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. It is well documented that an electively managed EHR implementation is a key enabler in improving quality of care while optimizing available resources. A critical component to success is the ability to connect separate silos of information in a cost effective and scalable way to deliver cross-functional benefits, from the physician’s office to the acute care community. In 2006, a Canadian integrated health services provider was among the first to explore the concept of expanding EHR access to multiple stakeholders. Through the strategic use of data transformation and portal technologies, and the participation of key stakeholders, the organization has made exemplary progress in expanding data sharing capabilities across various healthcare communities. With the technology and process foundations in hand, and a proven methodology in place, it is continuing to explore opportunities to expand the reach of clinical data information sharing with multiple stakeholders.