Provincial Provider Registry

For health care organizations

The Provincial Provider Registry (PPR) is the authoritative source of information regarding health care providers and organizations supporting the electronic health care record in Ontario. It assists health care providers in their electronic referral workflows and in keeping their local provider dictionaries current.

The PPR aggregates provider identity data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Corporate Providers Database and from regulatory colleges (under the Regulated Health Professions Act or RHPA) to provide a comprehensive provider profile. It enables the identification of regulated provider persons and organizations that provide health services in Ontario, including details such as licensing status, specialties, and practice locations.

Features

As a foundational EHR service, the Provincial Provider Registry supports health care provider identification in clinical viewers.

Includes demographics such as name, address(es), contact information, and identifiers such as College License Number and license status (e.g. Inactive) for 92% of regulated providers in Ontario.

Includes information from Physicians, Nurses, Midwives, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Dental Surgeons, Psychologists, Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, and Massage Therapists.

Supports multiple health care interface standards to query (HL7 V3) or receive updates from the registry (HL7 V2).

Supports searches for health care provider information by name, license number, profession, etc.

  • Authoritative Source

    Includes demographics such as name, address(es), contact information, and identifiers such as College License Number and license status (e.g. Inactive) for 92% of regulated providers in Ontario.

  • Robust Database

    Includes information from Physicians, Nurses, Midwives, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Dental Surgeons, Psychologists, Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, and Massage Therapists.

  • Flexible

    Supports multiple health care interface standards to query (HL7 V3) or receive updates from the registry (HL7 V2).

  • Seamless Searching

    Supports searches for health care provider information by name, license number, profession, etc.

Benefits

  • Supports identification and remediation of source data quality issues impacting provider management (e.g. duplicates, overlays)
  • Provides access to current provincial provider information for validation (e.g. license status)
  • Supports keeping local provider dictionaries current
  • Reduces time spent manually updating provider information within local provider dictionaries
  • Reduces costs by decreasing correspondence between providers regarding administrative details

Access Channels

Authorized health care providers can access PPR through clinical viewers including:

eHealth Portal

Authorized health care providers who may not have access to other viewers can access PPR via eHealth Portal.

Hospital Information System (HIS)

Authorized health care providers can access the PPR directly via their hospital information systems (HIS), where the HIS systems have directly integrated with PPR.

Technical Prerequisites

  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificates; enables mutual authentication between the adopter and eHealth Ontario and secure transfer of data via supporting protocols

Non-Technical Prerequisites

  • PPR onboarding (requirements, technical design, and conformance testing)
  • Legal agreements
  • Privacy and security assessments