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Hamilton joins Open Source Order Set Network

HAMILTON, Ont. – Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) welcomes its newest partner in providing healthcare solutions, the Open Source Order Set (OSOS) Network. Expanding upon its commitment to improve the quality of patient care, HHS will be integrating the OSOS network into its family of hospitals.

This partnership will provide HHS with new technology that will be a key foundation for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and will provide access to Order Sets created from around Ontario and across the country.

By using Order Sets to help create orders for patients, physicians will have on-the-spot guidance about which tests, medications, and procedures are best for each patient.

This instant access to a best practice and evidence-based tool improves patient outcomes by preventing unnecessary treatments and tests, saving valuable time and resources, and reducing errors while enhancing communication between healthcare team members.

Rob Lloyd, MD FRCPC, Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care and Medical Director, Clinical Informatics at HHS says, “This new HHS-OSOS partnership will provide great opportunities for improving patient care. Our order sets project is going to help us to improve on our record of bringing evidence and best practice to the bedside through external collaboration, internal consensus-building, and sharing with peers. We’re excited about this new partnership.”

HHS is also particularly excited that the OSOS Network enables sharing and collaboration between clinicians across Canadian healthcare organizations. “A collaborative approach is just common sense in Canadian healthcare,” according to Chris O’Connor (pictured above), MD, founder of OSOS. “This collaborative approach will empower organizations and enable them to learn from one another, ultimately providing better care to our patents.”

About Hamilton Health Sciences
Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of six unique hospitals and a cancer centre, serving more than 2.3 million residents of Hamilton and central west Ontario. Hamilton Health Sciences is the second largest hospital in Ontario and the regional centre for burns, trauma, cardiac, stroke, neurosurgery, pediatrics, digestive diseases, high-risk obstetrics, cancer, orthopedics and rehabilitation services. With a staff of approximately 10,000, the hospital is the largest employer in Hamilton, Ontario. As an academic teaching hospital with more than 1,000 beds and an affiliation with McMaster University and Mohawk College, Hamilton Health Sciences is committed to providing exemplary healthcare for the people and communities we serve and advancing excellence in education and health research.

About Open Source Order Sets
OSOS is a web-enabled, collaborative network of over 90 hospitals in four provinces. OSOS provides a comprehensive Order Set solution, including a library of over 360 evidence based best practice Order Sets, Order Set project methodology, access to all Order Sets of organizations that belong to the OSOS Network and unlimited project support. This comprehensive approach enables organizations to realize the many benefits associated with effective Order Set use including improved quality of care, reduced costs and increased CPOE effectiveness. For further information, see