For health care professionals
Over 42,000 doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health care professionals in 2,700 health care organizations across south west Ontario (SWO) are now able to securely and quickly access electronic patient information from across the continuum of care. Health information can now be accessed by authorized health care professionals working in acute hospital sites, doctor’s offices, long-term care homes, public health units and community services to gather essential patient medical information and data in seconds using ehealth technology.
The connecting South West Ontario (cSWO) Program has delivered rapid clinical value and benefits by leveraging and integrating existing digital health information available in the province and region. The Program has implemented an electronic health record (EHR) and the Regional Clinical Viewer, ClinicalConnect™, integrated to local and provincial information sources. Access to this digital health information is aligned with the provincial health care transformation agenda, Patient’s First: Action Plan for Health Care.
Authorized health care professionals - from Windsor to Tobermory to Guelph and through Niagara Falls - continue to provide south west Ontario residents with excellent care, and the EHR provides quick and easy access to the information that they need to make proactive decisions and support positive patient experiences. The EHR is now available and working for 3.6 million south west Ontario residents, approximately 30 per cent of Ontario’s population.
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The cSWO Program has implemented numerous local, regional, and provincial initiatives to advance the provision and access of integrated EHR information over the past several years. Leveraging local knowledge and experience with local health service providers, their priorities, capabilities, and capacity for change and adoption of integrated EHR solutions is critical to drive widespread adoption across south west Ontario.
ClinicalConnect is a secure online web-portal that provides health care professionals, such as doctors and nurses with real-time access to their patients’ electronic medical information from local hospitals. Data from the regional cancer care programs and the CCACs in each of the four south west Ontario local health integration networks (LHINs) is now available through ClinicalConnect. This means that care providers can securely look up information about their patients online.
ClinicalConnect contains essential patient care information such as hospital admissions, visits, allergies, lab results, orders for tests, pathology, microbiology, infectious diseases, blood bank, hospital medications, and transcribed reports such as discharge summaries, diagnostic services, radiology/nuclear medicine, CCAC data (medical and personal contacts, nursing services and placement information).
In addition, lab requests and results from eHealth Ontario’s Ontario laboratories information system (OLIS) and diagnostic images from 65 hospital sites through the Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (SWODIN) are now integrated in ClinicalConnect.
OntarioMD’s Hospital Report Manager (HRM) enables clinicians using an OntarioMD-certified EMR to securely receive patient reports electronically. HRM delivers medical record and diagnostic imaging reports from hospitals and specialty clinics across Ontario directly into a patient's record within their clinician's EMR. Thousands of reports are delivered every day to support informed clinical decision-making and faster follow-up with patients.
The first clinicians went live in December 2014, and more are being connected every month.
This collaborative effort has also resulted in the first 65 hospital sites in south west Ontario successfully integrated to HRM. Hospital reports from these sites are now being securely sent to participating clinicians’ EMRs. The remaining two acute hospital sites in south west Ontario will be integrated to HRM by the end of 2016.
"The partnership between OntarioMD’s and connecting South West Ontario Program’s respective change management and adoption teams to deliver Hospital Report Manager, including eNotifications, is a great example of excellent collaboration to support physicians and other clinicians to use this application to provide faster follow-up care for their patients after hospitalizations."
A collaborative project between the cSWO Program, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and eHealth Ontario is underway to provide health care professionals with access to the Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR) through ClinicalConnect. This represents the first foundational component of the Province’s Comprehensive Drug Profile Strategy The objective is to facilitate incremental expanded access to dispensed drug events. These include Ministry drug data holdings (e.g. Ontario Drug Benefit and Narcotics Monitoring System data) and, over time, pharmacy data holdings for cash and private payer drugs.