Wolf Medical Systems, enables 800 physicians in Alberta and 500 in British Columbia to manage medical records for over 2 million patients and has launched a patient portal application that will also be connected to TELUS health space.
About KinLogix Medical
KinLogix Medical is a Canadian company offering electronic health record (EHR) technology to physicians and health care professionals. This technology was first implemented within family medicine groups in April 2007. Now, KinLogix Medical may be found in over 100 centres throughout the province of Quebec, including specialist clinics. This application differs from the competition through its delivery of an affordable, user-friendly, mobile and secure solution. Written for the Microsoft.net Framework, KinLogix is also an ASP solution that uses "smart client". Data is securely hosted on offsite servers. In the event of a telecommunications outage at the clinic, KinLogix may be run locally under limited conditions. Clinicians benefit from secure access to their medical records from any location and at any time. KinLogix Medical recently signed an agreement with TELUS Health Solutions to integrate its solution into the TELUS health space platform and the Oacis electronic clinical environment.
About Wolf Medical Systems
Wolf Medical Systems is the West's dominant provider of electronic medical records (EMR) software for physician offices and medical clinics. Founded in 1998, the company has hundreds of installed sites supporting thousands of physicians and allied healthcare users across Canada. Wolf's EMR software includes a complete suite of physician-designed applications that automate and simplify the process of clinical practice while empowering physicians to improve clinical outcomes for their patients. For more information on Wolf Medical Systems, visit www.wolfmedical.com.
About Healthscreen Solutions Inc.
Healthscreen Solutions Inc. (www.healthscreen.com) provides a comprehensive suite of practice enhancing products and services to increase physician productivity and revenue while reducing costs and improving patient care. The Company's portfolio includes billing and scheduling software, electronic medical records software, and Physician Services which assist physicians in enhancing patient care, while increasing clinic revenue and efficiency. Healthscreen's services and software are used by over 5,000 full-time physicians who are responsible for the health care of more than six million Canadians.
About TELUS Health Solutions
TELUS Health Solutions is a leader in telehealth, electronic health records, remote patient monitoring, mobile home and community care, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management. Our solutions give health authorities, providers, primary care physicians, patients and consumers the power to enhance decision making and improve outcomes for Canadians. TELUS Health Solutions is transforming how information is used across the continuum of care from hospital to home with solutions that foster collaboration, drive prevention and empower care teams and patients. TELUS Health Solutions is Canada's leading Healthcare IT Company as cited by the Branham Group for the last three years and for being honoured as the ITAC Health Company of the Year (2008) and Health Transformation Company of the Year (2009). For more information about TELUS Health Solutions, please visit www.telushealth.com and www.telushealthspace.com.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 12.1 million customer connections including 6.9 million wireless subscribers, 3.8 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 266,000 TELUS TV customers.
Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $211 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
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