Government of Nunavut
- Meditech 6.x
Healthtech is currently providing MEDITECH 6.0 implementation expertise to the Government of Nunavut (NU) as it implements a territory-wide iEHR that supports healthcare delivery across the continuum of care including acute care, primary care, mental health, public health, and rehabilitation. The project is partially funded by Canada Health Infoway (CHI) and is Canada’s second greenfield implementation of MEDITECH 6.0. NU contracted with MEDITECH to implement a selected suite of applications including MEDITECH’s Advanced Clinical Systems (ACS) in an accelerated timeline on MEDITECH’s 6.0 platform with the project kick off occurring in April 2010. Healthtech is providing resources for the following:
- Senior Project Management;
- SMEs for MEDITECH modules noted above;
- Configuration and deployment of MEDITECH for Nunavut;
- Customization requirements;
- System Integration;
- Change Management;
- Testing; and
- Data Migration / Conversion of some existing clinical information from existing legacy systems.
The first wave of foundational applications went Live in Iqaluit and Cambridge Bay in February 2011. Clinician and physician computerized non-medication order entry (CPOE) was a significant deliverable for this initial phase. Approximately 80% of care delivery in NU is primary care focused. As a result, Healthtech worked in close collaboration with the client and MEDITECH to “stretch” the functions and features of applications such as Ambulatory Order Management to allow for CPOE in the numerous clinics and primary care environments. A third implementation of these same applications is scheduled for the fall of 2011 for Rankin Inlet. NU relies heavily on referrals to southern partners. Based on the outcome of a Healthtech assessment, NU is also implementing MEDITECH’s Authorization Referral Management (ARM) to manage its referral processes to the south.
Due to staffing shortages in NU where there is an up to 40% vacancy rate in positions, Healthtech developed a unique “Fast Track” implementation approach in which Healthtech resources designed and built the majority of the MEDITECH applications. The approach required ongoing and effective feedback with the NU stakeholders, as well as detailed current state and future state workflow analysis to ensure that the system was built to support NU’s requirements and stakeholder buy-in. Another important deliverable in the project was mindful knowledge transfer with the NU Health and Social Services staff to ensure that the system is sustainable from a support perspective.
The next phase of implementation is in progress with Go-Live tentatively scheduled for February 2012. This phase includes the implementation of MEDITECH’s Patient Care System (PCS), Physician Care Manager (PCM), and electronic Medication Administration Record / Bedside Medication Verification (eMAR/BMV),
A team of greater than eighteen Healthtech consultants have provided services to NU during the project’s lifecycle and have gained significant expertise in MEDITECH 6.0.