Becoming a New Participant Organization

ClinicalConnect provides electronic access to your patients’ health information from all acute care hospitals, regional cancer programs and LHINs’ Home & Community Care Services in south west Ontario. In addition, healthcare organizations that have the necessary agreement(s) in place with Ontario Health (Digital Services) can be enabled with access to view their patients’ data from the following provincial data repositories:

•    Acute and Community Care Clinical Data Repository (acCDR) consolidates patient data across selected hospitals and all 14 LHIN-HCC services. Learn more here.
•    Diagnostic Imaging Common Service (DI Common Service) provides access to diagnostic images and corresponding reports from hospitals and independent health facilities. Learn more here.
•    Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR) includes data and information from Ontario publicly-funded drugs and pharmacy services including Ontario Drug Benefits (ODB), OHIP+, Narcotics Monitoring System (NMS). Learn more here
•    Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) provides access to lab test orders and results from hospitals, community labs and public health labs. Learn more here.

Organizations that provide direct healthcare to patients can apply to become a ClinicalConnect Participant. To be eligible to be approved as a Participant, the legal entity you represent, and have authority to bind to the ClinicalConnect Participation Agreement, must comply with the ClinicalConnect Terms & Conditions. Please read the Terms & Conditions, and note that additional information about ClinicalConnect is available in other parts of the ClinicalConnect Information website. Physicians are also able to apply for access to ClinicalConnect as Sole Practitioner Participants, and should click here for information related to their application process. 

Please read the following to familiarize yourself with the application process. It’s expected that all steps to be approved as a Participant Organization are to be completed within a total of 90 calendar days, to help ensure a smooth onboarding process. Failure to complete the steps within the expected timeframe may result in the organization’s Participation Agreement being withdrawn.

Step 1: Complete and submit the online Participation Agreement (click here to view a working copy of the Agreement).

Step 2: The ClinicalConnect Program Office will review the Participation Agreement and assuming requirements thus far are satisfactorily fulfilled, the Privacy Contact designated in the Participation Agreement will be contacted to submit the Privacy Pre-Assessment (click this link to view a working copy of the Privacy Pre-Assessment, but an electronic, editable copy of the Privacy Pre-Assessment will be emailed to the Privacy Contact when it is required to be completed). It is expected that the Privacy Pre-Assessment (and associated documents) will be returned to the ClinicalConnect Program Office within 30 calendar days of it being made available to the Privacy Contact.

Step 3: The ClinicalConnect Program Office will review the Privacy Pre-Assessment and assuming the requirements are satisfactorily fulfilled, the Privacy Contact will be notified by email to complete two components described below. A username and password will be provided to access both systems identified below. It is expected that these two components be completed within 60 days of the Organization's Privacy Contact receiving their username/password.

  • Privacy Contact eLearning Orientation. This ~70-minute orientation is made up of three eLearning modules which cover the role of the ClinicalConnect Privacy Contact, privacy-related obligations as a Participant, as well as how to use the Haystack iS online surveillance and auditing tool. The orientation must be completed using the HITS Digital Health Learning Management System before the organization will be approved as a Participant in ClinicalConnect.
  • Privacy & Security Attestation (click to view a working copy of the Privacy & Security Attestation, but note that the Attestation must be completed using the Access Governance System (AGS)).

Please be advised that by this stage, the ClinicalConnect Program Office, on your organization's behalf, will have submitted some entries from your Participation Agreement (Step 1) to Ontario Health (Digital Services). Ontario Health (Digital Services) will assess your organization's eligibility to be authorized to view data from provincial repositories listed above, and arrange directly with your organization to have requisite agreements/activities completed, so the ClinicalConnect Program Office may enable access to repository data if/as your organization is approved as a Participant in ClinicalConnect.

Step 4: Upon submission of all required documentation, and completion of the Privacy Contact eLearning Orientation:

  • The application, including all required documentation as outlined above, will be reviewed by the ClinicalConnect Program Office.
  • The Organization's Legal Signing Authority and Privacy Contact will be notified by email with a decision of their approval or denial to become a ClinicalConnect Participant. From here, the Organization's Legal Signing Authority will be prompted to appoint one or more Local Registration Authorities (LRAs) for their organization; LRAs are responsible for the ongoing management of user accounts for the organization. Appointed LRAs will be emailed instructions to complete a two-part orientation to the role; Part 1 is an eLearning module, and Part 2 is a series of interactive, training modules that teach LRAs how to use the Access Governance System.  It is expected that LRAs complete their two-part orientation within 60 calendar days of being appointed to the role. 
  • Appointed/trained LRAs can then create ClinicalConnect accounts for their organization's end users.

Legal Signing Authorities should note the following system/internet browser requirements when submitting the ClinicalConnect Participation Agreement (an online form):

Microsoft Edge Latest Version
Internet Explorer (Windows only) 11
Mozilla Firefox Latest Version
Google Chrome Latest Version
Apple Safari (Mac OS only) 6.2 or above

Minimum system requirements if completing Participation Agreement on mobile devices:

Apple iOS 7.0 or above
Android 4.0 or above