Changing the way we deliver care
The work underway at Island Health to implement the Electronic Health Record (EHR), including a cross continuum of clinical systems, is groundbreaking and will change the way we deliver care in Vancouver Island communities, in the Province and potentially across the country. This work could not be done without the leadership, dedication and engagement of medical staff across Island Health. As medical staff, your involvement in implementations of the EHR is critical to the success of the project. It links directly to improving the quality of care and standardization of information in all aspects of patient care at Island Health.
IHealth will continue to roll out across Island Health communities through 2023. If your workplace is not yet fully activated with all the EHR functions, we encourage you to prepare through available training, and take advantage of the support available during “go-live” from IHealth project staff, Provider Education and Experience (ProEx) and Clinical Informatics. We also ask you to share information and support each other. “Pay it forward and pay it back”, as you master new skills, and seek help and guidance as you need it through this significant change.
Training for Medical Staff
Training in electronic clinical documentation (ClinDoc) is currently underway at West Coast General Hospital. We recommend that medical staff at Cowichan District Hospital take this training between August 23 and September 23 . To complete your training, please choose the option that applies to you from the list below. Clicking the link will take you to The LearningHub for an online learning module.
NOTE: If you need to create a LearningHub account, please refer to these directions: Set Up a LearningHub Account – Providers
Clinical Documentation Training :
MyHealth Patient Portal Training:
- Admission Note
- Cardiology Consult
- Discharge Summary
- Gastroenterology Consult
- General Surgery Consult
- Internal Medicine Consult
- Nephrology Consult
- Operative and Discharge Note
- Operative Report
- Orthopedic Consult
- Procedure Note
- Respirology Consult
This will prepare you for creating MyHealth released notes through the review of best practices for patient-centred clinical documentation. It also includes information on how to select note types that will be released to the MyHealth portal.
Inviting feedback and input from medical staff
As you begin working in the EHR, you will be directly involved in improving the quality of care and the standardization of information across the region. Multi-disciplinary teams will see more information made available to them, as we activate more EHR modules across Island Health services and locations.
You’re invited to provide feedback and input that can improve the EHR, including suggestions for enhancements to the system that improve functionality, user experience, and safety. Please contact us with your suggestions.
Resources for medical staff
IHealth Medical Specialty Leads
Medical staff representing surgical and medical specialties are working to harmonize clinical documentation practices and order sets in the EHR.
IHealth "Go-Live" Hot Sheets
View tips and information for medical staff during Clinical Documentation implementations. (Intranet sign-in required)
IHealth stories featuring medical staff
Read these recent stories featuring medical staff and their experiences with IHealth:
Medical staff who represent different surgical and medical specialties will work with their colleagues to harmonize electronic clinical documentation practices and digitized order sets within their specialties.
Physicians rounding together during the first days of ‘go-live’ in early October at Victoria General Hospital (VGH) were able to share perspectives from the IHealth project’s past, present, and future transition to electronic clinical documentation.
Medical students in some of Island Health’s busiest emergency departments are now able to practice their documenting skills with electronic clinical documentation, thanks to a recommendation from three ER physicians who advocated for an enhancement to the Cerner Electronic Health Record (EHR).
Obstetrician and gynecology specialist Dr. Joelle Dennie has taken her use of the electronic health record (EHR) to the next level. She recently discovered tools in the Cerner PowerChart program that automate and streamline the way she handles clinical documentation.