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Baycrest first in healthcare with sector cloud

TORONTO – Baycrest, a Toronto hospital and research centre specializing in aging populations, has allied with global software giant Microsoft and its partner company Orangutech to create a web-based “cloud” for healthcare organizations in Canada and around the world to share information.

Harnessing the power of Microsoft’s cloud-based software, eHealth2Share will serve as an online hub for all kinds of non-confidential workflow and data forms.

Healthcare organizations will be able to save time and resources by going to the virtual server and downloading an electronic form, policy or best practice template that another healthcare institute has already developed – and customize it to their own needs. Healthcare members can also post their own e-document templates to share with others.

“This is truly an innovative healthcare sector use of cloud services and the first to leverage the yet-to-be released next version of cloud-based software from Microsoft called Office 365,” said Terrie Tucker (pictured), Baycrest’s Director of eHealth. “By openly sharing best-in-class content, healthcare institutions are providing each other with access to up-to-date resources and processes.”

“The eHealth2Share solution is a fantastic application that leverages the cloud, and enhances one’s social and professional interactions instantaneously on a global scale in healthcare,” said Joe Biernacki, Solution Specialist, Microsoft Canada.

“Baycrest is demonstrating the first step of innovation that will continue to grow in the area of people helping people connect with one another, share artifacts, and harness cognitive surplus from the worldwide community of healthcare.”

“Orangutech is proud to be part of the Baycrest’s eHealth2Share portal,” added Mike Maadarani, President and CEO at Orangutech. “Knowledge and application sharing is a key element in today’s electronic world. Providing that one place for collaboration within healthcare will reduce time for future technology solution readiness, as well as lower implementation costs.”

eHealth2Share will store everything from healthcare electronic forms and workflows to templates, best practices in patient care, clinical user groups, e-learning, shareware applications such as an Ontario hospitals’ Freedom of Information access request tracking system, and international expert collaborations.

“The value of this increases as more and more healthcare organizations contribute content,” said Tucker. No patient information, or other restricted information, will be placed on the site.

For an annual subscription fee, healthcare organizations around the world will be able to access the web server. eHealth2Share is anticipated to go live with selected memberships this summer.

Baycrest is a world-class developer of innovations in aging and authority on health system efficiencies and sustainable care for an aging population.

Microsoft’s mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.

Orangutech is an award-winning Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that helps public and private organizations navigate through the jungle of available information technology by providing flexible and scalable information systems designed to improve business processes, productivity and profitability.

Posted June 16, 2011