Canada Invests in Health ITBy Stacy Lawrence | Posted 07-07-2005
Infoway is a partnership of federal, provincial and territorial governments. Its members are the deputy ministers of health from across Canada. Much of the money is earmarked for electronic health record projects in provinces and territories; Infoway will now cover an average of 75 percent of project costs rather than just 50 percent.
"Many challenges lie ahead, but we are starting to make a real dent with regard to achieving our mission," said Richard Alvarez, Infoway's president and CEO. "The projects we've started this year, which will be completed over the next couple of years, will go a long way toward meeting our objective of making electronic health records available for 50 percent of the population by the end of 2009."
In 2004-05, Infoway continued to focus on interoperability, ensuring that different systems can communicate with one another. It began updating the Electronic Health Record Solution (EHRS) Blueprintwhich shows how different components of the EHR system can interact with one anotherto include privacy and security architecture.
Infoway has investment strategies for all nine of its programs: infostructure, registries, diagnostic imaging, drug information systems, lab information systems, telehealth, health surveillance, interoperable EHR and innovation/adoption. Infoway approves an investment envelope for each program and then commits funds to specific projects in each program area.