Mohawk Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r)
Changing Health Care
It all starts with a desire and an initiative to improve health delivery in a region or community. Across the country, with financial and strategic assistance from Canada Health Infoway
, innovators in government and IT are building solutions that will form part of Canada's growing network of electronic health record (EHR) systems. System by system, community by community, provinces and territories are making EHRs happen for Canadians, fuelled by local initiatives such as patient registries, diagnostic imaging repositories and telehealth solutions.
"Mohawk Shared Services is excited to provide Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services to the participating Hospitals in the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant LHIN and the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN. This initiative will have an immediate positive impact on the patients in our communities and is consistent with our vision statement as we provide support our hospitals. We look forward to providing further details of the value that this will provide to you our patients and physicians."
Tony DiEmanuele, President and CEO Mohawk Shared Services
CANADA HEALTH INFOWAY AND THE DI-r
DI-r and the Electronic Health Record
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is crucial to the long term efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system while improving access to and quality of health services. An eHealth Strategy based on developing an interoperable electronic health record is a key priority of the Waterloo-Wellington and the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Local Health Integration Networks. The diagnostic imaging repository is a critical component of the EHR vision.
The Mohawk Shared Services (MSS)/South West Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (SWODIN) repository will enable participating health facilities to electronically store, retrieve and share patient diagnostic health information such as X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI, and the reports associated with them. Annually, the system will manage approximately 3 million exams.
"The advent of DI-r will be of enormous benefit to physicians and especially patients in outlying community hospitals. The ability to share diagnostic images with specialists in real time (not just radiologists but other clinical consultants such as orthopedic and neurosurgeons) will greatly improve patient care and safety."
Dr. Rick Gergovich, Groves Memorial Hospital