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Diagnostic imaging

HIPAAT provides auditing for GTA West DI registry

TORONTO – HIPAAT Inc., a leading provider of consent management and auditing solutions for healthcare, announced its multi-year contract with CGI Group, Inc. (CGI) to provide its standards-based audit repository to Ontario’s fourth and largest Diagnostic Imaging repository (DI-r).

This news follows the recent eHealth Ontario, Canada Health Infoway and CGI announcements regarding the DI-r solution that will benefit 1.5 million patients later this year. The GTA West DI-r will provide a shared repository for storage, retrieval and viewing of diagnostic reports and images, such as X-rays and MRIs, across multiple healthcare facilities in the greater Toronto area (GTA) and central Ontario. The initiative is co-funded by eHealth Ontario and Canada Health Infoway.

The GTA West DI-r project team and CGI Group will operate the DI-r on behalf of a University Health Network-led consortium of 20 healthcare facilities across five Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), representing approximately 39 sites in the GTA and central Ontario. HIPAAT’s Universal Audit Repository (UAR) version 3.1 will provide the GTA West with a secure, centralized audit trail of access to diagnostic images. This is essential since DI volumes are expected to exceed three million exams annually.

The UAR will enable authorized DI-r administrators to generate comprehensive, customized audit reports and receive security alerts regarding inappropriate access to personal health information. The UAR will also provide clinicians with an alert service to notify them of corrections made to DI exams they had previously viewed.

“We performed an extensive scan of companies that support standards-based auditing and HIPAAT stood at the forefront,” said Hitesh Seth, CGI Sector Vice-president, Consulting Services. “HIPAAT is a valued partner and we are pleased the company is bringing their auditing expertise to the GTA-West DI-r project.”

“We are very proud to be the auditing solution provider for the GTA West DI-r,” said Kel Callahan (pictured), HIPAAT President and COO. “We also look forward to supplying our consent management technologies to support CGI when the GTA West DI-r requires this functionality. As specialists in consent management and auditing, we are pleased to play a role in improving healthcare privacy, security and decision-making at Ontario hospitals.”

CGI’s solution is designed to leverage the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Information Technology Infrastructure technical frameworks. HIPAAT’s UAR has followed IHE’s Audit Trail and Node Authentication (ATNA) profile since 2005. Foundational to the UAR v3.1 is its support of the DICOM Supplement 95, passed in August 2010.

About HIPAAT
HIPAAT provides consent management and privacy auditing solutions to healthcare. Our SOA-based software balances consumer information privacy with the clinical need to access personal health information. Our interoperable, standards-based approach enables stakeholders at all levels of health data sharing to implement, audit and enforce patient, organizational and jurisdictional privacy policies. For more information, visit www.hipaat.com.

About the GTA West DI-r
The GTA West DI-r is one of four shared diagnostic imaging repositories in Ontario and will be the largest with three million exams annually. The GTA West DI-r will be the first project in Ontario to use IHE XDS to facilitate sharing of diagnostic imaging exams and results. The GTA West DI-r is co-funded by eHealth Ontario and Canada Health Infoway.

About University Health Network
University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About eHealth Ontario
eHealth Ontario plays the leading role in harnessing technology and innovation to improve patient care, safety and access in support of the government’s health strategy. The agency is responsible for implementing the government’s ehealth agenda and creating electronic health records for Ontarians.

About Canada Health Infoway
Canada Health Infoway (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 information and communications technology 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 healthcare system for all Canadians.


Posted January 26, 2012

 

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