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IBM Helps to Share Health Care Information

Artefact Informatique, a Canadian division of IBM, will be part of a new initiative to share health information with patients and doctors around the globe. This has begun with the creation of the Centre of Excellence in Quebec City, which acts as a repository and registry for healthcare information. It is through the Centre that authorized personnel can search and retrieve important documents, thus improving the efficiency of many patients' medical care.

The Centre of Excellence contains lab reports, digital images, drug profiles and other critical medical documents. This repository was created with IBM WebSphere and DB2 software and was designed to be easily compatible with commonly used Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Health facilities that are now using EHR technology should be able to communicate with IBM's new software.

IBM has instituted this new technology as a part of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative, which aims to improve the way information technology is used within the health community. Primarily, it is making the world safer for patients by keeping better medical records for easier transfer.

Says Jose Mussi, the executive director of IHE Canada:

It has been shown many times that systems using IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively. Physicians, medical specialists, nurses, and other care providers have been waiting for the day when vital information can be shared seamlessly regardless of where they are or which system they are using. That day is now.

The new software took three years to develop and was created by researchers and software engineers from Haifa, Israel; Rochester, Minnesota; and San Jose, California. IBM is now promoting the system for more widespread use.

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