HGMH Receives Ontario Provincial Funding for (Virtual) Hub Site Project

Posted: Monday, 5 January 2015

Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that it will receive up to $49,500 from the province of Ontario to complete an information communications technology business impact analysis and service availability strategy as part of its Carrefour Glengarry (Virtual) Hub Site Project. The news was shared by the province of Ontario today as part a funding announcement of projects to be supported the Rural Economic Development program, which is designed to help communities in eastern Ontario boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.

The Carrefour Glengarry (Virtual) Hub is a shared Information Technology initiative which incorporates a dedicated portal with a Local Area Network and shared software based application to be implemented and shared amongst community partners, possibly within a 35 km area. Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital is the project lead and other health care and social community organizations collaborating in the project currently include: Township of North Glengarry, Community Nursing Home (Alexandria), Community Living Glengarry, Le Centre Culturel les Trois Petits Points, Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie, Centre auditif Louise Dufresne Inc., Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area, and Canadian Mental Health Association.

The Business Impact Analysis represents Phase 1 of the project and will determine the information availability objectives that Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital must achieve to ensure resiliency for its Community Partners if due to unforeseen circumstances some or all of the Community partners are inoperable and inaccessible and the main site (HGMH) remains operable and accessible. The results of Phase 1 will be used to determine the requirements for the Carrefour Glengarry Hub Service Availability (shared ICT) strategy. Through a request for proposal process initiated by Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in September, this phase of the project will be completed by IDS Consulting.

Phase 2 of the project is about developing a Service Availability Strategy describing how a shared Information and Communication Technology concept can be designed, implemented and tested at the Hôpital Glengarry Memorial (HGMH) main site, to meet the business availability (virtual hub) requirements identified in Phase 1 and how the actual implementation may be carried out by a project team.

Quotes:

"We're very pleased with the receipt of funding from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program. A key strategy for the hospital is to optimize our resources to sustain our clinical programs, while being a leader in championing integration in our local community and regionally. The Carrefour Glengarry (Virtual) Hub Site Project is an opportunity to increase the sharing of our e-health infrastructure with other partners and organizations in the community." Shelley Coleman, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital

"A strong prosperous Ontario includes vibrant, economically diverse rural communities. Our commitment to rural Ontario is unwavering. By providing economic development support at both the local and regional level, the Rural Economic Development program will help rural Ontario's economy, and its communities, grow stronger." Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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