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eCHN Adds Major New Source of Lab Data

A significant new source of online medical information has been added to eCHN's data offerings. The Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) is a province-wide repository of integrated laboratory results from hospitals, public health labs and community (private) labs that enables their transmission among authorized health care providers. eCHN, in collaboration with eHealth Ontario, has now made access to OLIS data available to all its users directly within eCHN’s portal. In doing so, eCHN has expanded its informational reach from hospital labs to several of the largest community lab systems in the province.


OLIS holds over one billion individual test results in its database, representing nine-and-a-half million Ontarians. Almost three thousand paediatric care providers are actively using eCHN to provide quality care to over two million children in Ontario. The addition of OLIS data to eCHN patient charts further enables care providers with the quick, efficient access to patient information that is so critical to the best medical decision-making.


The new availability of data from community labs on eCHN should be especially helpful to health professionals involved with primary care in the community. The most common tests ordered by family physicians for children with uncomplicated illness, such as a Complete Blood Count (CBC), are done through the community lab systems.  


The Founding CEO of eCHN, Andrew Szende, commented on the addition of OLIS, “The electronic Child Health Network has one key objective – to improve the quality of care delivered to children throughout Ontario. Critical to its evolution is the high quality and ever-growing services by eCHN to Ontario’s pediatric health care providers. This is a long-awaited and welcome enhancement.”

Photo above left: eCHN Senior Managers engaged in their weekly review.

Photo above right: Members of MED team with eCHN Founding CEO pay tribute to standardization guru, Dr. Gilbert Hill (second from right).