ClinicalConnect is a secure, web-based portal that gives authorized healthcare providers real-time access to their patients' electronic medical information. It is operated by Hamilton Health Sciences and is funded by Ontario Health (Digital Services). Data is aggregated in ClinicalConnect from all acute care hospitals, Local Health Integration Networks’ Home & Community Care Services and Regional Cancer Programs in South West Ontario, plus various provincial data repositories. ClinicalConnect is a fundamental tool in bridging the gap between disparate information systems spanning a wide geographical area and multiple regional health care facilities.
Using ClinicalConnect, clinicians can gather essential integrated patient data in seconds, resulting in quicker diagnosis and treatment and improved patient care and safety. ClinicalConnect can help reduce repeat lab and diagnostic tests with significant cost savings and reduced patient distress.
As outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Digital Health Service Catalogue, to support integrated care delivery, Ontario Health Teams are required to ensure that all relevant staff have access to one of the two provincial viewers, including ClinicalConnect.
Additional communication pieces that provide an overview of ClinicalConnect include:
- ClinicalConnect Overview (PDF)
- ClinicalConnect Brochure for Healthcare Providers
- ClinicalConnect Introductory Video
Using ClinicalConnect to Access Your Patients' Data From Otherwise Disparate Sources
One of the greatest benefits of using ClinicalConnect is that authorized users can access their patients’ data from other regional hospitals and cancer centres, LHINs (for Home & Community Care data), and provincial data repositories outside one’s own internal health information system, which saves time and increases workflow efficiencies. Here’s a look at the volume of data accessed by ClinicalConnect users from:
within their own information system (as a data contributing organization to ClinicalConnect) – dark blue vertical bar
information systems that are integrated with ClinicalConnect (providing access to data that the user wouldn’t otherwise have in a ‘one-stop-shop’ viewer like ClinicalConnect)
The light blue vertical bars represent the volume of data accessed from other hospitals’ information systems contributing to ClinicalConnect
The light green vertical bars represent the volume of data accessed from provincial data repositories contributing to ClinicalConnect
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How ClinicalConnect Integrates with Multiple Data Sources & Other Digital Health Tools
Recognized as a strategic digital health asset for Ontario, ClinicalConnect allow authorized healthcare providers to securely access electronic health records for patients within their circle of care. ClinicalConnect now also helps power MyChart by flowing data already integrated with the provider portal to this secure, online patient portal that is operated by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. MyChart gives patients and their authorized caregivers access to a comprehensive view of their health information anytime, anywhere (note some data availability restrictions apply). For more information on MyChart's deployment in south west Ontario, visit www.healthrecordsonline.ca.