New Technology Enhances Care for Patients

October 21, 2008
Greater access to care, enhanced patient safety and improved patient outcomes will be just a few of the many ways patients will benefit as Whitby Mental Health Centre implements electronic health records. WMHC has partnered with MEDITECH to launch the newest software solution to support its vision for a fully integrated healthcare model.

“We are excited to partner with MEDITECH on this strategic initiative,” says Karim Mamdani, CFO and Vice-President, Corporate Services. “MEDITECH offers a fully integrated and cost effective solution, provides robust and seamless integration to support our clinical practice and provides standards and configurable functionalities to support workflow.”

Electronic health records are a single source of all patient health information and care history. At the click of a mouse, authorized healthcare professionals will have up-to-date patient information including pharmacy orders and medication profiles, clinical documentation, lab and radiology results and past treatments.

The implementation of electronic health records will improve access to care, enhance patient safety and increase efficiency of service. Clinicians can easily access patient health information in a safe and confidential manner and utilize the information to enhance their clinical diagnosis and treatment plans.

"MEDITECH welcomes WMHC to our growing list of mental health focused organizations," says Hoda Sayed-Friel, MEDITECH's Vice-President of Marketing. Whitby's vision of enhancing care through electronic documentation and health records, supporting the continuum of care, and facilitating information exchange between clinical providers is an exciting goal. MEDITECH looks forward to our partnership with WMHC to implement our new 6.0 technology and support their objective of an integrated electronic health record."

WMHC is the first hospital in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CE LHIN) to have MEDITECH 6.0, a windows-based software solution. WMHC welcomes the opportunity to provide leadership to other hospitals in the Central East LHIN during the implementation of the newest software application.

"The leadership shown by WMHC and the hospitals in the CE LHIN is remarkable as we work towards the integrated hospital information system, an essential component of the eHealth system in the Province of Ontario," says Lewis Hooper, e-Health Lead Central East LHIN. About WMHC
Whitby Mental Health Centre is a public hospital that serves a population of 2.8 million residents and employs over 1,100 people. WMHC provides a range of specialized mental health programs for inpatients and outpatients throughout a primary service area that includes Durham Region, York Region, Scarborough, Toronto, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough Counties and the City of Kawartha Lakes. WMHC also operates treatment residences in Stouffville and Oshawa; provides specialized community outreach services; and supports residents in privately operated Homes for Special Care. In addition, the Centre is actively involved in mental health research and education activities.

WMHC and its Board of Directors are committed to working in consultation with the community at large towards reaching its vision and implementing its strategic directions. For more information on strategic planning initiatives and operational data, or to provide feedback on program services, policies or the facility, please contact WMHC Information at 905-430-4001 or communications@ontarioshores.ca.

About MEDITECH
MEDITECH has been the leader in the Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) industry since 1969. MEDITECH's applications unify clinical, administrative, and financial information across health care organizations, including physician practices; acute care, long-term care, and mental health care facilities; and home health care. Today, more than 2,000 institutions worldwide use MEDITECH's information systems. For additional information on MEDITECH products and services, visit www.meditech.com.

About Central East LHIN
The Central East LHIN is one of 14 not-for-profit organizations, created by the provincial government to be responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services - hospitals, long-term care facilities, community care access centres, community health centres, community support services and mental health and addictions agencies.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001