Tag: Ontario

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

Happy Canada Day! and eHealth good news from Canada


Happy Canada Day everyone !

News (good and bad) from Canadian Healthcare Technology World!

Good News First –

NEODIN (North Eastern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network) a diagnostic imaging(DI) repository that will connect all north eastern Ontario hospitals shown in the map below for sharing diagnostic images and results has connected one more major hospital, Thunder Bay to the DI network.

As stated in the Canada Health Infoway press release here, benefits of a DI-R are

  • Enables diagnostic images and reports to be shared between facilities, eliminating the need for patients to transport images and reports between doctors on CDs, films, or by fax.
  • It also allows specialists at one facility to access the reports for images acquired at other hospitals allowing for faster and more convenient information sharing between doctors. This improved access to patient information will help health care providers make more informed and timely medical decisions.
  • Helps reduce duplicate testing that results from lost, misplaced or otherwise unavailable images

One more step closer to EHR!

Congratulations to NEODIN!, Infoway and eHealth Ontario.

Bad News –

Province of Manitoba’s eHealth program is in the news for wrong reasons.

The eHealth program will be slow (another 20 years) and will cost more (another $450 million).

Here is the link to the article and a perspective from Michael Martineau, who has spent time analyzing the Canadian eHealth market with a market research firm.

Saravana Rajan

ehealth Consultant