A new partnership among Markham Stouffville Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, and Stevenson Memorial Hospital streamlines patient records to support seamless patient care across the three organizations

The CEOs of Stevenson Memorial Hospital (Stevenson), Southlake Regional Health Centre (Southlake), and Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) recently announced a new partnership to integrate their Health Information System (HIS) and accelerate the adoption of electronic health records.

Over the next year, Southlake and Stevenson will update their HIS to the latest version of Meditech’s system, a solution already in use at MSH. Meditech systems are in use at over 50 per cent of Ontario hospitals.

I am inspired to see this partnership unfold, and am pleased to work with two excellent organizations like Southlake and Markham Stouffville Hospital on a critical project to deliver safe, quality care. This groundbreaking partnership allows smaller hospitals opportunities to bring optimal technology to daily operations, and ultimately improve patient experience,” said Jody Levac, President & CEO, Stevenson Memorial Hospital

Updating health information systems through this partnership will create an electronic foundation that will enable Southlake and Stevenson to more rapidly move to a fully electronic health record, joining MSH, the top ranked community hospital in Canada as ranked by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), completing paperless records and a highly integrated health information technology systems throughout all the departments that are connected seamlessly and work efficiently, and they are connected to an electronic health record the region.

This partnership positions all three organizations to more readily adopt technologies that improve patient care and safety, as well as enhance patients’ experience while in hospital. It marks the first integration of its kind under the province’s eHealth 2.0 guidelines, released in the summer of 2016.

Taking a one patient; one record approach, this integration will enable seamless access to patients’ health information at all three sites. The robust, integrated system, allows clinicians to access more information about their patients when they need it from almost anywhere. This will be particularly beneficial to patients who are cared for at multiple sites, such as cardiac and cancer patients, who receive care at both their local hospital and at one of Southlake’s regional programs.