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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre takes the next step to improve the quality of healthcare for Ontario patients


Major teaching hospital uses web platform to support information sharing in multi-million dollar deal with TELUS Health Solutions

Toronto, ON – TELUS Health Solutions today announced a multi-million dollar deal with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to upgrade the hospital’s existing electronic medical record (EMR) implementation to TELUS’ advanced web-based platform. With technology, Sunnybrook is improving its ability to share patient information among clinicians, optimizing efficiencies and enhancing the quality of patient care.

“Sunnybrook has always been on the leading edge of using technology to deliver the best possible care; implementing technology and systems that support our clinicians by facilitating decision-making, improving diagnosis and enhancing patient care and patient safety,” said Barry McLellan, president and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

“Migrating to the next generation of Oacis EMR will give our healthcare professionals online access to comprehensive patient information at the point of care. This will help evaluate patient response to treatment and improve patient safety. We expect this new platform and our TELUS Health Solutions partnership will help achieve our vision of inventing the future of healthcare.”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is currently using TELUS Health Solutions’ Oacis platform, a fully interoperable acute care EMR system. It is upgrading to Oacis 7.3.0, which includes advanced EMR functionality such as Clinician Order Entry and Clinical Documentation which will allow clinicians to more quickly enter clinical data and orders as well as seamlessly view all aspects of patient information. Oacis allows healthcare providers to capture and display every aspect of patient care from admission to discharge. At Sunnybrook the technology has been used to support a patient-controlled life-long health record.

“Healthcare runs on information and the way it is used can mean the difference between life and death,” said Francois Cote, president of TELUS Health Solutions. “Our Oacis solution is rapidly becoming the platform of choice for multi-site healthcare operations, and regional organizations across Canada and abroad. It enables them to implement and support advanced enterprise level EMRs, as well as meet electronic health record needs by consolidating vast amounts of data into meaningful, intuitive clinical information, and enabling clinicians to make life-critical decisions with confidence.”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is inventing the future of healthcare for the one million patients the hospital cares for each year through the dedication of its more than 10,000 staff and volunteers. An internationally recognized leader in research and education and a full affiliation with the University of Toronto distinguishes Sunnybrook as one of Canada’s premier academic health sciences centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for Canada’s war veterans, high-risk pregnancies, critically-ill newborns, adults, the elderly, and treating and preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions and traumatic injuries.

TELUS Health Solutions, backed by Emergis, represents a unique set of technology, expertise and resources to help transform how information is used in the healthcare industry.

TELUS Health Solutions has years of expertise in successfully implementing healthcare applications and information communication technology processes through industry leading solutions and consulting services to customers in Canada and around the world. It is backed by more than 1,500 TELUS Health Solutions team members including healthcare professionals.

TELUS Health Solutions was named the 2008 Health Company of the Year by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).


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