HDIRS connects more hospitals to
MARKHAM, Ont. - In early January,
Markham Stouffville Hospital became the sixth health facility connected
to the Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) data
HDIRS is a partnership between 23 Ontario-based hospital corporations.
The organization formed with the founding goal of creating a shared
diagnostic imaging repository.
When all of HDIRS partners are connected to the diagnostic imaging
repository, the system will enable 35 health facilities to share
diagnostic images (such as X-rays and ultrasounds) and reports. HDIRS
was formerly known as the Toronto East Network (TEN) system.
Said Lynne Campkin, Director, Diagnostic Imagining, Markham Stouffville
Hospital: “It will definitely improve patient care and at the same time
reduce costs. In the past we have had to share images through the mail
or by patients transporting them.
“Tracking reports and images was costly and required a lot of
administrative attention,” she added. “Now, images are in one place and
only one place and they can be securely accessed any time. This is good
for the patient; delays between appointments will be reduced and the
ability for clinicians to consult will be improved.”
HDIRS, which is funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Ontario Ministry
of Health, is managing the development, implementation and operation of
a shared diagnostic imaging repository. By working together, the HDIRS
partners are achieving economies of scale and shared service benefits
that could not have been realized independently.
In December, Peterborough Regional Health Centre was also connected to
the Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) data
“The HDIRS repository is the first step towards having an electronic
health record,” commented Nancy Cafik, Director, Diagnostic Imaging,
Peterborough Hospital. “In less than 24 months our hospital moved from
using conventional film based X-rays to archiving digital images in a
secure shared repository.
“We are looking forward to sharing images with the hospitals we refer to
and that refer to us,” she said. “It will be a great benefit to review
diagnostic images before moving patients. Potentially it may reduce the
transfer of some patients. It will definitely speed up consultations
Also in December, the Rouge Valley Health System was connected to the
Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) data repository.
Commenting on the work that led up to connecting Rouge Valley Health
System with the shared DI-r, Jeffrey Hohenkerk, Director of Diagnostic
Imaging and Laboratory Medicine, Rouge Valley Health System, commented,
“It was seamless. The connection didn’t impact staff or our ability to
Mr. Hohenkerk added, “The connection prepares us for sharing health
information with other facilities. As a result of this sharing,
redundant tests will be reduced, allowing some patients to avoid
unnecessary exposure to radiation. Right now, through HDIRS, we are
connecting to other public health facilities, but our vision is to
eventually work closer with all healthcare sectors, including private