Getting connected to ehealth
BY CANDACE CHARTIER
hose of you who work in long-term care know what
currently like to try to get information on your
residents from labs, diagnostic imaging and hospitalizations. You call, you fax, and you wait. This goes on
for not days. In the meantime, your residents are
waiting for the results and potential changes in their
What if you could get all of that online, in real time?
Soon that may be possible for most long-term care homes
in Ontario. The Ontario Long Term Care Association is
spearheading a project to provide Ontario long-term care
homes with secure access to electronic medical information from provincial data sources. This would
include hospital information, lab results and diagnostic
record information (e.g., medication information) as the
province expands its EHR infrastructure.
LTC eConnect is a collaboration with Canada Health
Infoway, eHealth Ontario, and software companies PointClickCare and ThoughtWire. The Ontario Association of
Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors and the Ontario
Long Term Care Clinicians are also key partners. The
project is funded by Canada Health Infoway and supported
by eHealth Ontario and Ministry of Health and
keep you up to date about LTC eConnect in upcoming
issues of the magazine. In the meantime, if you would like
more information, please contact Nancy Cooper, Director
of Quality and Performance at the Ontario Long Term Care
Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This exciting new project is called LTC eConnect. a
groundbreaking initiative with the potential to substantially
improve the quality and timeliness of resident care, particularly following transitions of care. LTC eConnect is also expected to reduce duplicate orders, eliminate unnecessary
paperwork and follow-up calls, and support better clinical
Report on long-term care
Privacy controls will ensure that only registered professionals have access to secure information available in the
integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR), and only information about the residents under their care.
The report will be released at our annual conference, This
is Long Term Care, to be held November 23 to 25 in
Toronto. To register for the conference, and to download a
copy of the report when it is released, visit www.oltca.com.
This is the just the first stage. Over time, long-term care
homes will be able to access more electronic health
Hope to see you there!. LTCT
Candace Chartier is CEO of the Ontario Long Term
LONG TERM CARE TODAY
This November, the Ontario Long Term Care Association is
releasing its third annual report on the sector, This is Long
Term Care 2016. In this report, find current data on
long-term care residents; an overview of quality improvement in Ontario long-term care homes; a summary of care
trends and issues; and much more.