New Platform Activation – February 21, 2016

We are about to celebrate a very significant and exciting milestone in our IHealth journey. Starting at 12:01 am on February 21, we are launching our “New Platform” across Island Health.

The “New Platform” is a system upgrade to our EHR applications such as Cerner PowerChart, FirstNet, PharmNet, SurgiNet, and more. This upgrade is necessary for the new functionality and workflow changes in IHealth. The New Platform will affect everyone who uses these systems island-wide and some areas* will experience a more significant impact than others.

The New Platform enables us to activate our island-wide single Electronic Health Record that has expanded and improved functionality such as electronic clinical documentation and computerized provider order entry.

When you log in to Cerner PowerChart, FirstNet, PharmNet, SurgiNet for the first time on February 21, you will experience a new look and feel, new colours and page layouts, new icons, and some icons or menus will be in new locations. These changes, although minor in most instances, still create a learning curve and it will take time to adjust to the change.

*Areas most significantly impacted include:

  • Registration
  • Scheduling
  • Health Information Management Systems
  • This includes changes for clinicians and physicians who need to sign-off on dictated documents.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Clinical Profile Documentation
  • Endoscopy at RJH
  • Emergency Departments and Oceanside Health Centre (FirstNet sites)
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Pharmacy