OntarioMD Peer Leader Program celebrates its five-year anniversary!

5 years ago, the OntarioMD Peer Leader program began with nine physicians and a goal of helping practices to adopt EMRs. Today 44 Peer Leaders (Physicians, Clinic Managers, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners) are available to assist our 9,000 physicians to optimize the use of their EMRs. Read article

About the Peer Leader Program

The Peer Leader Program, a joint collaborative effort between OntarioMD and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), is a complimentary service that allows Clinicians access to online resources and a network of Peer Leaders who are advanced clinical and management users, experienced in fully functional EMRs.

Peer Leaders mentor their colleagues by acting as EMR Subject Matter Experts, drawing on their own expertise and experiences of other groups they have worked with in the planning and adoption of an EMR, as well as the best practices created by using an EMR, to improve practice efficiency and quality patient care.

Peer Leaders play a critical role within the OntarioMD Change Management Team, and can be accessed for questions through every part of the EMR Adoption life-cycle, from awareness to implementation, to post adoption and the fully mature use of an EMR.

Currently, the Peer Leader Program comprises of 30 Physician Peer-leaders and 14 Clinic Managers. Up to 22 Nurse Peer Leaders will be added to the program soon. For more information on individual Peer Leaders, please click here.

The Background

In 2007, the OntarioMD Peer Leader program was introduced in partnership with Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), to connect physicians and office managers with their colleagues to support them in the adoption and use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

In 2012, a joint collaborative effort between OntarioMD and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) has led to the expansion of the program to include Nurses and Nurse practitioners giving rise to the new 'OntarioMD-RNAO Peer Leader program'. This program, now includes  Physicians, Clinic managers and Nurses or Nurse practitioners as Peer Leaders.