The electronic health record is THE focal point of
both the National Agenda of establishing a Pan Canadian Electronic
Health Record and similar projects in Ontario, Alberta and other
Provinces. Investments in this on the part of the Federal Government
through Health Infoway Inc. and their Provincial counterparts run
into the billions. Physicians in the private practice and clinical
settings are pivotal stakeholder in this process. At their meeting
of August 2nd, 2002, the CHITTA Board approved the establishment
of the Standing Committee on Physician Office Systems.
The mission of the CHITTA Standing Committee on Physician
Office Systems is to foster, nurture and promote the use of information
and communication technology tools by practicing physicians and
their staff in a private office or clinic setting in order to:
- Enhance the effective and safe delivery of care
to their patients.
- Minimize the use of overhead resources to manage
- Improve the quality of life for patients and physicians
physicians and their staff
- Effectively communicate and share information with
the healthcare delivery system and government in a manner consistent
with ethical practice and prevailing principles and policies in
respect to security, privacy and confidentiality.
The first project undertaken by the Committee was
to reach an agreement with Albertaís Physician Office Programís
Vendor Conformance & Usability Requirements (POSP/VCUR) program
whereby CHITTA serves as the "gateway" for vendor participation
and input to the POSP/VCUR Taskforce.
"I am delighted at the establishment
of CHITTA. CHITTA allows us to work proactively, with the vendor
community on issues of mutual concern. While recognizing that clients
and vendors respond to different drivers, CHITTA enables us to work
efficiently and constructively with vendors, benefiting from their
experience and expertise in developing policy or solutions to system-wide
concerns. CHITTA's involvement in the Physician Office System Program
Vendor Conformance and Usability Requirements (VCUR) has been instrumental
in making the process participative and transparent."
- - Mary Gibson, Program Director,
Alberta Physician Office System Program (POSP)