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Community mental health IT

Mental health providers collaborate on project

ORILLIA and TORONTO – Enaahtig Healing Lodge & Learning Centre and Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital have selected B Sharp Technologies to support their participation in the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN “Doorways” project.

The Doorways pilot project consists of four of Ontario’s 14 LHINs who are working together to establish a provider portal to securely share and access accurate health information electronically. This LHIN-directed initiative is expected to help deliver enhanced healthcare capabilities to service providers and their clients by improving the continuity of care across providers.

B Sharp’s, B Care solution will span the full continuum of in-patient, community and outpatient care programs for OSMH’s mental health programs, providing a longitudinal view of the client from entry to exit.

For Enaahtig, the same solution will be used to streamline the data collection and reporting processes for their aboriginal community mental health program. Both organizations will benefit from a common software platform that addresses recent initiatives to standardize common assessments for the community mental health sector while maintaining each organization’s unique workflow and care practices.

According to Nena LaCaille, Executive Director for Enaahtig’s aboriginal community mental health program, “The partnership is a positive step forward for both organizations and demonstrates a commitment to working collaboratively to improve client care and standardize technology that will support current and future LHIN and eHealth Ontario initiatives.”

Gerald Gignac, Director of OSMH’s Mental Health Programs added, “The partnership will ensure consistency across our organizations, improve data quality and access to real-time client information, and enhance clinical decision support at the point of care.”

Robert Lazar, B Sharp’s Chief Executive Officer, added, “We are extremely pleased to have been selected for this project and look forward to expanding our partnerships with Enaahtig and OSMH. This pilot project strengthens our commitment to developing meaningful and clinically relevant applications to meet and exceed evolving healthcare standards.” Lazar further added, “This implementation is a significant milestone in the evolution of the community and acute care sectors working collectively to support mental health and addictions.”

The Doorways pilot project is funded by eHealth Ontario.

About Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre
The Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre provides opportunities for holistic healing and learning based on the principals of aboriginal culture, to individuals and families in a safe environment in order to foster healthy, balanced communities and nations. For more information please visit their website at www.enaahtig.ca.

About Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometers north of Toronto) and serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and pediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. For more information please visit their website at www.osmh.on.ca.

About B Sharp Technologies Inc.
B Sharp provides clinically driven web-based solutions to hospitals, clinics and other points of healthcare delivery. Under the brand name B Care, the company has developed an interoperable Health Information Management solution for Mental Health, Complex Care and Rehab, Long-Term Care and Chronic Disease Management which includes assessments, care planning, multi-disciplinary care, and outcome based reporting. For more information please visit their website at
www.bsharp.com.


Posted February 10, 2011

 

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