Digital Health

Digital HealthDigital Health is one of the Champlain LHIN's key priorities.

In addition to having specific goals to ensure alignment with provincial strategies towards the establishment of electronic health records for everyone, Digital Health supports improved effectiveness and efficiency across all other priority areas in our health system.

Below are some of our key projects and initiatives:


ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region

ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region is a strategy funded by eHealth Ontario that, together with four LHINS (South East, Champlain, North East, and North West), will integrate health care systems and give health care providers timely and secure access to patient information and records.

These four LHINs have grouped into an eHealth "cluster" to work together to implement a provincial standardsā€based "system integration hub."

Learn more by visiting this eHealth Ontario webpage.

Diagnostic Imaging Repository

Champlain is one of three LHINs collaborating on the Northern and Eastern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network to develop one of four shared repositories across Ontario for medical images and associated diagnostic reports.

The Diagnostic Imaging Repository project facilitates electronic transfer of images and reports between more than 60 diagnostic imaging departments in Northern and Eastern Ontario.

This eliminates 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 clinicians.

eConsult

In 2010, the Champlain LHIN successfully established a secure, web-based application that connects specialists and primary care providers. This initiative is formally known as Champlain BASE, which stands for Building Access to Specialists through eConsultation, and was created in partnership with Bruyère Research Institute, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, and The Ottawa Hospital.

eConsult helps primary care providers quickly and effectively consult with various specialities on patient issues. In almost 70% of cases, a face-to-face referral is avoided. This saves patients from often long waits and other inconveniences, and saves the health system money.

As a means of improving care across the province, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is evaluating the benefits of various eConsultation models through a series of pilots. The Champlain service was selected as one of the pilots, and has also been extended to the Mississauga Halton LHIN region for access by its providers.

eConsult - by the Numbers (pdf)

eReferral Strategy

Since 2009, the Champlain, South East and Central East LHINs have implemented pilot projects with the purpose of exploring the potential of eReferrals. The eReferral Strategy White Paper was written on behalf of the Champlain, South East and Central East LHINs. It is intended to stimulate further discussion, will serve as a foundation for the next phase of the project, and as such, it will evolve.

Hospital Information Systems - Convergence and Consolidation

Meditech is one of the most commonly used hospital information systems in Champlain. To drive efficiency and savings in both capital and operational costs, Champlain LHIN is working with hospitals in the region that currently use Meditech to converge their separate systems into a consolidated common one.

Once the project is complete, it would also result in the use of common data standards across the region, as well as simplification of shared access to patient records across the participating sites.

Regional Clinical Document Repository

The LHIN-initiated Clinical Document Repository project is critical in the development of an electronic health record for citizens of Eastern Ontario. It is an electronic storehouse of key patient records that are most commonly shared among health care providers across the patient's continuum of care.

The repository is improving access to care for patients, and strengthening the quality of care with the availability of more complete and timely information.

In many cases, physicians are now able to contact the patient for follow-up care the same day the patient is released from the hospital or has a diagnostic scan – previously, this was not possible.

Regional Collaboration Space

A goal of the LHIN is to build an electronic infrastructure that allows information sharing, collaboration, and communication to occur effectively and efficiently.

A key component for achieving this objective is the Champlain LHIN Collaboration Space, launched in April 2009 (hosted by Winchester District Memorial Hospital).

Health care workers are first and foremost knowledge workers. As such, they need to be able to share information, consult with one another, and help others navigate the health care system. However, health organizations are typically separate enterprises with internal systems that are not readily accessible to external collaborators.

The Champlain LHIN Collaboration Space provides a secure and easy-to-use environment that addresses this need for a variety of scenarios and applications.

Watch this video to learn how the Champlain LHIN is improving patient and client care with this important tool.

For more information on the above initiatives, contact Amir Afkham, LHIN Senior Project Manager (amir.afkham@lhins.on.ca, or 613.747.3235).