- Integrated electronic health record (EHR) live in south west Ontario today giving physicians and clinicians secure access to 3.6 million residents’ medical information.
Data and information available from:
- All 72 acute care hospital sites in SWO
All four of the SWO Local Health Integration Networks (formerly known as community care access centres)
- All four of the regional cancer care programs
- Diagnostic images from 65 hospital sites through Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (SWODIN)
- Provincial repositories include:
- Diagnostic imaging reports from Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Common Service
- Drug data, including narcotics, from Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR)
- Lab requests and results from Ontario laboratories information system (OLIS)
- Acute care information from the Acute Care Clinical Data Repository (aCDR)
- 73 acute care hospital sites in SWO integrated to Health Report Manager (HRM).
Over 2,400 clinicians in SWO are receiving patient reports electronically through HRM into their certified electronic medical records (EMRs).
- Deployment of solutions through best practice change management and adoption strategies.
- Implementation of a benefits realization program to distinguish the clinical, organizational, and economic value of the integrated EHR.
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.
Regional Clinical Viewer, ClinicalConnect™
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.
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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, information and data from provincial repositories is available, including: diagnostic imaging reports from Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Common Service, drug data through the Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR), and lab requests and results from Ontario laboratories information system (OLIS). Regionally, diagnostic images from 65 hospital sites through Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (SWODIN) are now integrated in ClinicalConnect.
Regional support for Health Report Manager
OntarioMD’s Health 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 73 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 three acute hospital sites in south west Ontario will be integrated to HRM by the end of 2018.
"The partnership between OntarioMD’s and connecting South West Ontario Program’s respective change management and adoption teams to deliver Health 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."
Work continues to integrate other digital health data sources to enhance the robust electronic health record being used today by health care professionals in south west Ontario. The most recent integrations include Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Common Service reports and Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR) in November 2016, and the Acute Care Clinical Data Repository (aCDR) in May 2017.