About ClinicalConnect

ClinicalConnect is a secure, web-based portal that provides physicians and clinicians with real-time access to their patients’ electronic medical information 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.

ClinicalConnect is the regional clinical viewer for the connecting South West Ontario (cSWO) program, funded by eHealth Ontario. Hamilton Health Sciences is the solution provider deploying ClinicalConnect across the four South West Ontario LHINs. The cSWO Program is part of eHealth Ontario’s ConnectingOntario initiative which is enabling the Province to achieve an electronic health record solution for all Ontarians.

Additional communication pieces that provide an overview of ClinicalConnect include:

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.