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New Technology Coming to NS to Improve Healthcare

By Caitlin Snow Feb 1, 2023 | 2:22 PM

Source: Facebook

New technology with a $365 million price tag, aimed to improve healthcare in Nova Scotia, is coming.

It’s called One Person One Record and it will allow healthcare professionals to access patient’s complete, up-to-date information at any time. It’s under a ten-year contract with Oracle Cerner. When implemented, more than 26,000 healthcare professionals will access to real-time patient information.

Currently, staff use more than 80 different systems, used daily to record and view patient’s information. Most are outdated, slow and information can’t be shared easily.

“One Person One Record is a solution that is needed to change how our healthcare system communicates patient information between health professionals and services,” said Amanda Tinning, nurse practitioner for the Home Transitional Heart Failure Clinic. “As a nurse practitioner, I need access to patient information and to communicate information in minutes, not days. One Person One Record will allow health professionals to communicate efficiently, in order to provide the care that patients need effectively.”

One Person One Record advances all priorities included in Action for Health, the government’s plan to improve healthcare, by:

-supporting a centralized booking system to reduce surgical wait times
-providing paramedics with the ability to view patient health information on the way to an emergency
-giving family doctors, nurse practitioners and other providers supporting primary healthcare easier access to patient information
-connecting Nova Scotia Health and IWK mental health clinics and SchoolsPlus, which supports universal mental healthcare
-replacing existing old systems so new infrastructure projects can be designed with less space for records and more space for patient care
-giving continuing care teams access to results and treatments from residents’ hospital visits, so they can provide better care when the resident returns home.

The availability of a single information system that supports our care providers in delivering safe, more timely and connected services should improve the quality of care received by patients and families while making their journeys more seamless.
Dr. Krista Jangaard, President and CEO, IWK Health

The approval of OPOR is a great day for healthcare in Nova Scotia. This legacy project will help ensure an integrated and standardized healthcare experience regardless of where patients are in the province. As a provider, it will give me immediate access to the information and support I need, so I can focus on providing safe, high-quality care for my patients.
Dr. Matthew Clarke, emergency physician, Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health

We are excited about this collaboration and the opportunity to work with the entire Nova Scotia healthcare system to enhance the health and well-being of their citizens.
Brian Sandager, Vice-President, Oracle Cerner Canada


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