The Physician Office System Program (POSP) was established in 2001 to help physicians automate their practices.
In 2003, POSP became one of four strategic physician agreements under an eight-year Trilateral Master Agreement between Alberta Health and Wellness, the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta's Regional Health Authorities (now Alberta Health Services).
In 2006, it was determined through trilateral negotiations that the number of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) vendors should be reduced and more comprehensive vendor requirements should be put into place to recognize the increasing need for alignment and integration among information systems in health care.
Alberta Health and Wellness conducted a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select the vendors that would be eligible to provide new electronic medical record solutions under POSP. The new solutions were necessary to allow physicians to receive the full benefit of EMRs including automation of care pathways and best-practice templates, turnkey IT solutions (hardware, software license, training, helpdesk service, network connectivity, systems management, etc.) and enhanced interoperability.
In July 2008, Alberta Health and Wellness announced Practice Solutions, Med Access and Wolf Medical Systems as the shortlisted vendors following its Electronic Medical Record RFP.
The three RFP-selected vendors are currently engaged in build out and conformance testing, to be followed by Limited Production Rollouts (pilots).
New solutions will be available to physicians following the pilots. – less – More from ZoomInfo »