Karos Health Signs Agreement to Deploy Rialto in the Largest Diagnostic Imaging Repository Project in Ontario Canada

Karos Health, a leader in standards-based clinical information exchange and storage solutions, announced today it has signed an agreement with CGI Group Inc. to deploy Rialto Discover, a ready-made solution built on the Rialto clinical information exchange and storage platform. This news follows the recent eHealth Ontario, Canada Health Infoway and CGI announcements regarding the Diagnostic Imaging repository (DI-r) solution that will benefit 1.5 million patients and 10,000 clinicians.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) West DI-r Project (“GTA West DI-r”) is a joint initiative by a consortium of 20 health care facilities that span the GTA West and central Ontario.

Key facts:

  • Largest Ontario DI-r project, expected to exceed three million exams annually
  • First project in Ontario to use Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b) to facilitate sharing of diagnostic imaging results
  • Co-funded by Canada Health Infoway and eHealth Ontario

Karos Health will deploy Rialto Discover, which provides the critical capabilities to enable the GTA West DI-r to share diagnostic imaging studies and reports across the 20 participating health care facilities.  Rialto Discover indexes all clinical content for future discovery and retrieval and manages the cross referencing of patient identifiers between different institutions.  Both function to ensure that all of a patient’s clinical information is available to any authorized physician within the 20 health care facilities when needed.

Rialto Discover is based on the latest Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS.b) and Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b) integration profiles from IHE and supports the Pan-Canadian Interoperability Standards in accordance with the Canada Health Infoway blueprint.

“We are proud to be chosen to provide the GTA West DI-r project with our products and services. This is an exciting project and a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate the capabilities we can offer organizations to build exchange networks based on our Rialto platform and IHE XDS,” says Rick Stroobosscher, President of Karos Health. “We are excited to work with our partners to deliver an open standards based imaging exchange network in our province,” he added.

About the GTA West DI-r

The GTA West DI-r is one of four shared diagnostic imaging repositories in Ontario and will be the largest with three million exams annually. The GTA West DI-r will be the first project in Ontario to use IHE XDS to facilitate sharing of diagnostic imaging exams and results. The GTA West DI-r is co-funded by eHealth Ontario and Canada Health Infoway.

About University Health Network

University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About eHealth Ontario

eHealth Ontario plays the leading role in harnessing technology and innovation to improve patient care, safety and access in support of the government’s health strategy. The agency is responsible for implementing the government’s ehealth agenda and creating electronic health records for Ontarians.

About Canada Health Infoway

Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of information and communications technology projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

About Karos Health

Karos Health is focused on elevating the quality of patient care by enabling the sharing and storing of clinical information. Karos’ Rialto platform empowers healthcare enterprises to enable cross community access to information, facilitating collaboration between healthcare providers and patients. Rialto is based on open standards that ensure safe and secure handling of patient health information and is backed by a team with decades of experience in healthcare interoperability. For more information about Karos, visit www.karoshealth.com.