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    EP01 - Technology Innovation, Telehealth (ID 8)

    • Event: e-Health 2019 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: ePoster Session
    • Track: Technical/Interoperability
    • Presentations: 1
    • Now Available
    • Coordinates: 5/27/2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Pod 9
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      EP01.05 - Inspiring app development using eHealth Ontario’s Innovation Lab (Now Available) (ID 453)

      Vipin Saini, Architecture and Standards, eHealth Ontario; Toronto/CA

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      Purpose/Objectives:
      eHealth Ontario helps health care stakeholders integrate with provincial digital health solutions. This session introduces eHealth Ontario?s Innovation Lab, discussing how the lab has grown since inception, its promotion of innovation in Ontario what we have learned and our vision for the future.


      Methodology/Approach:
      The lab was built to help eHealth Ontario drive risk out of our own technology projects. Along our journey, we recognized the opportunity to enable innovation on a broader scale. The approaches used for growing the Innovation lab include: Cast a wide net. Attract talent that is interested in health care, but is unfamiliar with health care-specific standards and protocols. Offer various services which enable knowledge transfer: Lite Services are designed for anyone to access high value interactions for proof of concept, garnering initial clinical and financial support. These are for ?getting started? and freely accessible. Specs and Standards documentation which provides pertinent information to innovators in a central location Code Sharing allows innovators to repurpose work which has been successfully tested, it is also a platform for near-real-time feedback from the development community Discussion board empowers innovators to have conversations with their peers enabling support, shared lessons learned, and a gathering point for innovators. Keeping in step with Healthcare technology trends Introduction of the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource) standard for a number of our assets Introduction of Innovation Lab 2.0 in support of eHealth Ontario?s new technology modernization priorities (Cloud, API Management, web viewlets, containerization, modernized data holdings) to expedite development, prototyping, and conformance testing.


      Finding/Results:
      There are currently over 800 registered users from the vendor community, academic institutions, small incubators, and teaching hospitals using the Innovation Lab Through feedback from Innovation Lab users, and building on the services of Mohawk College?s Mohawk eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) and workshops with stakeholders, we discovered the following: - Numerous organizations across Canada (from individuals to large academic institutions) have used the various Innovation Lab services to familiarize themselves with the healthcare space, interact with fellow developers, use code that has already been complied, as well as build and validate Proof of Concept - 1500 site visits per month - 11 code project shared with 3600 combined views


      Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations:
      Our ?start small and grow? approach has allowed us to fund the lab with a modest budget and experience success from our initial services. Moving forward, the Lab will evolve to keep pace with modern services and upgraded technology to empower innovators. The Lab will take advantage of cloud services to consistency benefit from new technologies and seamless hosting. APIs, common elements, containerization, Kafka solutions will be employed to keep pace with IT developments. Most importantly, we will continue to engage stakeholders from across the province to develop a consortium community for the Lab, where all parties feel part of the solution. Partnerships with other EHR service providers are key. Nobody owns technology innovation; much like the Lab it should be open, transparent and collaborative.


      140 Character Summary:
      eHealth Ontario?s Innovation Lab our open digital health sandbox, enables ehealth solution testing in a virtual environment to prototype new ideas.

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