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Primary Care Data Sharing (PCDS)


The Primary Care Data Sharing (PCDS) project is a connecting South West Ontario (cSWO) project being led by the eHealth Centre of Excellence (eCE), in its role as one of cSWO's Change Management and Adoption Delivery Partners and with the input and support of key stakeholders from across the province.


As part of addressing the need to share primary care data across the continuum of care, the cSWO PCDS project is enabling a sub-set of primary care data to be shared as part of Ontario’s integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR). PCDS will help optimize meaningful use of the EHR by providing new and valuable data that will be accessible to authorized care providers and help support the delivery of patient care.


The project  currently involves conducting  a proof of concept (POC) involving up to four primary care teams in south west Ontario. Primary care physicians within those teams will contribute a clinically determined

and standardized sub-set of data from their EMRs to a provincial repository at eHealth Ontario, to be accessed by other authorized health care providers who are within the patient’s circle of care, via the cSWO Program's Regional Clinical Viewer, ClinicalConnect™.


PCDS will explore the benefit, challenges, and feasibility of sharing patients’ primary care data electronically through the Electronic Health Record. The project will help to identify the data standards, change management approaches, and technical integration requirements that need to be in place for both sharing primary care data and demonstrating clinical value. The POC is also informing the evolving provincial primary care data sharing strategy.


We are pleased to announce that as of December 2nd, 2017, primary care data is now live and available to be viewed through ClinicalConnect by select organizations participating in the POC.  For more on this latest update, please consult the cSWO newsletter here.


The PCDS project is being undertaken in collaboration with eHealth Ontario, OntarioMD, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the cSWO Program. For additional information please contact