EMR Maturity Model

Optimize and Advance EMR Use

More than 17,000 community-based family physicians, specialists and nurse practitioners in Ontario use an OntarioMD-certified EMR. Clinicians who have been using their EMRs for several years have developed the expertise to leverage many of the features of their EMR. Those who are new to EMRs are mastering the basics. To help clinicians get beyond the basics and realize the benefits an EMR has to offer, OntarioMD developed the EMR Maturity Model and the EMR Progress Assessment (EPA).

The EMR Maturity Model was designed to measure the effective use and value of an EMR. It acts as a detailed roadmap to help clinicians optimize their EMR use. The model represents the existing and potential capabilities of an EMR in the evolving digital health landscape. It represents six levels of EMR maturity across three functional areas within a practice. It uses 10 key measures to evaluate a clinician's level of EMR use.

Maturity Model Diagram

The EMR Maturity Model is a standardized way to assess EMR proficiency that is comparable to other provincial and international methods and models. It helps clinicians understand their current EMR use and determine how else they want to be using their EMR to meet practice goals.

EMR Maturity Model

IntegrateUse of portals, hubs, attachment to provincial e-health platforms sharing data from the EMR.
4Population Data UseDashboarding of whole populations, acting upon the whole, performing population analysis at the practice level.
3Look Ahead / PredictReminders and alerts are used at the point of care. Searches are done regularly and scheduled for review.
2Early Data UseActing upon the output of episodic searches, quick entry tools, forms, calculators, etc.
1Enter DataDocumentation occurs electronically. Progress notes, forms, and other documents are entered into the EMR.
0PaperProcesses are primarily paper-based.