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Discharge Summary Standard

One of our evolving projects – the discharge summary standard – will integrate into ConnectingOntario.

Electronically transferring hospital reports (including discharge summaries) to physician electronic medical record systems is one of the most frequent requests made by hospitals. That’s because the method provides clinicians with more secure and timely access to patient information. And, it enhances their decision-making capabilities which results in faster diagnoses and treatment plans for patients. It was created to expedite the sharing of discharge information.


The discharge summary standard supports transferring discharge summary information to and from various health care facilities to primary care providers.

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  • November 30, 2009

    Available to download

  • November 02, 2009

    Ontario eHealth executive sponsor

  • September 30, 2009

    LHIN eHealth Delivery Council

  • August 11, 2009 - September 24, 2009

    Discharge summary technical review group

  • July 13, 2009 - September 18, 2009

    Discharge Summary steering committee

  • July 15, 2009 - September 16, 2009

    Ontario health informatics standards council (OHISC)

  • August 27, 2009 - September 11, 2009

    Public Review

  • July 20, 2009 - August 24, 2009

    Discharge summary business review group

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