Electronic record

Nightingale and First Nations launch major project

Nightingale Informatix Corporation and the Giiwednong Health Link (GHL) have announced that they are launching a digital health project for 14 First Nations in Ontario along the north shore of Lake Huron and throughout Manitoulin Island. The electronic medical record (EMR) project will use Nightingale Enterprise Software for the EMR and practice management and will be launched using the One Patient One Record cloud-based deployment model.

Under the terms of the Master Agreement, GHL will pay Nightingale approximately $3 million for the 14 participating GHL First Nations over the 5 year term of the agreement. While established for the GHL, the Master Agreement allows any of the more than 120 First Nations in Ontario to join the program and be part of the agreement, for a predetermined incremental fee. 

“After many years of hard work and investments from all stakeholders, we are very pleased that we have received the support of Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, to fund and launch this very important project,” said Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee (pictured), Chairperson of the Ontario Chiefs Committee on Health. “The GHL digital health program represents a major step forward in enhancing health services delivery to improve First Nations health outcomes and to ensure they are on par with Provincial and national outcomes. We are excited to partner with Nightingale and deploy their state-of-the-art technology in our communities.”

“We are very pleased with GHL’s decision to partner with Nightingale for this very important initiative. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the power of our next generation product that is built around the concept of One Patient One Record,” said Sam Chebib, CEO of Nightingale. “We believe that the Master Agreement entered into with GHL will be a transformative step in First Nations health services in the Province of Ontario.

The GHL project and potential growth beyond the 14 First Nations establishes Nightingale as a clear leader in providing digital health platforms for First Nations.”

“The health and well-being of our community members has always been our highest priority and implementing a one-patient-one-record EMR across the GHL is a very exciting milestone that directly supports our vision,” said GHL Steering Member, Roger Beaudin. “Our commitment to providing our members with the best quality of healthcare using real time digital health information is becoming a reality.”

Nightingale received approximately $1 million to launch the project, with the balance of the contract to be paid as services are delivered for the balance of the First Nation sites.

It is expected that the first health centre will be operational by the end of March 2016, with the balance of GHL centres operational byMarch 2017.

About the Giiwednong Health Link (GHL)
The GHL digital health journey began in 2007 with the help of Health Canada and the Province of Ontario when it started to develop a strategic vision for eHealth, now referred to as digital health. GHL’s  vision is to improve the health and well-being of its members through leveraging state-of-the-practice provincially certified digital health solutions; and, by developing innovative First Nations digital health models, shared services, implementation capacity, and support expertise. The 14 First Nations are based within two Tribal Council areas: Mamaweswen and North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC) and the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin (UCCM).  The participating First Nations are geographically dispersed along the north shore of Lake Huron between Sault Ste. Marie and Whitefish Lake outside of Sudbury and throughout Manitoulin Island.

Posted December 21
, 2015