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Community care systems

Electronic charting announced for children’s centres

WATERLOO, Ont. – Members of the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS), and GoldCare, a market leader in healthcare management software, are pleased to announce their partnership to implement leading-edge technology for coordinating service planning and care delivery for approximately 37,000 children across Ontario.

This partnership is part of a project funded by the Government of Ontario. In April 2010, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Laurel Broten announced $2.5 million in onetime funding for the implementation of a modernized, family-focused electronic client information system at 12 of Ontario’s Children’s Treatment Centres (CTCs).

This clinical software will allow multi-disciplinary teams to conduct a team assessment, develop an integrated plan of care, share important information, view clinical notes and monitor each child and family’s progress.

Linda Kenny (pictured), CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services said: “This partnership demonstrates how strategy and technology can come together creatively to realize collaborative and coordinated service planning and delivery for the benefit of children and families.”

Children and families in the following areas of the province will benefit from this new system: Belleville, Brantford, Chatham, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, St Catharines, Sarnia and Windsor.

Each Children’s Treatment Centre will have a common technology platform to manage every stage of the child’s care cycle. Information that was maintained separately in ‘silos’ will be consolidated and integrated, allowing key data to be shared seamlessly across the continuum of care, and within an interoperable and secure environment that protects client privacy and confidentiality.

Care team members will be able to collaborate directly to coordinate care planning and service delivery efforts, and communicate outcomes. Decisions will be made jointly to develop an interdisciplinary single plan of care for the child that best allocates services and maximizes resource capacity.

This progressive health informatics model, one of the first of its kind in Ontario, will increase data accuracy and expediency, while eliminating administrative redundancies, resulting in expected reductions in wait times, quicker referrals to services, and improved quality of care. At a system level, OACRS will gain collective statistics from the participating CTCs for outcome measurement and program planning, driving best practices to improve outcomes and to build capacity to serve areas of greatest need.

“We’re extremely proud of the role GoldCare will play in establishing an electronic client record that will support the tireless efforts of healthcare professionals across the province and assist them in improving the lives of thousands of children,” said Grant Roberts, President of GoldCare (a division of Campana Systems Inc.)

“We hope this day marks a milestone in the advancement of service planning and delivery for the community support services sector, and a step towards realizing a fully integrated and accessible client information management system for all of Ontario.”

About OACRS
OACRS is a non-profit, independent organization that represents 21 children’s treatment centres across Ontario. OACRS members are non-profit and community-based providers of rehabilitation services to children and youth with disabilities and their families. OACRS is committed to advancing an integrated, inclusive and family-centred sector. OACRS’ members provide innovative therapies and extensive treatment options to over 60,000 children with physical, developmental and communications needs annually. For more information, please see www.oacrs.com.

About GoldCare
GoldCare is a leading healthcare technology solution provider for community, residential and continuing care. An integrated approach to care management and support, and dedication to industry-advancing solutions are just some of the reasons why GoldCare is used by over 150 clients at 500 sites across North America, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, please see www.mygoldcare.com.



Posted January 27, 2011

 

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