Four partner hospitals – Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Georgian Bay General Hospital (Midland), Headwaters Health Care Centre (Orangeville) and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (Barrie) – are working together on a transformation of our shared Health Information System (HIS). Together, we will introduce the newest version of MEDITECH, called “Expanse”, expanding the patient record across all four organizations and enabling a more seamless flow of information between the hospital and their departments. This is not just a simple upgrade. This is a significant transformation of our collective clinical and administrative processes.
Our four hospitals have a strong track record of working together to improve patient care and have shared the MEDITECH health information system for over twenty years. Implementation of the new system will take the partnership to the next level, ensuring continuity of care between hospitals and caregivers through a fully-integrated patient record. The web-based tool brings all of a patient’s medical information into one unified health record, giving clinicians the full picture about a patient’s health and medical history anywhere at any time.
It’s important to note: This is not simply an upgrade or just a new version with a different look like we have seen in the past. This is an entirely new system with new processes and a completely new way of working. It will require significant input from staff and physicians, along with a robust education and training program.