NLCHI and Orion Health implement eOrder to streamline medical tests and procedures

May 28, 2019

EHR solution aims to create efficiencies in Newfoundland and Labrador’s vascular imaging laboratory

Toronto, May 27, 2019 — Orion Health and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) today announced the latest initiative in enhancing provincial clinical care with an improved system to electronically order medical tests and procedures. The eOrder solution, built by Orion Health for NLCHI, will streamline the process for triaging images in the province’s vascular imaging laboratory – its sole facility for carotid artery and peripheral artery testing.

The eOrder system’s goals are to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes from order requisition submission to vascular testing and reduce the number of tests a patient requires. The existing process requires medical orders to be submitted via fax machines and other traditional methods. With eOrder, physicians will be able to access a rapid electronic scoring system that independently assesses and validates order urgency and schedules appointments in real-time.

The system can save physicians’ time and improve patient safety and access to vital procedures. The implementation also uses healthcare Information technology to support the clinical process, without replacing clinicians’ autonomy and expert decision making.

“eOrder nurtures seamless connectivity across departments and balances end-user needs, capabilities and health information,” said Gary Folker, Executive Vice President of Orion Health. “It will help meet the needs of growing patient volumes, benefiting patients and their circle of care.”

This partnership between Orion Health and NLCHI is a win for the province’s eHealth strategy — which is mandated to integrate new solutions with the province’s existing EHR and EMR systems and maximize the value of existing foundational technology investments. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency provided funding to NLCHI to support implementation of the eOrder initiative.

“The modern health care environment requires innovative thinking and solutions to help improve patient care and outcomes,” said Stephen Clark, CEO of NLCHI. “Building on the foundation of one of the most comprehensive electronic health records in Canada, eOrder is the next step in our eHealth journey that is enhancing access to care, supporting timelier decision-making and creating efficiencies within the health system.” 

While the project design and implementation are still in progress, NLCHI is collecting data and will be presenting their solution at the annual e-Health conference in Toronto on May 26 – 29, 2019 alongside Orion Health.   

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