It’s a new web-based, health information system that supports a single patient record accessible by all member organizations. ONE HIS is enabled by MEDITECH Expanse, a “Best in KLAS” winner in the Acute Care EMR (Community Hospital) category.

ONE HIS includes advanced clinical functionality including computerized provider order entry (CPOE), barcode medication verification (BMV), and electronic clinical documentation that are not available to the member sites not already using the ONE HIS.

Having a single, connected electronic health information system supporting a single patient record across all of northeastern Ontario offers significant clinical and patient benefits, based on the results from other jurisdictions, including:

  • Patient’s won’t have to remember and repeat their health history to multiple providers because their health records will be available wherever they go for hospital care across the northeast. Having a single, unified patient record will also result in faster and more accurate treatment decisions because clinicians will have complete, up-to-date information.
  • Consistent, evidence-informed care decisions based on the most up-to-date and accurate information built right into the system (through order sets) across the region
    Significant reductions to the number of times patients are sent for the same test(s) by multiple providers because the latest test results are in the chart
  • More opportunities to enhance patient safety, deliver better outcomes, and reduce harm through accurate records, computerized provider order entry (CPOE), and bedside barcode medication verification

Clinical staff (nursing and allied health providers like physiotherapists and social workers, etc.) and physicians will most directly experience workflow changes and the improvements that come with each patient in the region having a single unified medical record.

All 23 member hospitals in northeastern Ontario are part of the Wave 2 Implementation Project. Go live is being done in phases. The founding hospital’s (North Bay Regional Health Centre, Sault Area Hospital and West Parry Sound Health Centre) expansion of ONE Health Information System (ONE HIS) will go live in outpatient programs, then half of the NEON hospitals will go live, followed by the second half of NEON hospitals across all inpatient, outpatient and emergency medicine programs.

In 2019, the founding hospitals went live with ONE HIS in all inpatient areas. In the Wave 2 Implementation Project, the founding hospitals are going transition to the ONE HIS in their ambulatory clinics while the other 20 hospitals will will transition from their existing MEDITECH Client/Server based hospital information system to the more modern, MEDITECH Expanse based ONE HIS in all inpatient and outpatient areas.

Like most changes, it takes a little time to adjust and you may find it slows you down initially, however once you’re comfortable in the system, you will get back to your normal work tempo with several added benefits