About eHealth Ontario

Uploaded by eHealthOntario on 09.04.2012

WOMAN: eHealth Ontario is the electronic digital network
that connects healthcare providers
to your medical information.
Using electronic health records and new digital systems,
eHealth enhances patient care so that health practitioners
can access your medical records instantly.
Anywhere, any time, and when it matters most.
Soon, two-thirds of Ontario will have electronic medical records,
and that is revolutionizing
the delivery of healthcare in the province.
Over time, eHealth Ontario will be managing
the electronic records of over 13 million Ontarians.
From Kingston to Kenora, and from Toronto to Thunder Bay.
Every patient's medical record will be accessible
to every doctor, hospital, community health centre
and laboratory across the province.
An Electronic Medical Record, or EMR, is a place that we store
all the health information that we have about a patient.
It allows me, as a physician, to record any information
that the patient brings to me.
And then any other information that we gather about the patient
is collected together into this one electronic record.
In the past, it's been extremely difficult and painful,
because I have had many health problems.
My most frustrating is when you get blood work
and it's not given to all four or five specialists.
As a nurse, I'm dealing with vaccinations
all the time for our patients.
Whether it's immunizations for early infancy, childhood,
or adult, it's key for me to have an EMR at hand.
And it removed the pressure of having to remember
details of family history, prescription use.
I am able to identify patients who might be at risk
of developing a chronic disease such as diabetes.
Being able to access patient charts
from inside and outside the hospital,
and having emergency room physicians
have access to family doctor charts and vice versa
will be indispensable for the patient,
and eHealth's continuing integration of that
will be very vital for the healthcare system going forward.
Hugely impacts my life,
that I can start to get on with living.
With ePrescribing, prescriptions will arrive electronically
in my pharmacy directly from the doctor's office,
in an easy-to-read format.
Thanks to eHealth Ontario,
this fast and clear communication to the pharmacist
will allow me to spend more time with my patients,
helping them manage their medications.
I believe this will enhance patient care.
I'm Michael Fehlings, I'm a practicing neurosurgeon
at Toronto Western Hospital.
ENITS is the Emergency Neurosurgical
Information Transfer System,
and it allows a neurosurgeon in Ontario
to access emergency x-rays and CAT Scans
on critically-ill neurosurgical and spinal patients.
With electronic digital imaging,
patients now have access to neurosurgeons
who can examine their CT Scans around the clock.
The other system we have is a shared PACS system
that we have with our regional partners,
all connected through eHealth Ontario networks.
Sharing the same back-end PACS infrastructure,
so exams from one hospital are easily shared
with exams from another hospital.
This allows us to share clinical information
and share expertise across the region.
That way, patients have access to expertise
right across the province.
The eHealth Network has allowed us to save
half a million dollars.
The biggest advantage of PACS system
is that you get the instant images.
So rather than using the old film,
it allows you to look at the image immediately,
and organize the plan of treatment.
eHealth Ontario manages one of the most advanced
high-speed digital networks in modern healthcare.
The eHealth Network allows healthcare providers
to share information
in a secure and protected environment.
The speed of transferring information electronically
reduces wait times, eases patient anxiety,
and saves money by eliminating unnecessary lab tests
and duplication in the system.
As we are sending our patient results out electronically,
doctors receive these results faster, more reliably,
with accuracy and with insured privacy.
"Telepathology" refers to providing pathology services
using digitized slides and the internet as a means of linking.
The main benefit of this technology
to Northern Ontario patients is access and timely access
to subspecialty care, which they otherwise would not have.
As a mom, one thing I really appreciate
is that lab results can be sent electronically.
So I think that's a very positive step
that eHealth has made for patients in Ontario.
eHealth Ontario has also been very--
Obviously very responsible for funding
the electronic medical records systems in physicians offices.
We couldn't have done that major infrastructure investment
without the assistance of eHealth.
I think eHealth in the last few years has done a great job
working with the Ontario Medical Association
to deploy EMR strategy.
GREG REED: At eHealth Ontario, we're improving patient outcomes
through electronic data delivery.
We're using technology to improve the quality
of your healthcare, and how fast you receive it.
We're making the system more efficient
by connecting your electronic health records
with the healthcare providers you rely on most.
eHealth Ontario is about you.
It's about improving your healthcare experience,
it's about finding savings and value for the Ontario taxpayer.
It's about progress and the future.
It's about making our healthcare system
more responsive to your needs.
eHealth Ontario. It's working for you.