Vancouver Island Health Authority Partners with US-based Trinity Health

I was conducting my morning review of RFPs issued by Canadian healthcare organizations when I came across a “Notice of Intent” (NOI) from Vancouver Island Health Authority to “enter into a partnership agreement with Trinity Healthcare for services in relation to CIS [author’s note: CIS = Clinical Information Systems) design and build.  Specifically, VIHA is looking to the leverage the experience of Trinity given that they have progressed further along the HIMSS scale following a roadmap well aligned with the VIHA roadmap and utilizing the same tools employed within the the VIHA environment.”

The HIMSS scale refers to the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption model which “identifies the levels of electronic medical record (EMR) capabilities”.  This scale is quickly becoming a defacto-standard against which hospitals measure progress towards full EMR use and adoption.

A quick search regarding Trinity Health uncovered a fall 2009 press release from Cerner citing Trinity’s achievements. According to the press release, Trinity Health is  “the fourth-largest Catholic health care system in the country. Based in Novi, Mich., Trinity Health operates 45 acute-care hospitals, 379 outpatient facilities, 26 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs in seven states.”

Paul Conlon, Trinity’s Senior VP of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety credits extensive use of health information technology with improved clinical effectiveness.  According to Mr. Conlon, “By integrating electronic health records and other decision support tools within the clinical care environment, our clinicians are making more informed decisions about patient care, which creates better, safer outcomes for our patients.”

I am intrigued by this partnership model.  Given the NOI to contract it appears that VIHA will be paying for Trinity’s advice.  Guess VIHA gets more out of the arrangement than VIHA.


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