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Electronic health records

Ontario Shores first to install Meditech 6.0

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 Ontario Shores.

The implementation of electronic health records improves access to care, enhances patient safety and increases efficiency of service for patients.

“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