In 2003, New Brunswick Department of Health took its first steps towards creating a province-wide electronic health record (EHR) system – an essential building block for reaching the Province’s ultimate vision of creating a ‘One Patient, One Record’ (OPOR) care system.
Gazing into the OPOR eye
The EHR would link all care resources across the Province so that a patient’s record would contain all information from hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and diagnostic imaging into a single up-to-date record available to authorised clinicians when needed.
To make the OPOR vision a reality, the Government of New Brunswick began by announcing their Provincial Health Plan 2008-2012, Transforming New Brunswick’s Health-care, which not only called for the restructuring of healthcare delivery and governance but also the investment in new and enhanced healthcare services. In 2007, the Province announced that, in collaboration with Canada Health Infoway, it would begin the implementation of a provincial EHR. They selected Orion Health as their vendor of choice to provide its Concerto, Clinical Data Repository (CDR) Provider Registry and Rhapsody Integration Engine.
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