We are pleased to be able to provide you with
the Vendor Conformance and Usability Requirements (VCUR) 2006.
These requirements are the result of a significant consultative
process in which all stakeholders collaborated to consider the learnings
of VCUR 2004, build upon the successes and establish an enhanced
set of requirements for vendors of physician office systems.
This process was undertaken through the auspices of the VCUR 2006
The requirements are contained in the VCUR
2006 Final Report, which is presented in two volumes and are
supplemented by appendices:
For your convenience POSP has also provided the
vendor community with:
This document is intended to assist vendors of
currently conforming products and other interested parties in identifying
the new and revised requirements in VCUR 2006 and cross-referencing
them to VCUR 2004 requirements.
The detailed requirements for physician office
systems and a glossary of terms used are included in Appendix
One. While most of the requirements in VCUR 2006 will
come into effect on April 1, 2006, a number of dependencies are
noted in Appendix One and summarized in Appendix Two.
These dependencies are generally beyond the scope or direct control
of the POSP committee, but they must be present for a requirement
to be met. Many of these dependencies relate to EMR/EHR integration.
The scope of VCUR 2006 was broadened to include
vendor credentials and stability; however further work is required
before these requirements can be included in Appendix One.
Once they are finalized, these requirements will be distributed
The conformance testing scripts for VCUR 2006
will be available in the fall.
POSP and CHITTA extend our sincere appreciation
to the physician office system vendors who participated in VCUR
2006. The VCUR process is unique in Canada and it works because
all of the stakeholders - physicians, clinic managers, vendors,
regional health authorities, and Alberta Health and Wellness - come
to the table prepared to collaborate and build consensus.
The result is a set of requirements that both reflects the needs
of the stakeholders involved and continues the important work underway
in Alberta to build an integrated health information system.
Questions may be directed to the SIPS Team at
the POSP Office. (780) 452-1616.