VitalHub (VHI.V) recently partnered with the Government of Yukon following the territory’s request for assistance in upgrading and streamlining its mental health and substance use medical records system.
The Yukon joins Canadian provinces, like the Province of Nova Scotia, and private businesses, like Toronto Grace Health Centre, which have taken up VitalHub’s offer of streamlining their databases to properly usher in a new generation of patient-centred health solutions.
“Our Mental Wellness and Substance Use branch will benefit from VitalHub’s demonstrated expertise in providing a much needed specialist EMR system that will help us effectively manage our clients’ varied and at times complex mental health and recovery needs”, said Patricia Living, director of communications for Yukon Government Health and Social Services.
Data from the Yukon states that an estimated 7,500 residents suffer from poor mental health or substance use per year. On average, 1,000 emergency room visits per year are directly related to substance and alcohol addiction.
VitalHub sold its TREAT and B Care Solutions as a hosted service to the Government of Yukon Health and Social Services to support its mental wellness and substance use services as part of their 10-year strategy for improving the mental wellness of Yukon residents.
The TREAT and B Care Solutions streamline all of the usual healthcare processes associated with the endless amounts of paper for charts, printouts, and monitoring and places them neatly into one easy-to-use tablet-based application.
This reduces documentation, which cuts down on overall paper flow. Less paper gets lost and there’s less of a probability of mistakes, so the correct information about the right client gets displayed when it is needed in an environment that possesses unique geographic and cultural needs.
“We are excited to have been selected to provide the client management system that will support the Government of Yukon as they embark on a territory wide initiative to build a collaborative and integrated mental wellness system with First Nation governments and community partners,” said Nils Lofting, executive vice president of business development and marketing for VitalHub.
The new solution will also provide an electronic medical record system, and support for the programming and reporting requirements of the Government of Yukon.
VitalHub’s system assists care providers and programs to collaborate on providing holistic and coordinated, person-centred care.
Now having expanded this approach to two provinces, Tofting said he sees this as just the beginning:
“This initiative reflects what we’re seeing as a trend across Canada, which is a recognition by provincial leaders that change, and electronic medical record systems have to be implemented at a regional scale. We’re seeing more of these large-scale projects in the mental health and social services sectors going to tender across the country.”
If this spreads like Tofting thinks it will, it could be a gold mine.
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