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November 20, 2013 12:40 ET

Minister Ambrose Applauds Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario for Transforming Patient Care

e-Health enabling better, safer and faster management of patient information

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 20, 2013) - Today, on National Child Day, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, visited the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to see how the hospital is rolling out its electronic health record project.

"What I have seen here today is proof of how electronic health records are helping improve patient access to service, the quality of healthcare, and patient safety and productivity," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. "It's patients like Camryn who benefit from these kinds of innovative healthcare solutions".

"We couldn't ask for more when it comes to Camryn's care at CHEO - it's exceptional," said Sandra Wallace, mom to eight-year old CHEO patient Camryn who visits more than five out-patient clinics. "But the idea now that CHEO will be able to coordinate our appointments and get our test results - all in one visit - will really improve our experience and make our visits more efficient and focused."

Significant progress on electronic health records is being made across the country. Technology leaders, like CHEO, are using innovations like electronic health records to improve the quality of patient care and improve system efficiency.

"CHEO is very proud to be an innovator in Canada with electronic health records," said Alex Munter, president and CEO of CHEO. "This is a key supporting element of our CHEO next action plan; it will improve the patient experience, better connect care and put powerful new tools in the hands of our providers. We've just gone live with 'wave 1' of our deployment - our labs and a group of our ambulatory care clinics. We'll move on to another 72 clinics in the next 12 months, followed by our Emergency department, pharmacy and in-patient units over the next three years. We will connect parents and every health professional involved in a child's care to the information they need, at their fingertips."

"Ensuring that healthcare teams at CHEO have secure electronic access to charts and tools that support patient care is critical to improving the patient experience," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. "This is one of many examples of how federal funding is helping to provide better quality and access to care that results in more efficient delivery of healthcare for Canadians."

Through its investment of $2.1 billion, the Government of Canada is supporting Infoway in its work with the provinces and territories, health organizations, and stakeholders, to increase the deployment of electronic health records and other innovative technologies. Canada Health Infoway is contributing up to $2.8M of CHEO's overall project budget of $7.7M for this project.

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