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Proof of Concepts

OntarioMD (OMD) works with EMR vendors, clinicians and other partner organizations on Proof of Concepts to define and evaluate emerging EMR functional and EHR integration requirements. The outcomes from these Proof of Concepts inform future EMR Specifications to be published by OMD.

OMD recognizes that EMR vendor innovation is an essential component to Proof of Concept development, and values its partnership with the EMR vendor community. All EMR vendors with OMD-certified EMR offerings will be selected to participate in Proof of Concepts through an invitational Request for Service (RFS) process. OMD also values participation of its practicing physician community to provide first-hand insight, experience and guidance in demonstrating the clinical and practice value of its Proof of Concepts. Practicing physician members from the community are selected to participate at various stages throughout the lifecycle of the Proof of Concepts. Their selection varies and can leverage physician representatives from the community (family physicians and specialists), members of the OMD Peer Leader Program, and/or physicians who are clients of the participating EMR vendors.

Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR) EMR Integration

Clinicians are tasked with juggling a high number of patient interactions and practice priorities in a limited amount of time. That's why OMD is focused on integrating as many clinically valuable practice tools into primary care providers EMRs as possible. In 2019, we began a partnership with the Ministry of Health, eHealth Ontario (now Ontario Health-Digital Services) and OMD-certified EMR vendors to integrate EMRs with the Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR).

The DHDR is a provincial resource that offers valuable real-time access to dispensed drug and pharmacy service information. DHDR data will improve patient care by allowing authorized clinicians secure electronic access to a patient's drug information. It will provide more time for diagnosing, treating and communicating with patients and improve patient outcomes by decreasing the risk of adverse drug events such as medication errors, drug reactions, allergic reactions, and overdoses. 

Giving clinicians access to the DHDR through their EMR means they won’t need to open multiple windows and log in to multiple resources – simplifying their workflow and saving them time they can use to focus on patient needs. 

First DHDR Integration with a Certified EMR is Live!

On May 18, 2021, the first certified EMR was integrated with the DHDR. Clinicians using YMS EMR, offered by YMS Inc., can launch the DHDR seamlessly and securely from within the EMR, which better suits their workflow. COVID-19 vaccination information is also included in the DHDR view, providing another tool in the battle to control the pandemic. OMD, Ontario Health, the Ministry of Health, and YMS Inc. worked on this together. If you’re interested in accessing the DHDR and don’t use YMS EMR, talk to your EMR vendor.

The Road to a Provincial Integration Solution

OMD is taking a phased approach to create an EMR-integrated solution that works for clinicians across the province. We're currently conducting a Limited Production Release, with four initial OMD-certified EMR offerings, with the goal of connecting clinicians to the DHDR. Due to COVID-19, work on integrating the Digital Health Immunization Repository (DHIR) with certified EMRs will resume later. The four EMR offerings are integrating with DHDR are:

  • Indivica
  • OSCAR EMR
  • QHR Technologies
  • YMS

Many System Benefits

The work being done to integrate the DHDR and DHIR will enable clinicians to use their EMR to:

  • View all dispensed, monitored drugs (narcotics and controlled substances), including opioids;
  • View publicly-funded drugs dispensed in Ontario, including those paid for by the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program;
  • View publicly-funded pharmacy services, such as the MedsCheck Program medication reviews and pharmacist-administered influenza vaccines;
  • Submit data related to patients' immunizations they have administered;
  • Retrieve data related to patients' immunizations administered from other institutions such as schools, public health units and hospitals; and
  • Forecast upcoming required immunizations according to the provincial immunization schedule.

For more information on OMD's DHDR, DHIR and other integration initiatives, please contact us at info@ontariomd.com