Enabling Technologies

Enabling Technologies (formerly known as eHealth) is one of the key priorities in the Champlain LHIN.

In addition to having specific goals to ensure alignment with provincial strategies towards the establishment of electronic health records for everyone, Enabling Technologies supports improved effectiveness and efficiency across all other priority areas as well.

Learn more about the new focus on technology as an enabler of many of the changes contemplated for the health care system in the Champlain LHIN Enabling Technologies Strategic Plan 2013-16.

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

Below are some of our key projects and initiatives:

Connecting Northern and Eastern Ontario

Diagnostic Imaging Repository

eConsultation

eReferral Strategy

Hospital Systems Convergence and Consolidation

Regional Central Intake for Outpatient CT and MRI 

Regional Clinical Document Repository

Regional Collaboration Space Video! 


Connecting Northern and Eastern Ontario

Connecting Northern and Eastern Ontario (cNEO) is an ehealth strategy funded by eHealth Ontario that, together with the four LHINS, will integrate health care systems and give health care providers timely and secure access to patient information and records. 

The four Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in Northern and Eastern Ontario (NEO): (South East, Champlain, North East, and North West) have grouped into an eHealth "cluster" to work together to implement a provincial standardsā€based "system integration hub" for the region.

Information Brochure (pdf)


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.


eConsultation

Developed by the Champlain LHIN in 2010, eConsultation is a secure, web-based application that 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. Here are some 2014-15 highlights:

Since 2013-14:

  • Completed cases more than doubled from 1,700 to 3,700+
  • 243 primary care providers joined the service, bringing the cumulative total to 650+; and
  • 27 more specialties are involved, bringing the total to 64.

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.

For more information: econsultsupport@lhinworks.on.ca (or Amir Afkham: 613.747.3235).


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 Systems Convergence and Consolidation

One of the Hospital Information Systems most commonly used in Champlain is Meditech. To drive efficiency and savings in both capital and operational costs, Champlain LHIN is working with six 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 Central Intake for outpatient CT and MRI

This initiative is in planning and focuses on the implementation and automation of a common process for handling CT and MRI requisitions in the Champlain Region to:

  • Simplify the out-patient exam booking process
  • Reduce the variability in wait times for MR and CT across the region
  • Minimize unnecessary requests in the system (eg, duplication, appropriateness, etc).

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.

Highlights for 2014-15 included:

  • The number of hospitals connected to and sending clinical documents grew to 20 across the Champlain and South East LHINs, exceeding the target of 12
  • About 500 physicians began receiving documents into their electronic medical records, with the help of partner OntarioMD.

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.