What kind of patient health information will be available to clinicians via the ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer?
Patient health information may include one or more of the following (prioritized data categories as recommended by the Clinical Working Group):
- Patient demographics
- Diagnostic imaging reports
- Community care access centers (CCAC) reports
- Assessment and outcomes
- Medications and drug profiles
- Hospital information system documents
- Discharge summaries
- Emergency department reports
- Consult reports
- Specialty diagnostic lab reports
Will primary care clinicians be able to share their patients’ health information with other primary care clinicians?
In the short-term, hospitals and community care access centres (CCACs) will be contributing their patients’ health information so that primary care clinicians can view this information from the ConnectingOntario Clinical viewer.
However, in the long-term, the goal is for all health care organizations in northern and eastern Ontario (hospitals, primary care and community care), to contribute their patients’ health information so that other primary care clinicians can also access this information using the ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer and/or electronic medical record.
What role does Health Links play in the ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region program?
In addition to clinicians who have expressed an interest to participate as adopters of the ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region program, the program will use the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health Links initiative as a priority avenue to seek clinician adopters.
How does ConnectingOntario impact regional clinical value projects?
Clinical value projects in northern and eastern Ontario, such as the Eastern Ontario Clinical Document Repository, not only provide immediate value to clinicians, the project sets the stage for the successful delivery of provincial electronic health record (EHR) services for use by both clinicians and patients across the province of Ontario.
The following is a list of clinical value projects and regional EHR services that are currently available to clinicians:
- Eastern Ontario Clinical Document Repository (EOCDR);
- Champlain BASE project – eConsultation (eConsult);
- Northern and Eastern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (NEODIN) viewer;
- Physician Office Integration (north west and north east);
- eHealth Ontario’s Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) hosted by The Ottawa Hospital.
ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region will work with eHealth Ontario, the LHINs and health service provider partners to transition these clinical value projects so that the clinicians already participating in these projects will continue to have the same access to the patient health information that they currently have. In addition, clinicians will have access to additional patient health information such as the prioritized data categories from within northern and eastern Ontario, and provincially.
What is the relevance of the hospital report manager for the ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region program?
The hospital report manager connects information from various health service organizations directly to the subscribing clinician’s EMR. OntarioMD will work with ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region to ensure that patient health information within the clinical viewer (prioritized data categories) is also available in a clinician’s EMR. The hospital report manager and OLIS transfer information to primary care EMRs.
Is clinician access to the ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer secure?
Yes, privacy and security measures are in place that align with the recommendations of the Privacy and Security Working Group to protect patients’ privacy information. Clinicians authorized to access the ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer and/or their electronic medical record will be able to view their patients’ health information.
Is it possible to access the wrong patient information using the ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer?
No, a clinician will not be able to access the wrong patient information. A clinician will need to enter sufficient information for a query to return a result. Otherwise, a result will not be returned. However, in the event of multiple patients being returned from a query, clinicians will be prompted to enter additional patient personal health information to refine and confirm their search.
What is the status of ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region?
ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region is in implementation. Health service providers are working to contribute their information to the provincial clinical data repository, and adoption awareness activities are underway.