From detailed guides to online courses – resources are available to provide you with the knowledge necessary to build and integrate EHR applications.

EHR Integration

The cornerstone of clinical integration is the ability to consume ehealth services from the HIAL. The HIAL supports complex integration requirements and a variety of EHR-enabling technologies with differing application interfaces, while the regional HIAL segment components must support integration with, for example, hospital information systems (HIS) that are typically not designed out of the box to integrate with an EHR.

Connecting systems must be able to communicate using SOAP-based web services secured with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and HL7 or the appropriate standard. They must also comply with terminology standards adopted by Ontario (such as LOINC or SNOMED CT). Security and privacy are handled differently in different organizations, and these must be considered when connecting to the EHR. The goal of the HIAL is to provide flexible integration capabilities to support current and future EHR systems.

Regional implementations of the HIAL have a higher dependency on flexibility in their services layer. Very few clinical systems are designed to integrate into an HL7 v3/SOAP-based EHR. Some services may not be applicable to the entire province, and these will also need to be integrated into the regional services model.

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