Terms Glossary / Acronyms



Alberta Health Services


The Calgary-based Electronic Medical Records Business Integration Services (EMR BIS) support team of analysts performs database, commissioning and integration tasks and supports the provincewide eDelivery service.

Its role is essential to establish secure connectivity from data source systems providing patient results (diagnostic imaging, laboratory and transcribed reports) to EMR systems.

The team shares accountability for the eDelivery service with the healthcare providers requesting the service, the EMR vendors supporting EMR systems and the data sources providing the patient results.

Each stakeholder has roles and responsibilities leading to the overall success of eDelivery service implementation.

Data sources

Source of information of patient results, such as diagnostic imaging, laboratory results and transcribed reports. In the eDelivery process, an application and/or support staff that generate patient results are data sources.


Diagnostic Imaging and Transcribed Reports


Delivery Point Index - Database that manages the eDelivery of results


Dictation, Speech recognition, Transcription


eDelivery is a secure service to electronically deliver patient results from a data source (for example, laboratory tests or diagnostic imaging) to an electronic medical record (EMR). eDelivery assists healthcare providers in having the most up-to-date patient information, thus ensuring the highest quality health care.

eDelivery validation signoff/paperless distribution form

Form clinic use to request to request turning off paper results after successful implementation of eDelivery.


Electronic Health Record is a longitudinal collection of personal health information supporting multiple health service providers across the continuum of care with appropriate information securely delivered to authorized individuals. An EHR offers a cradle-to-grave, read-only, aggregated view of information from multiple databases about key health events in an individual’s life; information that any health care provider may need in order to serve an individual. Example: Alberta Netcare Portal.


An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a record of health services and related information maintained by healthcare providers in an electronic system for access and use by the providers. An EMR helps healthcare providers manage the services that they are accountable for, including read-write provisions for local documentation, ordering, scheduling, result tracking, communications and billing. Examples: MedAccess, HealthQuest, Wolf EMR, etc.

EMR software vendor

The EMR software vendor is contracted by the clinic, that connects the data source systems and the patient results.


FTP, or SFTP, means file transfer protocol/secure file transfer protocol. It facilitates secure access to an electronic mailbox where electronic reports can be retrieved.


Former Health Entity


Health Information Management


The Health Information Standards Committee for Alberta (HISCA) oversees and coordinates the development, adoption and dissemination of approved health information, data and technology standards within Alberta.  Reports sent by eDelivery comply with HISCA standards.

Request for Provider/Prescriber Set-Up in Health Information Systems

Form clinic and EMR vendor staff use to request set-up or changes be made to clinics and/or providers in Alberta Health Services Health Information Systems including eDelivery.


Regional Integration Engine


Rural Shared Health Information Program


Regional separation of health entities within the province (more info).