for health professionals
Does it improve quality of care? I would say 'yes' most definitely. And the reason for that is - the information is now there.
Dr. Alan Hudak, Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital

Services Provided
by the eCHN Portal

The eCHN Portal collects information resulting from patients' interactions with the health care system and consolidates it into the form of a single medical record. This WebChart supplies such key domains of health information as: admission, discharge and transfer data; lab reports; clinic notes; consultant’s letters and surgical notes; X-ray images and reports. more ↓

The eCHN Portal contains information from multiple electronic information systems, as well as scanned clinical reports. New reports are displayed in real-time. eCHN's data repositories contain the records of more than 1,800,000 patients, from newborn to 19 years old, and almost 9 million patient encounters.

Authorized users have access to additional services, such as Patient e-Tracking which allows users to designate patients for special attention. Whenever new information about these patients enters the eCHN system, the users are notified by email - and when they log on, the new report is clearly flagged.

The eCHN Portal also offers more specialized applications, such as:
a) an electronic Shuttle Sheet for health professionals directly involved in the care of Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) patients. b) Ambulatory e-Referral, currently being used to facilitate referrals of patients to SickKids.

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eCHN is committed to protecting the privacy of patient information in accordance with Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and operates with the highest level of security safeguards in place. eCHN data are encrypted and travel through a secure private network. more ↓

Only authorized health care practitioners involved in a specific child’s “circle of care” can gain access to the patient’s chart and a rigorous audit system keeps track of who signs in and what information they accessed. Data posted on eCHN are not available to any government or private organization and are not to be used for research purposes.
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The eCHN Portal

The eCHN Portal is a secure private electronic network that allows authorized health care providers across Ontario to access the latest medical information about patients instantly, from many different sources. Data are collected from dozens of disparate clinical systems located in health facilities around the province, and integrated into a single coherent record, a medical WebChart.

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Benefits of Using the eCHN Portal

  1. Provides authorized health care professionals anywhere in the province with rapid access to up-to-date, accurate patient health information, any time of the day or night.

  2. Allows health care providers to make more informed diagnosis and treatment decisions, even in emergency situations.

  3. Reduces the need for repeat diagnostic testing of patients, such as blood tests and X-rays.

  4. Reduces the need to rely on parents' memory for the details of patients' encounters with the health care system.

  5. Facilitates follow-up care close to home, thereby reducing the need for patients to travel.

  6. Helps make it possible to substantially improve the coordination of patient care, across the entire spectrum of health care delivery sites.
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It keeps patient care more organized, it transfers the information faster between Centres and between offices. It means that we're making the right decisions right up front and not delaying, when something needs to be done.
Dr. Patricia Colangelo, Rusholme Clinic


Who Uses the
eCHN Portal

Access to patients' personal health information via the eCHN Portal is available to the physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists and other health care professionals involved in the "circle of care" for a patient. eCHN member sites encompass 100 hospital sites around the province, including Tertiary Care Centres. more ↓

In addition, member sites include Community Care Access Centres, Children’s Treatment Centres, Community Health Centres, independent medical clinics, and the offices of individual paediatricians and family physicians. close ↑

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eCHN Users' Reactions

eCHN users have expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the services the Portal provides. In a recent survey, 100% of respondents said they would recommend the use of eCHN to a non-user. In addition, 100% said they would support eCHN being expanded to become the electronic health record for the province's entire population.

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