Quebec, QC November 24, 2015 – Last evening, Calian Technologies Ltd. (TSX: CTY) Health team announced that Dr. Richard Birtwhistle was named the recipient of a Calian Research Award, a commitment of $105,000 over a three (3) year period, at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) 2015 Forum in Quebec City.
Dr. Birtwhistle is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queens University, the Director of the University’s Centre for Studies in Primary Care, and the Chair and Principal Investigator of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), that has developed a central repository of data on chronic diseases from a network of primary care practitioners. CPCSSN aims to improve the quality of care for Canadians suffering from chronic diseases through the surveillance of electronic medical records and enhanced primary care health research.
With this Calian Research Award, the scope of the CPCSSN database will be expanded to include several Primacy clinics and the addition of specific identifiers for Military Members, Veterans and their families. Primacy is a subsidiary of Calian, which exclusively manages the national clinic program for Loblaws with over 145 in-store medical clinics across Canada.
“As a strong supporter of the Canadian Armed Forces and its members, Calian is pleased to support this innovative research. This database, the first of its kind in Canada, will eventually fuel evidence-based research to promote consistency of care and improved outcomes for serving Military Members, Veterans and their families,” said Scott Murray, Vice President of Health Services at Calian.
Calian has had a strong partnership with the Department of National Defence (DND) for more than 25 years, and has been its healthcare program delivery partner for over 10 years. In this capacity, Calian Health manages more than 500 healthcare professionals in 65 different categories at over 30 military bases across Canada.