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Standing Committee on Physician Office Systems (POS)

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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 their practices.
  • 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)

...Strengthening Canada's Healthcare ICT Industry