Introduction 

Historically, integration of patients’ health data and information was confined to the walls of their healthcare organization. Today, hospitals, Family Health Teams (FHT) and leaders in the healthcare space recognize that it is vitally important to integrate aspects of their patient’s health data. Spanning the continuum of care, beyond those walls of a single healthcare organization, into the community and in some instances moving that data into a patient’s home.

As healthcare organizations merge to become more efficient from an operations perspective, it is critical to have a robust, scalable and proven integration engine. The right partnership with a company that understands how to leverage existing assets, and how to integrate legacy systems is first priority and critical in order to take health data beyond the hospital walls.

Some challenges and opportunities exist around:

  • Emerging technical and interoperability standards.
  • Using FHIR APIs to accelerate healthcare IT integration.
  • Moving beyond institutional procurement to innovative Public Private Partnerships with shared risk.
  • Getting the most from your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) investment by integrating point of care EMR data into jurisdictional Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).
  • Expanding beyond healthcare integration into education, social services and other government institutions.

Within this paper, we explore each of these themes through specific Use Case Studies. These case studies support the assertion that, when effective partnership and integration strategy leads the transformation of healthcare organizations, the future needs of care delivery can change the quality of patient care across the entire care continuum