Electronic Health Record Project

Collaborators: Mohawk College, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and NexJ Systems Inc.

The goal of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) project is to provide Ontario with the necessary framework for producing leading edge eHealth solutions. The EHR project is being conducted by a team of Mohawk College Engineering Technology faculty and students with support from industry partners, including NexJ Systems.

An EHR is a secure and private lifetime record of an individual’s health and care history, available electronically to authorized health care providers. With access to complete records, doctors and clinicians will have far better information for decision-making. This is especially critical when it comes to prescriptions and treatments that are being provided by multiple doctors or specialists, or when a patient is in an emergency situation. There are approximately 2,000 health care transactions every minute in Canada, with every transaction requiring documentation and an exchange of information among health care providers.

A blueprint for an EHR prototype was developed by Canada Health Infoway, a federally-funded, independent, notfor- profit organization whose members are Canada’s 14 federal, provincial and territorial Deputy Ministers of Health. Canada Health Infoway is Canada’s catalyst for collaborative change to accelerate the use of electronic health information systems and EHRs across the country.

The EHR Project will allow Ontario to develop solutions to exchange health information according to Canada Health Infoway standards and in accordance with the HL7v3 standard. The project is an important step in creating open source, connected eHealth technology that reduces the demands on the healthcare system and improves the health of all Ontarians.

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