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The eHealth Centre of Excellence can provide EMR Searches for TELUS PSS, OSCAR and QHR Accuro EMRs that will support primary care providers to quickly and efficiently identify patients from their ambulatory roster who are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

In alignment with the criteria set out in the province's Phase Two vaccination roll-out plan, these queries will assist primary care providers to pull lists of patients with certain health conditions that fall within the Highest Risk, High Risk, and At Risk categories.

 

NEW as of April 27: We're also deploying a new EMR search developed by Dr. Mario Elia that will help primary care providers to quickly identify patients in hot spot communities who are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by post code.

 

EMR search by postal code

 

For more information and for more vaccine support for primary care, visit our COVID-19 vaccination resource.

 

Click here to download the EMR searches from our community portal

 

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St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton continues to showcase their leadership in the digital health space through the successful integration of CognisantMD's Ocean Platform and the Epic Hospital Information System.

 

This ground-breaking integrationwill allow electronic referrals from the hospital into the community and also from primary care and specialists’ electronic medical records into the Hospital Information System, and will supports integrated care within Ontario Health Teams (OHTs).

 

As well, this integration uses a modern SMART on FIHR approach, which is the most recent worldwide standard of secure data transfer for health care technology, specifically addressing the need to share and protect personal health information.

 

For full details, refer to the full press release.

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Kitchener, ON (March 30, 2021) - The launch of an integration that expands the innovative provincial eReferral initiative, the Ontario eServices Program, connects primary care providers with home and community care teams.  Please view press release below for more information. 

 

 

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What is changing with the Telus PSS update?

 

The latest release of Telus PSS (version 5.18) will now automatically calculate the morphine milligram equivalent (MME) score for patients who are currently taking an opioid medication.

 

Click here for full details on the Telus PSS (version 5.18) update.

 

 

What is the difference between MEQ and MME?

 

If you're familiar with our Opioid Management Toolkit, you may be wondering what the difference is between the tool's ability to calculate morphine equivalent (MEQ) vs. the update from Telus PS Suite that now includes the calculations of MME.

 

The MME and MEQ both provide equivalent information to the end user. The two terms can therefore be used interchangeably as they offer the same information output.

  

 

Telus PS Suite Update

 

Here is an example of how the MME will appear in Telus PS Suite:

 

Example of how MME appears in Telus PS Suite

 

 

Opioid Management Toolkit

 

Here is an example of how the MEQ appears in the Opioid Management Toolkit: 

 

Example of how the MEQ appears in the Opioid Management Toolkit

 

This MEQ information will continue to be displayed in a convenient and easily accessible location, visible alongside screens, information sheets, and other resources that are applicable to the management of opioid prescriptions.

 

 

Interested in a demo? To see a demo of the Opioid Management toolkit and/or to learn more about the MEQ calculations, click here to complete the sign up sheet to set up a coaching session.

 

Did you know? You can download our EMR decisions support tools - at no cost to you - directly from our community portal!

 

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The eHealth Centre of Excellence has created a COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) decision support tool in TELUS PS Suite EMR, incorporating input from Dr. James Milligan, Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, Julia Hutton (NP), Dr. Neil Naik, and Dr. Kevin Samson. This tool guides clinicians through application of best practices and consistent documentation for COPD, supporting proactive care through informed decision making and appropriate steps to improve patient’s disease trajectory. 

 

An update to the COPD EMR tool has recently been released and can be accessed through our community portal. A detailed account of the upgrades is included below, as well as a demo of how the tool works.

 

Upgrades made to the COPD EMR tool:

 

  • Displays patient’s co-morbidities; pulled from patient’s current problem list
  • Graphing vitals and Dyspnea Scale results
  • Update to the tool layout and design
  • Up-to-date guidelines for COPD based on Canadian Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guidelines updated in 2019
  • Ability to schedule the next appointment for COPD, with a reminder message
  • Ability to bill for various related COPD codes from directly within the tool
  • Updated Custom medication plan
  • New COPD action plan

 

Click the image below to watch the demo:

 

COPD EMR tool demo

 

For more information, contact emrtools@ehealthce.ca or click here to sign up for a coaching session!

 

Please take a look at this case study if you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of adopting our COPD EMR tool.

 

“Improving documentation is the first step towards understanding how well or sick my patients are, and therefore what management is required to improve their health.   By using this tool, I have had more conversations with patients regarding possible COPD, which has led to more testing to confirm diagnosis and smoking cessation referrals.”

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In honour of this year’s Digital Health Week, which is happening November 16 – 22, we’d like to recognize and celebrate the incredible dedication and agility that healthcare providers have demonstrated throughout COVID-19, as they’ve incorporated new technologies into their workflows to enable them to continue providing high-quality care to their patients.

 

Digital Health Week webinar screenshot

 

As part of Digital Health Week, we’ll be hosting a webcast/webinar that provides a comprehensive overview of how our suite of digital health tools can be used during COVID-19 and beyond.

You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about our innovative EMR decision support tools, virtual visit platforms, Ontario eServices Program (eReferral & eConsult), eCE Automates “bots”, tablets, and ePrescribing, as well as hear from a primary care physician on how these tools have impacted his practice.

Please join Ted Alexander, our VP of Partnerships and Clinical Innovation, for this webinar (with an interactive Q&A session to follow). 

 

When: Monday, November 16 – 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Space is limited, so register below today!

 

Click here to register

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We’re excited to share that our team will be presenting at this year’s AFHTO conference, Tectonic shifts: rebuilding primary care in a new world.

 

Our workshop is scheduled for October 8th, and will focus on how digital health tools can support identification and planned proactive visits for patients at risk of complications from COVID-19.

 

At the end of this interactive session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe tools to help clinicians and their offices proactively identify and connect with patients at risk during COVID-19

  2. Identify how to link these digital health tools together and embed them into patient care workflows

  3. Apply the tools to support the reopening of in-person visits with the reality of practicing in the time of COVID-19

We hope you’ll be able to join us – early bird registration ends today, so click here to register now! For more information on the conference, please visit the AFHTO website.

 

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Are you a primary care physician or nurse practitioner in the Ontario Health West region? If so, we want to hear from you!

 

Are you a primary care physician or nurse practitioner in the Ontario Health West region? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’ve put together a brief survey that seeks to find out how you are currently using virtual visits and digital health tools, barriers you’re experiencing, and how you plan to use virtual care beyond the pandemic. You will also have the opportunity to provide input on the type of supports that would be most helpful to you for integrating virtual care and various digital health tools in your practice (e.g., eReferral, ePrescribing, online booking, etc.).

The survey can be completed by clicking here!

Your feedback will help to shape the future of the digital health landscape in Ontario!

*This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB) under Project 11389. More information is available here.

 

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