Karos Health Signs Agreement with Grand River Hospital to Deploy Rialto

Karos Health, a leader in standards-based clinical information exchange and storage solutions, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Grand River Hospital (GRH) to deploy Rialto, which enables seamless access of clinical information.

Karos’ Rialto will provide the connectivity and clinical integration infrastructure allowing authorized providers with access to the patient information managed in GRH’s hospital information system via the ClinicalConnect Portal.

ClinicalConnect, a secure online portal, allows health care providers to view patient information in one place. Available medical information includes hospital reports and lab results from 28 local hospitals and two Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), representing more than two million patients across Waterloo Wellington (WW) and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Networks. With ClinicalConnect, timely and more informed patient care decisions can be made, and the need to repeat lab and diagnostic tests is reduced.

With the integration infrastructure provided by Rialto, GRH will become a clinical information contributor to the ClinicalConnect portal benefiting patient care throughout the WW and HNHB LHINs.  GRH and Karos expect to have data published in Spring 2012, which completes the connectivity of all the acute care hospitals in Waterloo Wellington.

Rialto was selected after a rigorous RFP process for its comprehensive ability to create seamless sharing between ClinicalConnect and GRH’s hospital information system, and low total cost of ownership.

“After a competitive process, I am pleased with the selection of Karos Health as a GRH strategic partner.  Karos’ solutions will enhance the benefits of ClinicalConnect to the Region’s physicians and family health teams, ensuring that patient information from GRH is accessible,” says Gary Higgs, Integrated CIO for Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital.

“We are very pleased to showcase our products locally, and to make a definite improvement to the way that healthcare is delivered in our region,” says Rick Stroobosscher, President of Karos Health. “This project highlights the value of the Rialto platform outside of our traditional focus on diagnostic imaging,” he added.

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About ClinicalConnect

The patients of almost 600 more clinicians will benefit from the expansion of ClinicalConnect. ClinicalConnect is part of eHealth Ontario’s strategy to leverage existing assets to accelerate patient care. The hospitals and Community Care Access Centres have all contributed time, energy and resources to make ClinicalConnect a reality. eHealth Ontario, Canada Health Infoway and the HNHB and WW LHINs also provided some funding and support. In the WW LHIN, six hospitals, the WW Community Care Access Centre and eight Family Health Teams have access to ClinicalConnect. For more information about ClinicalConnect, visit www.wwlhin.on.ca.

About the Grand River Hospital

Grand River Hospital is a provider of acute health care services for patients in the Waterloo Region, Wellington County and southwestern Ontario. The Hospital is part of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) with a total population of approximately 730,000 residents.

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.