This demonstration project was designed to address problems that have been identified in the care of cancer patients, such as a lack of communication among practitioners responsible for different aspects of care and a lack of standardization, both in the way health information is communicated and in the way it is analyzed. The Dossier réseau informatisé en oncologie du Québec (DRIOQ, or Quebec computerized oncology network of patient records) was designed to address these problems, but since the first patients were not recruited to the project until March 2001, data about its feasibility are not available. The report discusses the process undertaken in the project, principally the strategies of change management. The difficulties encountered were technical, interpersonal and interorganizational; the researchers note that in this kind of partnership, private businesses need to understand the complexity of the health care system and the public sector needs private-sector expertise. The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services has shown its support by funding the project until October 2001.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.