Electronic health records
Ontario Shores first to install
WHITBY, Ont. –
Ontario Shores is the first hospital in Canada to implement Meditech
6.0, the EHR developer’s latest software version. Improvements to the
system include a fast user interface with workflow-oriented screens and
secure internet access.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, located just east of
Toronto, is a leader in mental healthcare, providing a spectrum of
specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with
complex mental illness.
Pictured: Amanda Baird, Integrated Health Services, Ontario Shores
Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
Ontario Shores started the installation of Meditech 6.0 in 2009 and has
made significant enhancements to patient care and hospital operations as
a result of the software’s new functions, the hospital said.
“Since launching Phase I in October 2009, we have implemented new
operational processes and have seen positive changes in pharmacy and
drug administration, Health Information Management and Enterprise
Resource Planning,” said Karim Mamdani, Chief Operating Officer at
The implementation of electronic health records improves access to care,
enhances patient safety and increases efficiency of service for
“By Phase II we can expect to see a complete transformation in the way
we record information, as all information will be tracked
electronically. We can expect to see more electronic devices, reduced
risk of errors, improved patient safety and additional support for
making clinical decisions. The need for searching through paper-based
records will be eliminated,” said Mamdani.
Ontario Shores’ partnership with Meditech for the development of this
innovative system is driven by the organization’s strategy to improve
quality through accuracy of documentation and efficiency of treatment,
while building a practical tool that provides real data and statistical
information for its learning and research initiatives.
“Implementing an electronic health record system requires a tremendous
amount of innovation, dedication and teamwork,” said Glenna Raymond,
Ontario Shores President and CEO. “I am very proud of our organization
for reaching this milestone which will allow us to support our
commitment to patient care and reach our vision of recovering best
health, nurturing hope and inspiring discovery.”
Phase II implementation of Meditech 6.0 at Ontario Shores is scheduled
to launch in October 2010.
Posted March 11, 2010