Established in 2002, Shared Health (formerly Diagnostic Services Manitoba) provides public diagnostic health services for the Canadian province of Manitoba, offering a province-wide integrated and standardised laboratory and rural diagnostic imaging service. The services on offer encompass the full spectrum of the healthcare system and while covered by only 3.5% of the provincial healthcare budget, the laboratory and imaging results can impact over 80% of clinical decisions1.

With a vision to continually improve the quality,timeliness and sustainability of the diagnostic and digital imaging services provided to Manitobans,Shared Health is constantly seeking more effective processes by:

  • integrating with the upstream and downstream providers of patient care
  • standardising solutions across the province
  • improving the flow of images and results
  • delivering solutions and services effciently2

Recognising the importance of a common technology and testing platforms to achieve this vision, Shared Health collaborated with Sysmex on a cornerstone project for the organisation – the implementation of a province-wide laboratory information system (PLIS).In 2018, Shared Health completed the project with all 78 labs in the province now linked to the Delphic LIS multi-lab network and has realised both clinical and operational benefits that support its vision of improving services to the population of Manitoba.The successful provincial LIS model is unique to Canada and the project was closely monitored by other provinces with a view to implementing their own provincial or regional diagnostic services1.


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