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Clinical Data Repository (CDR)

EHR initiatives in Canada have initially focused on sharing electronic information in the clinical lines of business, especially labs, drugs, and diagnostic images. This focus was adopted to fulfil the immediate needs of clinicians through information sharing. However, clinicians want to share and access other types of information when providing care. These will be stored in the clinical data repository. 

Examples include adverse reactions, sensitivities, allergies, intolerances, health concerns, health conditions (a health state that persists over time and requires intervention or management as opposed to a point-in-time observation), personal health characteristics, health care plans, client teams, episodes of care, encounters, etc. The CDR will also store information such as hospital discharge summaries, consultation reports, emergency department reports, medication and drug profiles reports, cardiovascular, neurophysiology or respiratory reports, community care reports, etc.

Access to the CDR information will be subject to consent directives. Information will be fed from a variety of heterogeneous, non-interoperable sources, which will be heavily dependent on the definition and use of standards for clinical data types, including terminology standards and common metadata. Services will allow users to search, list, retrieve, enter, and update information. As far as possible this information will not overlap with that in other repositories, e.g. the authoritative source for lab data will still be OLIS.

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