Eastern Ontario hospitals have EMPI up
– DINMAR, a leading North American healthcare information technology
company, announced that four hospitals in Eastern Ontario’s Champlain
Region have successfully implemented the company’s Oacis EMPI
(Enterprise Master Patient Index) solution suite as a first step towards
linking patient records region-wide.
The implementation links duplicate records from the disparate Admission,
Discharge, and Transfer (ADT) systems at The Ottawa Hospital, Queensway
Carleton Hospital, Hawksbury & District General Hospital, and the
Renfrew Victoria Hospital and provides a single registry of demographic
data for all unique individuals.
“With the Oacis EMPI implementation, we’ve made a significant step
towards regional information interoperability,” said J.P. Soublière,
Chair of the Champlain Region IT Steering Committee. “Once rolled out
across all 18 hospital sites, we will be uniquely poised to reap
significant improvements in patient care resulting from full electronic
exchange of health information.”
Through the generation of a common identifier, the Oacis EMPI links
patient records regardless of disparate registration systems deployed
throughout a region. And by using a highly reliable, probabilistic and
deterministic matching engine consisting of algorithms and decision
trees, Oacis identifies suspected duplicate records and links them
either automatically or flags them for manual review. This helps
clinical and administrative staff, across broad jurisdictions, to more
quickly and accurately identify their mutual patients and sets the stage
to share clinical data and reduce duplication.
“Eastern Ontario gains tremendous care quality benefits – and cost
savings – by implementing the Oacis EMPI solution, and leveraging Smart
Systems for Health’s data centre and network capacity,” said Mark Groper
(pictured), President and CEO of DINMAR.
“The highly configurable nature of the EMPI provides organizations
tremendous flexibility in meeting unique identification needs such as
the bi-lingual (English/French) requirements of Canada,” continued Mr.
Groper. “With this deployment, Oacis automatically links over 90 percent
of the patient records, thus minimizing ongoing operating expenses for
resolving duplicate records manually. Using provincial investments such
as Smart System for Health also sets the stage for more replicable
implementations in the province.”
Purpose-built to connect disparate systems, the EHR
product-line is ideally suited for today’s clinical interoperability
demands. The Oacis EHR’s infrastructure suite, the Oacis Interoperable
Technology Platform , consists of a fully scaleable Clinical Data
Repository at its core, a highly flexible Integration Gateway, and
numerous open architecture-based technology components.
In addition, the Oacis Clinical Care Suite offers a tightly integrated
core set of physician, nurse and clinician applications designed from
their inception to enhance quality of care and streamline the care
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