Local Integration Activities – Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN

The CMA’s recently released 5-year Health IT strategy (see my blog post for more details) advocates, among other things, more local and regional integration projects to facilitate the exchange of patient information among providers within local referral areas.   A good example of regional integration was recently highlighted in an article in the Hamilton Spectator. According to the Spectator article:

“All electronic hospital records within the Local Health Integration Network can be accessed interhospital, except for Brant Community Healthcare and Grimsby’s West Lincoln. The accessible records for approved persons include hospital visits, treatments and procedures, tests and hospital lab results according to HHS [Hamilton Health Science] officials. Access to individual doctors’ records will come in an unspecified future phase.”

The article offers several quotes from eHealth Ontario’s CEO Greg Reed, including one of the first succinct statements on the role of eHealth Ontario.  According to Mr. Reed,  “EHealth’s role is to develop common standards to make them connected, and to form central registries of such information as inoculations given.

Mr. Reed also notes that “Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks are grouped into five regional areas with their own electronic patient record-sharing system” He suggests that people think of eHealth as a “network of networks” and observes that “The job is not to build electronic records but to expand and connect existing ones – so a family doctor for example, can view radiology and lab results to become better informed about their patients.”

Mike

One response to “Local Integration Activities – Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN

  1. I’m conducting a research paper on Health Information Technology System in Canada and was wondering if you could provide any further information to help in my paper. Anything would be appreciated and could help me better understand what Canada plans on doing with this new strategy over the years to come. Does This system believe it could enhance medical records and will it benefit the health care providers? Does Canada have any way of generating data flow faster to providers and provide a better means for tracking patient wait time. How can patients become more involved with their health care providers?
    -David

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