EP01.02 - Will Your Point of Service System Be EHR Connectivity Ready?
e-Health ePoster Library. Van Hooydonk M. Jun 7, 2016; 131561; EP01.02
Mike Van Hooydonk
Mike Van Hooydonk
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Purpose/Objectives: eHealth Ontario helps Ontario's health care stakeholders integrate with provincial IT systems to become part of the province's electronic health record (EHR). This session examines eHealth Ontario's EHR connectivity requirements for point of service (POS) procurements guide. A business tool for planners and decisions makers, the guide describes connectivity requirements that can be used when procuring point of service systems. The guide covers interoperability, standards, and the EHR assets already approved for use in Ontario. It is a supplement to the EHR Connectivity Strategy. Discover how real-world stakeholders have used the guide in their procurement and proposal processes. Methodology/Approach: eHealth Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recognized that a number of POS procurements for hospital information systems were under way in Ontario, and that the corresponding procurement documents did not include requirements focused on interoperability. In response, eHealth Ontario developed a supplemental guide to the EHR connectivity strategy, focusing on the ongoing and future procurement of POS systems. The guide was developed so that content could be directly included in request for proposal (RFP) documentation. Stakeholders can select the content to include and cut and paste based on their requirements. Systems meeting the requirements listed in the guide will be strategically positioned to integrate with key provincial EHR assets, and pre-enabled for the province-wide exchange of clinical information. Conformance to specific requirements (e.g. Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)) will enable streamlined clinician access to province-wide systems. Finding/Results: The guide has been successfully used by a variety of provincial health organizations: • A customized version of the content was used to procure a patient monitoring solution. • An eReferral proposal included content from the guide in its system/technical requirements. • eHealth Ontario has provided direction and feedback on a number of RFPs to a committee that reviews POS procurements for the province, utilizing content from the guide. Conclusion/Implication/Recommendations: Highlights of lessons learned: • Although the guide provides a strong starting point and direction to existing requirements and specifications of EHR assets available today; there is a need for advisory services on how best to leverage these services. • Stakeholders often request assistance with developing a high-level architecture to complement EHR requirements. • It is recognized that the guide will need frequent updates with new releases of specifications for EHR services. 140 Character Summary: eHealth Ontario's guide helps you improve interoperability and EHR asset reuse for health care point of service systems.
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