Two Canadian developments on the electronic medical records front:
Telus and Microsoft are developing a patient-centred system that would allow individuals to access and manage their medical records and would interface directly with health care providers’ systems to gather and share the data. Canada Health Infoway wants to make sure it’s secure. The CBC story mentions that the IBM/Google Health team is looking at a Canadian implementation as well.
GE held an event today at MaRS launching a global healthcare initiative — called “healthymagination” — with announcements in 4 other cities around the world including Washington.
GE is devoting $6 billion over the next 6 years to meet three goals by 2015: reduce the cost of healthcare by 15% (focusing on procedures and processes); increase access by 15% (to services, technologies and health education); and improve quality by 15% (partner with physicians and stakeholders to simplify procedures and accelerate adoption of standards of care).
The initiative was introduced in Toronto by Elyse Allan, President & CEO of GE Canada, and by Peter Robertson, General Manager of GE Healthcare Canada, who did a good job of speaking to Canadian-specific issues. One program that was heavily discussed was the Pan Northern Ontario PACS Project (PNOP) agreement with GE Healthcare for the creation of a Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r) and longitudinal patient records across northern Ontario. The program is being funded in part by Canada Health Infoway and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s eHealth Program.
April 7, 2009
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As the momentum behind electronic medical records builds, New York-Presbyterian Hospital — with the help of the Microsoft Health Solutions Group — has kicked it up a notch with MyNYP.org, an electronic personal health record. According to a report in the New York Times on Sunday:
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital … is the first large institution to move beyond the pilot stage this week as it begins to offer consumer-controlled health records for patients…
The NYP initiative facilitates the transfer of medical information into personal electronic records that are not tied to any institution. According to the Times, Google has entered into similar partnerships with large healthcare providers so there’s more to come.
March 14, 2009
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When we identified electronic medical records as a trend in 2009, it was before $19 billion of the stimulus was allocated to implementing EMR. With that money on the table, the movement toward wide scale implementation has only accelerated:
- This week, Walmart announced that it will be offering an EMR solution through Sam’s Club, using Dell for computers and eClinicalWorks for software. Walmart says it has been considering the move long before the stimulus announcement, but the pricing — under $25,000 for the first physician in a practice, about $10,000 for each additional doctor with annual maintenance and support costs around $4,000 to $6,500 a year — matches the $40,000 per physician in the stimulus quite well for practices with 2+ physicians.
- Last time we talked about Google and EMR, Google was denying an effort to deliberately reduce EMR privacy rights. This week, we heard about an inadvertent privacy breach at Google Docs (that’s documents, not doctors), in which documents were shared with unintended recipients. That’s probably okay for my term paper, but it’s not okay for my MRI.
February 4, 2009
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EMR got a boost in Canada’s budget, and is getting traction in the U.S. as well. In Canada, EMR initiatives are likely to be implemented by the Provincial health plans directly, with back-end services from a variety of vendors. In the U.S., the ultimate structure is less clear. Google has tried to get ahead of the trend (as has Microsoft), and the WSJ Health Blog had an interesting post last week:
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