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Synapse is a currently deployed software application that collects and presents clinical and administrative information about Mental Health & Addictions patients, in the form of an Electronic Health Record (EHR). Synapse was jointly developed by regional health authorities, federal and provincial governments and research institutions. While Synapse has enjoyed limited regional success in British Columbia, the Synapse Project Steering Committee seeks to expand its adoption with clinicians and position it as a pan-Canadian solution. The key to national adoption of Synapse is further compliance with industry standards and the integration with emerging EHR architecture initiatives. This analysis examines Synapse within the context of the burgeoning architecture initiatives outlined in Canada Health Infoway’s Blueprint document. Widespread adoption of the Blueprint is considered with respect to two theoretical adoption frameworks: the Diffusion of Innovations and Economics of Technology Standards. Additionally, what are the ramifications to Synapse if the Blueprint principles were adopted?
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