The province of Alberta is using Orion Health Consult to build momentum for Information Sharing as a first step in population health management, as the advancement of Electronic Health Records (EHR) has become a priority for healthcare organizations in Canada.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories. Programs and services are offered at over 650 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, cancer centers, mental health facilities and community health sites. The province also has an extensive network of community-based services designed to assist Albertans maintain and/or improve health status.
The advancement of Electronic Health Records (EHR) has been a priority for healthcare organizations in Canada. Health services were undergoing a major EHR initiative in order to provide a secure means for physicians and authorized healthcare providers to quickly access key patient information and reduce treatment delays. A portal was required that integrated a number of the region’s information systems to provide secure, region-wide access to information sources previously restricted to a single institution or clinic.
Through an open procurement process, the Orion Health Clinical Portal was selected for the project. Clinical Portal can be layered on top of existing data structures to deliver single-view access to multiple data resources. According to a practicing physician who was involved in the selection process, critical product features the committee was seeking included broad capability, ‘exibility, scalability, configurability, and ease of use through web-based delivery’. Modularity was also a significant factor.
The ability to leverage a modularized product has been a large part of the success of this initiative. “It allowed us to start small and build on that to add users when needed. That combined with our ability to bring all key stakeholders in a unified fashion to the table allowed us to become leaders in this initiative.”
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