Manitoulin Health Centre Implements the One Health Information Technology Service

Little Current/Mindemoya, ON - Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) is one of twenty three hospitals in Northeastern Ontario that have created a single electronic health information system to improve the delivery of safe, evidence-based patient-centered care. These twenty-three hospitals have joined ONE Health Information Technology Service, a shared service organization. The transition to a single health information system will help to make delivering quality care more efficient and effective for health providers, as well as support safety improvements in patient care by linking healthcare professionals with up-to-date patient information.


The Expanse-based ONE HIS will be deployed in both acute and outpatient settings at participating hospitals including MHC.  “This is not an IT led project, but a clinically driven initiative to develop standardized, evidence-based best practices. All of us share a goal of providing exceptional patient care to our communities,” said Dr. Derek Garniss, ONE Chief Medical Information Officer and emergency physician at Sault Area Hospital. “By implementing Expanse together and establishing a shared health information session, ONE is transforming the way care is delivered to ensure that it is well informed, safe, and seamless throughout the region.”


All ONE member hospitals have worked together throughout the project to standardize more than 450 order sets, nursing and physician documentation templates, drug administration times, medical directives, and dictionaries. Good governance practices were key to ensuring all hospitals were represented at the planning and decision-making tables, regardless of size. While the goal is to establish a system that standardizes care across all entities, flexibility is still necessary to meet the needs of different facility sizes and settings ranging from 20-500 beds.*


According to Jayme Watson, Clinical Transformation Manager at MHC, “MHC has already started this journey with implementation of the ADU’s (automated dispensing units for medications), standardizing assessments according to best practice with nursing, and a pilot project(s) with physician colleagues surrounding front end voice dictation – All of these steps are critical in ensuring that our frontline team members are not overwhelmed with the magnitude of the ONE HIS project. It is truly a clinical transformation. Probably the biggest that most of us will see in our health care careers. These steps accompanied by the engaged and excited team members we have, will make this implementation a huge success for MHC”.


* Source – National Post, January 10, 2023

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The Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) is a two-site small rural hospital serving the people of Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island). We are proud to operate on the traditional lands of the Anishinabek people. MHC is committed to ongoing action, awareness, and education that build on reconciliation efforts, and to work against anti-Indigenous racism. We honour the land and First nations presence, practices, language, ceremonies and protocols.