OntarioMD brings digital health ed to Northern Ontario

By Sarah Hutchison, LLM, MHSc, OntarioMD Chief Executive Officer

You can register to attend an On the Road with OntarioMD seminar near you at www.ontariomd.ca/about-us/events/on-the-road-with-ontariomd. Or, contact support@ontariomd.com for more information about any of our Digital Health Education Program components. You can also plan to attend the EMR: Every Step Conference in Toronto on Sept. 27.

Across Ontario, more than 16,000 primary care providers are using an EMR certified by OntarioMD in their practice, and this means that more than 11 million patients now have an electronic medical record. In the North East and North West LHINs, an increasing number of primary care providers and specialists have not only made the switch from paper to digital records, they are readily embracing other digital health tools integrated with their EMRs for improved communication with hospitals and specialty clinics, making transitions of care easier for their patients.

Supporting primary care providers and specialists in the North and elsewhere across the province to connect to EMRs and provincial digital health assets, and understand how to use those tools effectively to realize clinical value and improve patient outcomes, are key goals for our organization. That’s why we’re bringing our On the Road with OntarioMD series of intimate EMR learning seminars to Thunder Bay, North Bay and Sudbury this summer.

We launched On the Road with OntarioMD in late 2017, in response to requests from physicians who wanted to attend our popular annual EMR: Every Step Conferences, but couldn’t because of geography and time considerations. On the Road with OntarioMD events are interactive evening sessions presented at no cost to physician practices and nurse practitioner-led clinics and their staff who use a certified EMR. These seminars have been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Ontario Chapter for two hours of Mainpro+ credits. Over dinner, an educational presentation focused on a key health care topic (currently safe opioid prescribing), and time with OntarioMD Peer Leaders in front of EMRs, attendees have the chance to network and discuss digital health tips they can use in their own practice.

At these seminars, OntarioMD Practice Advisors can also start the enrolment process for attendees to access:

• ONE® ID (login credentials to access provincial digital health tools such as eConsult)
• eConsult to electronically request specialist advice
• Health Report Manager (HRM) to receive hospital reports electronically in your EMR
• Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) to access lab results in your EMR

Since OntarioMD’s founding in 2005, we’ve learned that simply adopting an EMR isn’t enough to realize its clinical value; primary care providers and specialists need access to ongoing learning and peer networking opportunities to understand how to adapt their EMR for their own practice goals, and improve patient outcomes. Our Digital Health Education Program – of which the On the Road with OntarioMD seminars and EMR: Every Step Conference series are just two components, aims to provide a broad range of digital health education opportunities to community-based practices (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinic managers and other clinic staff) across Ontario.

Other program components include:
• Peer Leader Program – A province-wide network of 60 family physicians, specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners and clinic managers, who are expert EMR users, understand the unique needs and challenges of busy practices in different regions, and can mentor and educate physicians and staff.
• OntarioMD Quality Support Program – Delivered by OntarioMD Practice Advisors and Practice Enhancement Consultants, the program supports practices to improve quality of care using resources, training and effective tools and techniques that enhance clinical and practice management, and optimize digital health use.
• Online Training – OntarioMD’s EMR Progress Assessment (EPA) tool assesses users’ current EMR use and helps identify areas for improvement.
• And, our new Privacy & Security Training Module is an online resource that educates all health care professionals on how to protect Personal Health Information and meet their legal obligations as Health Information Custodians (HICs) under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Both training tools are offered through OntarioMD.ca from any device that connects to the Internet, ensuring access even in remote practice areas.

You can register to attend an On the Road with OntarioMD seminar near you at www.ontariomd.ca/about-us/events/on-the-road-with-ontariomd. Or, contact support@ontariomd.com for more information about any of our Digital Health Education Program components. You can also plan to attend the EMR: Every Step Conference in Toronto on Sept/ 27.

OntarioMD supports primary care providers using a certified EMR with all their digital health needs. If you are using an EMR certified by OntarioMD and you would like some guidance on how to realize data quality improvements and get more benefit from your EMR’s features and functionality, trusted advice is just an email or phone call away. An OntarioMD Practice Advisor or Peer Leader can visit your practice at your convenience to help you realize the clinical value of digital health for your patients and your practice. Contact OntarioMD at info@ontariomd.com or 1-866- 339-1233.

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