Patient data now live in provincial repository

Five south west Ontario hospital sites connected

Three hospitals (five sites) in the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) have made history by becoming the first sites outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to start contributing data to the Acute Clinical Data Repository (ACDR) – part of the provincial strategy - ConnectingOntario, an initiative funded by eHealth Ontario through the connecting South West Ontario (cSWO) Program.

Bluewater Health (BWH), Leamington District Memorial Hospital (LDMH) and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) all started contributing live patient demographic information to the ACDR on March 31. Testing to enable the contribution of transcription and allergy reports is now underway, to be followed by diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, cardiology, neurophysiology, respiratory and scanned documents throughout the summer and into the fall.


“Leamington District Memorial Hospital is pleased to be one of the first hospitals outside of the GTA to participate in contributing patient information to the provincial Acute Clinical Data Repository,” said Barb Colaizzi, Manager, Health Information Management and Patient Registration. 

Barb said staff resources from cSWO’s Change Management and Adoption Delivery Partner (CM&A DP), TransForm Shared Service Organization and, LDMH, who were dedicated to the project, were “indispensable to our success. We’re excited to be part of this important initiative that will make individuals’ health information available in a timely, efficient and secure manner across the continuum of care.”

ACDR provides respiratory and neurophysiology reports and image scans (Emergency Department (ED) reports) and is the provincial repository for acute care clinical data and documents.

Plans are underway to link the cSWO Regional Clinical Viewer, ClinicalConnect™ to the ACDR. This integration will provide ClinicalConnect users with health records in the ACDR, from acute care hospitals outside south west Ontario. 

“This will be an enormous benefit for ClinicalConnect users in ESC,” said TransForm’s Project Manager, Wendy Wilson.

“Work is underway to include Windsor Regional Hospital and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in the next phase of the project,” she added.

The cSWO Program’s CM&A DPs continue to work with other hospital sites across the region as they plan to contribute data to the provincial repository.

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For more information on ClinicalConnect, or to register for an account, please visit: http://info.clinicalconnect.ca/CC/contact/

Funded by eHealth Ontario, the cSWO Program is the regional ehealth initiative implementing an integrated electronic health record (EHR) solution for all Ontarians.

For more information on the cSWO Program, visit their website: click here