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Infoway adds new certification categories

TORONTO – Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) has added four new offerings to its pre-implementation Certification Service. Health information technology vendors can now receive certification for consumer health applications, client registries, provider registries, and immunization registries.

Receiving the ‘Infoway Certified’ mark provides vendors of health information technology products a competitive advantage in the marketplace by signalling their commitment and leadership to pan-Canadian standards and best practices.

“The certification mark signals a level of quality to buyers,” says Richard Alvarez, CEO of Canada Health Infoway. “It tells the buyer that a vendor’s solution meets pan-Canadian standards and will increase the recognition, acceptance and adoption of trusted, interoperable health information technology solutions in the Canadian marketplace.”

Infoway is the only organization in Canada certifying health information technology systems against pan-Canadian electronic health record (EHR) standards. Having produced national interoperability standards and a technology framework for the sustainable development of an interoperable EHR system across Canada, Infoway is well positioned to ensure current and emerging products provide required privacy and security and can interoperate with the EHR systems being implemented across the country.

The four new offerings join the pre-implementation Certification Services for consumer health platforms, which was launched in February 2009.

Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of electronic health record projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

Posted Dec.10, 2009

 

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