Ontario EMR Specification v4.0 FINAL version released


Ontario  EMR version 4.0 specification(final) was released couple of days ago by Ontario MD for EMR vendors to apply for funding offering and comply with version 4.0 requirements.

 

Here is the link to the schedule and version 4.0 requirements.

https://www.ontariomd.ca/portal/server.pt?space=CommunityPage&cached=true&parentname=CommunityPage&parentid=4&in_hi_userid=2&control=SetCommunity&CommunityID=553&PageID=1763

Version 4.0 has some key requirements from a jurisdictional EHR or document exchange between healthcare provider point of view.  One of the key requirement is the requirement for EMR vendors to implement Hospital Report Manager specification to enable transfer of clinical documents like discharge summaries, transcribed reports (radiology, lab and others) from healthcare providers (mainly acute care hospitals) to primary care physicians(PCP) using an EMR.

This is great first step forward to enable the family doc to receive discharge summary from the hospital before the patient shows at the doc’s office and EHR.  Though at a provincial level this standard (Hospital Report Manager) doesn’t seem to align with the Ontario Clinical Document Specification, which is currently under public review as well.

Friends at eHealth, kindly take a note of this.  I am reviewing the CDS and will be submitting my comments through the public review forum as well.

Saravana Rajan

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