Fraser Health Authority (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) uses multiple clinical systems to deliver patient care to more than 1.6 million patients annually. Connectivity across care settings is important, as is connecting with provincial repositories of clinical data.

Fraser Health recently used Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution to achieve a milestone in its progress toward better connectivity. As of January 2016, Fraser Health clinicians can query the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) for patient lab test results.

The first pilot group includes 650 clinicians, and the capability will eventually be available to 15,000 users over the next several months. Clinicians can access test results from other providers, which will help enable more complete clinical information at the point of care and reduce unnecessary test duplication.

The change is simple for the user. From within the dbMotion document domain there is now an additional checkbox to “search for external data.” With just one click, it puts provincial lab results at the clinician’s fingertips.

As simple as it looks, this capability represents a significant technical achievement. It is the first time Fraser Health has accessed a database that sits behind Canada Health Infoway’s Health Information Access Layer (HIAL). The HIAL helps organizations sharing information by providing common services, such as user authentication, and logging and auditing accesses.

PLIS is one of many provincial repositories that sit behind the HIAL. Now that Fraser has successfully connected to PLIS, it will be easier to connect to other provincial databases, such as Pharmanet.

The integration at Fraser Health continues, both through adding sources within the organization, and connecting with additional provincial databases.

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About the author

Jennifer MacGregor is Managing Director for Allscripts Canada sales and operations. In this role, she leads the sales, development, professional services teams in the different regions across the country. Most recently, MacGregor led the Allscripts Professional Services organization across all three regional business teams, where she was responsible for services sales, driving client satisfaction, and creating a consistent methodology throughout the regions. MacGregor began her career with Allscripts in 2005 as a Practice Manager, focusing on computerized physician order entry, outcomes measurement and clinical adoption. Her collaborative leadership enabled a number of clients to successfully implement large scale clinical transformation initiatives. MacGregor’s career progressed as she led the successful implementation of Allscripts solutions at many clients as a Program Director. She also led the regional services team as Associate Vice President Professional Services in both Canada and the western region of the United States, where she had responsibility for ensuring quality outcomes for Allscripts customers. Prior to Allscripts, MacGregor was a Senior Healthcare Consultant with a consulting firm working with Canadian healthcare organizations to develop HIT strategic plans, facilitating regional healthcare leadership initiatives and implementing client solutions. MacGregor has both a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and an MBA from The University of Calgary.

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ige elisa says:

02/19/2016 at 9:49 pm

Maybe those successes can be copied to other places, if it can be applied to different sites.

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