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Canada Health Infoway Standards Collaborative launches new membership model with flexible options and lower fees

May 1, 2012 (Toronto, ON) - Membership of Canada Health Infoway's (Infoway) Standards Collaborative is more affordable and now provides a broader range of benefits, announced Richard Alvarez, Infoway's President and CEO.

"We have amended Infoway's Standards Collaborative membership structure to help make international and pan-Canadian standards easier to understand and adopt," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. "Standards are crucial to informing the design of interoperable health information systems, providing common messaging and terminology."

The new Infoway Standards Collaborative membership model offers two-options:

  • General Membership: Available exclusively to individuals and students at no cost
  • Premium Membership: Available to students, individuals and corporations with a price range of $20 to $500

Both memberships provide access to review domestic and international SNOMED CT and HL7 standards, the ability to run for leadership positions, a variety of standards-related resources, and regular updates on standards activities in Canada and around the world.

Premium membership also includes usage rights of licenced standards which is required for implementation and creation of extensions and derivatives such as mapping terminologies. Premium members will also be granted voting rights on standards content and leadership elections, discounts on Infoway conferences and education, and access to key implementation tools such as Apelon TermWorks and Infoway Remixer.

Membership of the Standards Collaborative for 2012-2013 expires on March 31, 2013.

Learn more about member benefits by tier, fee structures and how to register.

About the Infoway Standards Collaborative

The Infoway Standards Collaborative is a key resource for health information standards in Canada, establishing pan-Canadian standards that build the foundation for interoperability, providing services to support and maintain these standards, and acting in a formal liaison role to international Standards Development Organizations.

About Canada Health Infoway

Canada Health 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.

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Karen Schmidt
Director, Corporate/Internal Communications
Canada Health Infoway
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