Patients obtain health care in a wide variety of locations. These include the office of their family health care provider or health team, community hospitals and acute care hospitals where they may be referred to receive specialized care. Historically, patients' medical information has not always followed as they move through the health system. This lack of information results in duplicate testing and, in some cases, delayed treatments while those tests are being completed.
In order to improve the quality and timeliness of your health care and treatment, hospitals and other health care providers in the Waterloo Wellington (WW) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 3) and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 4) are participating in a regional initiative to store diagnostic images (e.g. X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI) and reports, and to make this information available to authorized health care providers throughout the region.
This initiative is called the Mohawk Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r) and was completed in March 2013. The DI-r is a secure electronic storage system that permits authorized health care providers to access, exchange, and store your diagnostic images and reports as you move through the health care continuum in the region and province of Ontario. It will enable authorized health care providers at participating health facilities in the HNHB and WW LHINs, as well as the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 1) and South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 2) (both part of the South Western Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (SWODIN)), to access diagnostic images and reports across South Western and South Central Ontario.
The DI-r will improve coordination of patient care by providing the right information to the right health care provider at the right time. The DI-r also aims to improve the quality, safety, and timeliness of health care decision-making by enabling remote medical consultations between smaller community hospitals and specialist located at acute care teaching hospitals in larger urban centres.
All hospitals and health care organizations participating in this initiative are required by the Personal Health Information Protection Act to protect patient privacy and the security of information in the DI-r. All health care providers with access to patient information via the DI-r are required by law and professional codes of conduct to only use the information they access for authorized purposes, such as the delivery of health care, and to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patient information.
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