||The ministry of the Alberta Government responsible for
administering the Alberta healthcare system.
|Alberta Health Services
||The provincial health authority responsible for overseeing the
planning and delivery of health supports and services to
|Alberta Medical Association
||A professional association of physicians in Alberta.
|Application Service Provider
||Hosting electronic medical record system from an approved
central data centre. Data and EMR application software is hosted
offsite and not within the clinic.
|Change Management Advisor
||Staff/contractors hired by the Physician Office System Program
to provide support services to physicians who are implementing or
using electronic medical records.
||The process of selecting an EMR solution from one of POSP's two
qualified service providers (EMR vendors), resulting in a signed
contract for an EMR solution.
|A building, facility or physical or virtual space where a
clinic organization provides health services to patients.
|A medical practice involving one or more physicians or allied
health professionals practising as a sole proprietorship,
partnership, limited partnership, general partnership, corporation,
professional corporation, joint venture or other legal entity and
where the context requires, includes employees or contractors of
the clinic organization.
|The process of moving a significant volume of data elements
from one physician office system to another, often in an effort to
maintain the continuity of care.
|Electronic Medical Record
||An electronic information record of clinical encounters
maintained by a healthcare provider in an electronic information
|Electronic Medical Record Solution
||All components provided by a qualified service provider to
implement and operate a primary care information system providing
billing, scheduling and electronic medical record functionality
including interoperability within Netcare. It includes all
necessary hardware, software, data centre hosting (for applications
and data), connectivity, service, support and training.
|Costs which may be reimburse to physicians by POSP in
accordance with the program's procedures.
|A service provided by a physician to a patient intended to
protect, promote or maintain physical or mental health, prevent
illness, diagnose or treat illness, or rehabilitate and includes,
but is not limited to, Insured Services (as defined in the Alberta
Health Care Insurance Act).
|Health Information Act
||An act of the Alberta legislature governing an individual's
right to request access to health records in the custody or under
the control of the custodians, while providing custodians with a
framework within which they must conduct the collection, use and
disclosure of health information. The act also covers the actions
|The mechanism by which the Physician Office System Program
repays the physician for the program's defined portion of the
contracted vendor pricing amount.
|A physician who substitutes temporarily for another physician,
as defined in the Alberta Health Physician Resource Guide.
|Master Services Agreement
||The written agreement between a vendor and Her Majesty the
Queen (as represented by the Alberta Minister of Health and
Wellness) under which a vendor who was successful in the
competitive procurement process may provide defined services and
materials as a qualified service provider.
|Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
||The commissioner is an officer of the legislature, independent
from government, and is responsible for monitoring the
administration of the Health Information Act (HIA), as
well as educating health services providers or the public about the
HIA. The office also oversees other privacy legislation.
|A medical doctor licensed to practise medicine in Alberta.
|An eligible physician and up to three full-time equivalents
(FTE) plus two medical students.
|Privacy Impact Assessment
||A due diligence exercise, in which a custodian responsible for
collecting, using and disclosing health information identifies,
analyzes and addresses potential privacy risks that may occur in
the course of a clinic's operations. PIAs assist custodians in
reviewing the impact that new programs, systems and practices may
have on individual patient privacy and ensure that changes are
evaluated to be compliant with the Health Information
|Qualified Service Provider
||A designation assigned to the three electronic medical record
vendors selected through the Alberta Health and Wellness Request
for Proposal - POSP EMR Pre-Qualification that have completed build
out and conformance testing as defined in the Master Services
Agreement, as well as business pilots.
|Direct financial support, negotiated as part of the 2008-2011
term of the Trilateral Agreement, which is available to eligible
physicians who were already using an electronic medical record and
who are transitioning to stay current with the Physician Office
System Program by moving to a VCUR 2008 EMR solution offered by a
qualified service provider. It is one-time funding meant to
partially recognize the temporary loss in productivity and the time
investment that will accompany a transition to another EMR
|Vendor Compliance and Usability Requirements
||A set of functional, technical, security and privacy
requirements for an electronic medical record solution developed
through a process of stakeholder consultation led by the Physician
Office System Program.