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Physician Office Integration

Since its inception, the NWHA mission has been to facilitate collaboration among health service
providers in order to improve the delivery of health care for patients in Northwestern Ontario.
Services Overview
Physician Office Integration (POI)

service2Through the support of the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and eHealth Ontario, the North West Physician Office Integration (POI) is a primary care-driven ehealth initiative managed by the Northwest Health Alliance and hosted by Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Care Group.

The purpose of POI is to improve access and coordination of care by making lab results, diagnostic imaging results and dictated reports, such as discharge summaries, available electronically and in a timely manner, to primary and community care physicians and nurse practitioners across the North West LHIN.

POI enables patient hospital discharge reports and/or results (e.g. discharge summaries, lab and diagnostic imaging reports) to be sent directly to the Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) of the patients’ primary care providers (i.e. physicians and/or nurse practitioners). The intent of POI is for all participating hospitals within the North West LHIN to collectively send their data through one central channel to any physician and/or nurse practitioner office that is set up to receive EMRs.

Program Benefits

Benefits

POI will streamline hospital report information sharing between North West LHIN hospitals and primary care physicians/nurse practitioners.

Key Benefits of POI:

  •  Improves patient access to care;
  • Enables reports and/or results to be received with shorter turnaround times, leading to better continuity of care;
  • Reduces duplicate tests;
  • Improves health care provider workflow;
  • Reduces the time required to receive, review and respond to hospital reports;
  • Simplifies the transmission of reports;
  • Reduces and/or eliminates data re-entry and/or scanning and potential for data entry errors;
  • Reduces paper-based medical record storage and handling;
  • Enhances patient privacy and medical security; and
  • Enables improved regional integration.