St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph has joined a growing list of hospitals sharing medical reports with patients’ doctors electronically. – Metro Creative

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph is going digital.

The health centre is the latest hospital in Ontario to be connected to Health Report Manager, a digital health service that sends patients’ discharge summaries and other reports electronically to their doctors.

“Our mission focuses on people-centred care through discovery, innovation, and partnerships,” St. Joe’s president David Wormald said in a news release.

“The HRM system aligns perfectly and takes us one step closer to our goal of becoming a fully digital facility,” he said. “We are pleased to have implemented this resource that will mean faster, more secure access to patient information for our physicians and health care professionals, and improved quality and patient-centred care for those we serve.”

OntarioMD, the company behind the service, has a goal of connecting all hospitals in the province to Health Report Manager.

“Patients expect health care providers in their circle of care to be able to share their information digitally so they can get any follow-up care they need in a timely and informed way,” OntarioMD CEO Sarah Hutchison said in the release. “HRM has become an indispensable digital health service because it supports the necessary exchange and integration of patient information to support responsive care, enabling providers to use their time most effectively.”

With the addition of St. Joe’s, the southwest Ontario region now has 100 per cent of its hospitals sending patient reports directly to physicians’ electronic medical records, the release said.

Specialty clinics, including Guelph Medical Imaging’s three locations, are also using the service.

For a complete list of hospitals and clinics that send their reports through HRM, visit OntarioMD.ca.

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