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  • OS02 - Strategic Integration: A Global Perspective (ID 1)

    • Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Clinical and Executive
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 6/05/2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM, Room 201EF
    • OS02.01 - Health Information Network – Connecting the Dots and Beyond (ID 110)

      Teemu Lehtonen, Internal Servises, NS Government; Halifax/CA

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      Purpose/Objectives: In Canada we have built on the Canada Health Infoway Blueprint and the concept of HIAL (Health Information Access Layer) as the hub of all health information exchange within jurisdictions. The blueprint left the design and implementation of the concept to provinces, and as a result, we have seen a plethora of different and incompatible versions of HIALs in Canada. Meanwhile, the rest of the world have landed on the idea of HIE and Health Information Networks, recognizing that relevant health information exchange is not only technical issue; it requires standards, data sharing agreements, policy making, privacy controls, business incentives – and technology. Also, in the modern IM/IT architecture HIE should be seen as the Ecosystem Platform (Gartner), not only a hub that moves data between points A, B, and N. A modern platform provides data, APIs, and services to participants of the ecosystem. In Nova Scotia, we decided to pilot the HIE/HIN CMM (Capability Maturity Model) developed by Infoway in collaboration with Gartner. CMM would help us to build a roadmap to the next generation HIE that enables the “One Person, One Record” vision in Nova Scotia. This presentation describes our journey, where we have landed on, and what will (should) happen next.

      Methodology/Approach: The presentation is a case study documenting and reflecting on work carried on during 2015-2016 in Nova Scotia, Canada with the help from Canada Health Infoway.

      Finding/Results: After 10 years of intentional and well-funded development the health system in Nova Scotia still finds major gaps and shortcomings in their implementation of Canada Health Infoway Blueprint. CMM model helps to identify areas of strengths and weakness, and to create an ongoing process that builds towards a cohesive vision. It is important to connect all kinds of stakeholders into collaboration, and understand that technology has only a helper role, albeit an important one.

      Conclusion/Implication/Recommendations: The experience using HIE/HIN CMM was very good, and it has already shaped our way of thinking and approaching the challenge. We are committed to adopt that as a strategic aid and tool for. We have already shared our experience with many jurisdictions, and there has been a certain level of excitement on the air.

      140 Character Summary: Nova Scotia piloted the HIE/HIN CMM developed CHI and Gartner. That helped us to build our strategy and roadmap for the next generation Digital Health ecosystem.

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