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eHealth Ontario Accomplishments

Ministry of Health

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Program

  •  Almost 5,500 doctors have been adopted electronic medical records to enhance patient care, improve health outcomes and increase patient safety.
  • A year ago, over 3,000 doctors had adopted electronic records.
  • Replacing paper with electronic records means fewer errors and more time spent on patient care, and easier clinical data analysis.
  • Doctors, hospitals, specialists and providers in the circle of care can share information securely, quickly and easily.

Telemedicine

  • This year, Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN) will deliver more than 90,000 patient visits; patients get care as close to home as possible.
  • In the past year alone, more than 31,000 telemedicine clinical consultations have taken place in northern Ontario. 
  • Nearly 3,000 health care professionals in more than 1,000 sites across the province use the OTN to deliver care to their patients.
  • Since 2006, Telemedicine has saved approximately 134 million kilometres in patient travel.

Telestroke

  • The Telestroke Program provides stroke patients in remote areas of the province with 24/7 access to life-saving emergency care that they might not receive without this real-time expert neurological assessment.

 Emergency Neurosurgery Image Transfer System (ENITS)

  • Neurologists at any one of Ontario's 13 neurosurgery centres can examine scans 24/7 and assess if a patient with head trauma needs to be transferred to another facility to receive acute care or recommend immediate treatment procedure.
  • Over 300 unnecessary transfers have been avoided to date. Transfers are very risky for patients and they cause significant anxiety for patients' families. They are also expensive.

Diagnostic Imaging / Picture Archiving and Communications System (DI/PACS)

  • 148 hospitals in Ontario now use digital diagnostic images electronically instead of film.
  • Using the Digital Imaging and Picture Archiving Communications System (Di/PACS) avoids the physical transfer of images and duplication of tests, saving time and yielding faster results for patients.
  • Radiation exposure to patients is reduced and health care costs are minimized.
  • For the first time, all 26 hospital entities in the Erie St. Clair and South West Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are now able to access filmless diagnostic images including x-rays, CT scans and MRIs through the Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network.

Drug Profile Viewer (DPV)

  • DPV displays medication histories in emergency departments, hospital wards and clinics and in-patient pharmacies for the 2.5 million patients who are Ontario Drug Benefit recipients. (These patients account for 43 per cent of all prescriptions written within the province.)
  • It enables doctors to identify potential drug interactions, saving lives and ensuring confidence in treatment plans for patients.

ePrescribing

  • eHealth Ontario launched Canada's first ePrescribing program at two demonstration sites (Group Health Centre in Sault Ste. Marie and Georgian Bay Family Health Team in Collingwood).
  • ePrescribing improves quality of patient care by giving doctors and pharmacists access to reliable, timely prescription and dispensing information.
  • ePrescribing saves lives and reduces visits to emergency departments and doctors offices by preventing adverse drug reactions caused by illegible paper prescriptions.
  • Electronic authentication, authorization and delivery of prescriptions reduces the potential for prescription fraud and diversion.

Hospital Report Manager (HRM)

  • HRM sends hospital reports within minutes to the physician's electronic medical record system instead of sending paper reports or faxes.
  • Patients do not wait for information to follow them - doctors have the most up-to-date information about their patient before he or she arrives for an appointment.
  • Patients get more timely access to care and their anxiety while waiting for results and treatment plans is greatly reduced.
  • Over 100 doctors are using the HRM.  It can be used between any hospital and doctors office using OntarioMD certified electronic medical records systems.

 Chronic Disease Management System - Diabetes

  • Diabetes is a chronic disease that is a serious and growing health problem. It is the sixth leading cause of death in Ontario and Canada. Diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, amputation, blindness and end-stage renal failure leading to dialysis.
  • In Ontario, more than 1,100,000 people (8.3 per cent of the population) are living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The number is expected to increase by another 734,000 over the next decade to 1.9 million by 2020.
  • Use of the Chronic Disease Management System - Diabetes (CDMS-Diabetes) by health care providers will save Ontarians' lives, limbs and vision.
  • The Diabetes Registry will help patients and health care providers manage care for Ontarians with diabetes according to recommended guidelines.

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