box10.gif (1299 bytes)







Regional networks

Eastern Ontario hospitals have EMPI up and running

OTTAWA – 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 process.

For more information, please visit