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Healthcare IT and Biotechnology News Release
Date of Publication: Monday, February 14, 2005

Eight Montreal Healthcare Sites Choose Oacis for Electronic Health Record

DINMAR, a leading North American healthcare information technology company, announced today that in a large- scale effort to consolidate, streamline, and improve the electronic flow of patient information across numerous systems, the Montreal-based McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal (CHUM) have collaborated with each other and have signed an agreement to implement DINMAR's Oacis EHR as their electronic health record system.
OTTAWA -- DINMAR, a leading North American healthcare information technology company, announced today that in a large- scale effort to consolidate, streamline, and improve the electronic flow of patient information across numerous systems, the Montreal-based McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal (CHUM) have collaborated with each other and have signed an agreement to implement DINMAR's Oacis EHR as their electronic health record system. It should be noted that in order to respect the laws in force concerning the safety and confidentiality of clinical data, each establishment will have its own application and data base completely independent of the other establishment. When fully implemented across all care venues enterprise-wide, the Oacis system will help manage more than 2800 beds, 80,000 inpatient stays, and over 1.6 million outpatient visits annually.


"With involvement from numerous stakeholders across both provider organizations, a public RFP and a thorough search was conducted among the major EHR suppliers and Oacis was the clear choice of both organizations for a variety of reasons," remarked Jean Huot, CIO of the CHUM and the MUHC. "The level of functionalities achieved by the product, its user-friendliness and its bilingual capabilities were big winners with our selection committees. Our technology teams were attracted to its ability to quickly connect separate systems across all sites, thus preserving our current I.T. investments. From an executive viewpoint, Oacis fully supports our strategy to consolidate clinical information systems across diverse healthcare delivery landscapes as well as contribute to improving care quality," said Huot.


O A C I S (equal sign) Open Architecture Clinical Information System


With a clinical data repository at its core, Oacis' hallmark open architecture platform provides a wealth of advantages including a built-in integration engine, which enables interoperability among separate systems. The enterprise master patient index application identifies patients across all organizations and automatically eliminates duplicate records as they flow through the network. Oacis' underlying Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database management system from Sybase, in combination with its overarching technologies and clinical applications, ensures caregivers have access to a complete and accurate patient record throughout broad and complex organizations.


"The selection of Oacis at the CHUM and the MUHC continues to re-enforce the strong market need for open systems which empower healthcare sites to deploy robust yet easy-to-use EHR functionality," said Mark Groper, President and CEO, DINMAR. "Although the competition is always very challenging, we knew early on that the Oacis solution was perfectly suited for the complex needs of the MUHC and the CHUM. We look forward to helping these world-renowned healthcare organizations meet their clinical and operational goals."


Due to its innovative and intuitive user interface, Oacis Order Management has won accolades from physicians who agree it is the most comprehensive solution for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) available today. Also, the built-in drug prescription capabilities instantly respond with appropriate alerts to patient specific information located within the record. Integrated with the CPOE is Oacis' flexible clinical documentation module that allows clinicians to record a broad spectrum of plans, actions, observations, and results. Moreover, while alternative systems struggle with performance issues, Oacis can significantly scale up in size and still provide clinicians with rapid response time.


WORLD RENOWNED HEALTH CENTERS


The CHUM is a university hospital centre that provides specialized and superspecialized services to a regional and supraregional clientele. Within its more immediate coverage area, it also offers general and specialized hospital care and services. All of these services contribute to teaching, research and the assessment of technologies as well as healthcare methodologies. These services are provided within integrated networks. The CHUM also contributes to continually promoting front-line health services. The CHUM's research centre employs more than 300 researchers who work in various fields to improve the public's well-being. Hotel-Dieu, Hopital Notre-Dame and Hopital Saint-Luc merged in 1996 to form the CHUM, which now counts 10,000 employees, 1000 physicians and 800 volunteers who render services to more than 500,000 patients each year.


The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University - the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological hospitals, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.


The collaborative efforts of the MUHC and the CHUM serve an increasingly diverse multicultural community, communicating with patients in over 40 languages. One third of the patients seeking its ultra-specialized care come from regions of Quebec outside of Montreal, from other parts of Canada, and from the United States.


ABOUT DINMAR


DINMAR is a leading North American healthcare information technology solutions provider. The company's Oacis EHR product was instrumental in launching the "open systems" revolution, which spawned many innovative technologies and clinical-interoperability standards in commercial use today.


For more information, please visit www.dinmar.com .


Source: DINMAR CONSULTING, INC.



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