Proof of Concepts

OntarioMD 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 OntarioMD.

OntarioMD 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 OntarioMD-certified EMR offerings will be selected to participate in Proof of Concepts through an invitational Request for Service (RFS) process. OntarioMD 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 OntarioMD Peer Leader Program, and/or physicians who are clients of the participating EMR vendors.

EMR Quality Dashboard

OntarioMD is leading a Proof of Concept initiative with OSCAR EMR and TELUS Health Solutions Inc. to demonstrate improved clinical value to Ontario clinicians through an EMR Quality Dashboard framework. Approximately 430 clinicians across all 14 LHINs using one of the participating vendors’ EMRs (OSCAR, PS Suite, MedAccess) are currently taking part in the initiative, and that number will expand to 500 clinicians by March 2019. The EMR Quality Dashboard framework:
  • provides access to an introductory set of high-value provincial primary health care indicators centred on preventive care and chronic disease management;
  • associates indicators with data quality improvement; and
  • is provincially scalable and expandable for new and evolving provincial indicators.

Read our Phase 1 Benefits Evaluation and Final Report.

Next Steps
Phase 2 of the EMR Quality Dashboard Proof of Concept is now running to March 2019. During Phase 2, we will:

  • further identify and refine dashboard indicators; and 
  • define a business plan that supports broader provincial Dashboard planning.

Clinicians participating in Phase 2 are being supported by OntarioMD’s EMR Practice Enhancement Program (EPEP) team. EPEP advisors have a unique blend of EMR technology expertise and knowledge of physician practice needs and priorities. They use a proven change management process to help clinicians optimize EMRs and digital health tools for practice efficiency.

For more information on OntarioMD's EMR Quality Dashboard initiative, read our Proof of Concept Summary and Frequently Asked Questions, or email