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Public Health Disease Surveillance and Management

Panorama is the new, and industry leading, Pan-Canadian Communicable Disease Surveillance and Management System.

This feature rich and integrated system is being developed to provide authorized health care professionals throughout Canada with the ability to collect, share and analyse a wide range of information that is critical for managing public health emergencies. Solution components include communicable disease case management, outbreak management, immunization management, materials management as well as other features.

Drug Information Systems

IBM's Pharmaceutical Information Network is an industry-leading provincial Drug Information System, and a Canada Health Infoway preferred solution.

PIN has been successfully implemented in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The PIN solution can visibly provide accurate medication profiles, enable legible prescriptions, and offer decision support tools at the point of care.

Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) give authorized healthcare providers access to patient health information to support clinical decision-making.

A network of interoperable EHR solutions — one that integrates information across multiple points of service and multiple caregivers — is a very complex task requiring broad skills across numerous technology components. IBM is working with healthcare organizations in many parts of the world — including Canada, Denmark, and the US — to build and deploy interoperable EHRs with a significant focus on privacy and security.

Medical Imaging

IBM works with leading ISVs to provide Medical Imaging infrastructure and services to store, manage, distribute and view patient images and reports in digital format across the Healthcare Enterprise.

IBM’s diagnostic imaging solutions can allow clinicians to improve quality of care through prompt retrieval of images. The high-availability configurations can allow for the reduction of repeat and reject examinations; improve turnaround in reporting; increase efficiency through the elimination of manual processes in the film environment; and support disaster tolerance.

IBM Emerging Technologies

IBM’s emerging technology solutions provide clinical information anytime and anyplace within the healthcare campus.

Mobile clinical applications, asset tracking, smart cards, single sign on and wireless communications solutions are just a few technologies that are driving improved patient safety and reduced costs. The emerging technologies being implemented by many providers today include:

Health Analytics

IBM's Enterprise Health Analytics solutions can help meet health systems' needs by helping organizations leverage their data-rich environments, even where disparate systems exists, transforming the data into intelligent, high-value clinical, business and research information. IBM can also leverage its strategic partnerships; its leadership in business intelligence in multiple industries; its leadership in high-performance and energy-efficient computing; and the movement to open standards and architechtures (SOA) to help provider clients easily and affordably address the dynamics of changing business priorities.

IBM's Enterprise Health Analytics solutions will help health systems:

IBM's Enterprise Health Analytics transforms information through a simplified, streamlined and "intelligent" process that successfully integrates and aggregates disparate data from multiple sources for practical use. Data is transformed through a Business Intelligence Reference Architecture that transforms disparate data, making it available in a timely manner for analysis that can solve specific clinical, business and research problems.

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Patient and Clinical Portals

Portals are becoming a key enabler for change – whether providing collaboration for staff and physicians or allowing for easy registration and scheduling to reduce wait times.

IBM is a global leader in enabling clinical portals to provide a single interface that allows for personalized interaction with healthcare applications, content, processes and people. The Ottawa Hospital, Duke Medical, the Mayo Clinic, Denmark National Healthcare, and Trillium Health are all leveraging Portals to:

Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Chronic Disease Management is an approach to avoiding complications and acute episodes by managing the patient to clinical guidelines, sharing information on status and interventions with the care team, and supporting the patient in healthy behaviours.

IBM's CDM Toolkit is being used by physicians in BC, SK and MB. This web application supports family practice physicians in managing all their CD patients to clinical guidelines, making it easy for physicians to:

To learn more about how the CDM Toolkit is being used in British Columbia, please view the 'Adopting the CDM Toolkit' Practice Guide document below, created for the BC Ministry of Health by Impact BC, a not-for-profit organization specifically established to work across BC's health system to support service improvement'

Cross Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS)

IBM has implemented an IHE Compliant XDS Registry, Repository, and ATNA Repository to support the exchange of critical medical information.

IBM has developed an HL7 2.x to XDS Adapter, an HL7 CDA to XDS Adapter, and Legacy PACS adapters to better enable sharing of medical information from all sources.

For Information about ongoing Research at IBM Related to IHE please see:

To see IBM and other's work on Open Sources Tools to help lower the barriers to XDS Implementations, please see:

Clinical Information Solutions

IBM’s Clinical Information Solutions (CIS) support clinical systems that acquire, share, store and manage clinician workflow and patient-centered information across the Healthcare Provider ecosystem. At the cornerstone of this is IBM’s proven methodology for clinical transformation – PROLINK – and our globally recognized Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) for Healthcare.

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