Hawkesbury General Hospital, a 69-bed community hospital in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network of Ontario, Canada, has purchased Emergis’ Oacis electronic health record technology.
An electronic health record (EHR) allows healthcare professionals to rapidly and securely access a complete record of a patient’s health history online and in real-time. Hawkesbury General is the second hospital to purchase Oacis in the Champlain L Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) after The Ottawa Hospital, and the fourth to do so in Ontario.
The installation of the full suite of Oacis web-based products will begin in autumn 2007, and Emergis will provide the professional resources required for the implementation of the system.
Oacis modules to be installed include a clinical viewer, which enables clinicians to quickly access the patient’s online record from any secure internet connection; an order management capability to provide more informed decision-making, reduce medication errors and increase patient safety; and online clinical documentation modules to record clinical observations and create clinical notes.
With this new contract, Emergis strengthens its presence in the Champlain region and Ontario’s health IT sector, said Mark Groper, executive vice president of health – public sector at Emergis. We are pleased that Hawkesbury has chosen Oacis as the best possible solution to complete the electronic transformation of their systems and are proud to collaborate with them to improve the delivery of healthcare in the region.
In addition to deploying Oacis at two hospitals within the Champlain LHIN, Emergis has also implemented its Oacis EMPI application in hospitals across the region in an effort to link up patient records throughout eastern Ontario.
This application compares key data elements from multiple patient records in various facilities and determines the probability that they are or are not related to the same patient, thus saving significant time and cost for hospital personnel and reducing wait times for patients by creating more complete patient records.