Sharing electronic patient records amongst health providers makes good sense, and that is why a new partnership among Markham Stouffville Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, and Stevenson Memorial Hospital has streamlined patient records to support seamless patient care across these three organizations.

Over the next year, Southlake and Stevenson will implement MEDITECH’s latest web-based electronic health record and Markham Stouffville Hospital will be upgrading to this same version. MEDITECH systems are in use at over 50 per cent of Ontario hospitals.

“We believe that by working together we can maximize our resources and invest in systems and technologies that will benefit our patients,”  says Jo-anne Marr, president and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital.

” This new partnership builds on Markham Stouffville Hospital’s expertise with MEDITECH and we are excited to leverage this knowledge to the mutual benefit of all three organizations.”

All three hospitals will benefit from greater efficiencies by seamlessly sharing paperless records across all connected departments throughout the region.

“This partnership puts patients first in that it improves quality and seamless access to health records between the three hospitals,” says Dr. Dave Williams, President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre.

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 the hospital. It marks the first integration of its kind under the province’s eHealth 2.0 guidelines, released in the summer of 2016.

“This ground-breaking partnership allows smaller hospitals opportunities to bring optimal technology to daily operations, and ultimately improve patient experience,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO at Stevenson Memorial Hospital.

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.

Christine Parent, Associate Vice President of Marketing with MEDITECH says, “When healthcare organizations share a single, modern system, we see substantial benefits to patients in the community.”

Photo: Friday, March 3, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre and Stevenson Memorial held their first collaborative meeting to implement the new shared health information network exchange (SHINE).