June 1, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The province is teaming up with partners to provide health-care professionals with better and faster access to medical information.
Health Minister Michael Murphy today announced that new specialty software had recently been integrated with IT systems in New Brunswick's regional hospitals and other health-care facilities.
"Providing all provincial health-care workers with a single secure access portal to provincial health information systems represents a significant modernization of our health system," said Murphy. "This is a significant milestone in our One Patient One Record project, and further ensures the consistent delivery of care, regardless of the patient's location."
The access portal is supported by AnyWare Group's ROAM platform. In addition to improving working conditions for health-care professionals, it will better protect patient privacy by providing to New Brunswick's health-care professionals secure remote access to all of the province's health information systems
Health officials said that this innovative project will have an impact on the overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the system.
"Sharing a single common secure infrastructure across the province's entire health-care system provides cost savings for the province, and a consistent experience for health-care workers," said Gordon Gilman, CEO of FacilicorpNB. "This project is a result of excellent teamwork and collaboration between the regional health authorities, the Department of Health and FacilicorpNB."
The portal will increase the efficiency of the health-care system by allowing clinicians to devote more time to patients, and improve patient safety. Health officials also mentioned the portal's impact on innovation and cost-effectiveness, thereby lowering health-care expenditures and reducing wait times.
"AnyWare Group Inc. is pleased to be supporting New Brunswick's iHER (interoperable electronic health record) initiative," said Robert Lalonde, AnyWare Group Inc. CEO. "Providing a single secure remote access point for all health-care workers across the province makes New Brunswick a North American leader in e-health."
The launch of the ROAM platform comes days after the introduction of government legislation designed to protect personal health information and privacy.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.