Single aggregation point for patient health information province-wide offers significant business and clinical benefits, from the health system level to the frontline circle of care.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) is a provincial crown agency that supports the development of data and technical standards, maintains key health databases, prepares and distributes health reports, and supports and carries out applied health research and benefts evaluations.
In collaboration with the Provincial Government, the province’s four regional health authorities and Canada Health Infoway, NLCHI is also responsible for the development, implementation, adoption and ongoing governance of initiatives to support the transformation of healthcare province-wide. To date, these have included, the Pharmacy Network, the provincial Client and Provider Registries, the first provincial Picture Archiving & Communications System (PACS) and most recently an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
Through the efforts of Canada Health Info-way, it has become widely accepted that the Holy Grail in Canadian healthcare is a pan-Canadian EHR – a single, secure and comprehensive health record for each citizen that is accessible by any authorised care provider across the country who is part of a patient’s circle of care. NLCHI is now well on its way to meeting that goal within Newfoundland and Labrador, through the implementation of HEALTHe Newfoundland and Labrador (HEALTHe NL). HEALTHe NL is a provincial electronic health record based on the pan-Canadian EHR vision described in the Infoway EHRS Blueprint. When fully implemented, the EHR will provide a single, consolidated repository for a broad spectrum of patient information, including: drug prescription and medication records; lab test results, such as from blood tests; medical images and radiology reports; care plans and discharge summaries; clinical and mental health reports; and much more. Through this multi-year initiative, HEALTHe NL will improve information access and decision-making by authorised clinicians, thereby enhancing patient care and safety.
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