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EMR Vendor Announcements from British Columbia and Saskatchewan

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:47pm

Both British Columbia and Saskatchewan have announced their lists of preferred EMR vendors based on the RFP and Conformance Testing Processes that have now reached completion.

In a December 18th email to members from Dr. Bill Mackie, President of the BC Medical Association, he stated:

"Conformance testing, the last step in the PITO EMR vendor selection process, was completed as scheduled on December 11, 2008.

Of the six companies that made it to that last step, one vendor withdrew and five passed the conformance test.

The five PITO-Qualified EMR vendors therefore are:
  • EMIS Inc.
  • Intrahealth Canada Ltd.
  • MedAcess Inc.
  • Osler Systems Management
  • Wolf Medical Systems.
More information on the PITO program and the PITO EMR vendors is available at:

The PITO program is now running full steam: to date 630 physicians have already gone through the orientation phase, 337 physicians have selected their vendor and 87 physicians have gone “live” on PITO-qualified EMRs. More than 1900 physicians have applied for funding and 1400 have been selected as of December, 2008. 15 local relationship managers (LRMs) and 25 Physician Champions are located throughout BC and are helping physicians successfully navigate the transition"


In a December 15th announcement to members from Dr. Milo Fink, President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, he stated:

"I am writing to advise you of the current status of the SMA’s Electronic Medical Record Project RFP.

The SMA has selected the following as its current list of preferred vendors under the RFP process:
  • Med Access Inc. – EMR
  • Nightingale Informatix Corporation – Nightingale on Demand
  • Optimed Software Corp. – Accuro EMR
  • Practice Solutions Software Inc. – PS Suite
The selection of the above as preferred vendors means that the SMA intends to move forward with contract negotiations and further conformance testing with each of these vendors.

It is important to note that any final selection and award for each of these vendors is conditional upon successful negotiation of a formal written contract between the SMA and the vendor, andthe vendor passing further conformance testing. Unless and until this occurs, the vendor’s proposed solution is not eligible for reimbursement under the SMA’s EMR Program. Only upon the SMA’s announcement of final selection and award will the vendor’s solution be eligible for reimbursement.

The SMA intends to commence contract negotiations and further conformance testing with the selected preferred vendors immediately.

Click here to view provincial funding programs and funding eligible EMR systems in each of the provinces for which funding is available

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