Architecture and Standards
At eHealth Ontario, we’re more than up to the task. In fact, we continue to lead the way in designing a secure, interoperable and scalable electronic health record (EHR) system. We do this through applying a range of industry best-practices to ensure a strong electronic health record. This is how we avoid duplication, promote data accessibility, and ensure privacy and security of personal health information. It is the key to building a patient-centric EHR.
Why EHR Architecture Matters
Architecture defines how Ontario’s EHR is built, what standards need to be employed to allow secure information exchange, and who throughout the health care sector, is responsible for which aspects of the system. It provides the structure developers need to innovate locally while aligning their projects with provincial guidelines. And it allows our delivery partners and solution vendors to define their product development roadmaps.
In short, architecture describes how we are connecting the province.
Our governance committee, comprised of eleven stakeholder groups, was created to help prioritize, establish, guide and approve Ontario EHR Interoperability standards for ehealth solutions and services. Committee members represent the following organizations:
Cancer Care Ontario, connectingGTA, connectingSouthWestOntario, connectingNorthernandEasternOntario, Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres, Ontario Hospital Association, OntarioMD, Ontario Telemedicine Network, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Canada Health Infoway, and eHealth Ontario.
Pathway to an Integrated EHR
Ontario’s Ehealth Blueprint
Developed as the foundation to inform all electronic health record planning and delivery across the province, the blueprint allows health care developers to build systems that can talk to each other.
EHR Connectivity Strategy
Ontario’s EHR connectivity strategy describes how health care information will be connected to create a safe, cost-effective, provincially-integrated electronic health record (EHR).
Our new Innovation Lab enables IT vendors, developers and solution providers to test their ehealth solutions in a virtual electronic health record (EHR) environment, and prototype new ideas that will help transform patient care. The lab consists of a test harness, web services and multiple test offerings.Visit Innovation Lab Now
Our experts can help you succeed. We work in partnership with you to create and implement interoperable ehealth solutions.
EHR Integration Services
Planning advice for aligning your ehealth solutions with the provincial vision for ehealth in the province. Blueprint consultation will help you plan, design and integrate interoperable ehealth solutions.
Guidance and support for adopting and / or implementing EHR standards and object identifiers.
Training and education resources related to ehealth architecture and standards, including customized sessions to meet the needs of your project.
Work with us
We all have a role to play in building Ontario’s EHR. Only a collaborative effort will result in a scalable system that can securely share the right information, with the right people, at the right time to support the myriad decisions required to improve health care for Ontario’s 13 million citizens.
Using Ontario’s ehealth blueprint, we can all work towards creating a fully interoperable EHR – one that provides a lifetime record of an individual's vital health history and care.