Collaborating to Save Lives and Improve Health Care: Hamilton Health Sciences Joins the Open Source Order Set Network

    HAMILTON, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) welcomes its
newest partner in providing health care solutions, the Open Source Order Set
(OSOS) Network.
    Expanding upon its commitment to improve the quality of patient care, HHS
will be integrating the OSOS network into its family of hospitals. This
partnership will provide HHS with new technology that will be a key foundation
for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and will provide access to Order
Sets created from around Ontario and across the country. By using Order Sets
to help create orders for patients, physicians will have on-the-spot guidance
about which tests, medications, and procedures are best for each patient. This
instant access to a best practice and evidence-based tool improves patient
outcomes by preventing unnecessary treatments and tests, saving valuable time
and resources, and reducing errors while enhancing communication between
health care team members.
    Rob Lloyd, MD FRCPC, Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care and
Medical Director, Clinical Informatics at HHS says, "This new HHS-OSOS
partnership will provide great opportunities for improving patient care. Our
order sets project is going to help us to improve on our record of bringing
evidence and best practice to the bedside through external collaboration,
internal consensus-building, and sharing with peers. We're excited about this
new partnership."
    HHS is also particularly excited that the OSOS Network enables sharing
and collaboration between clinicians across Canadian health care
organizations. "A collaborative approach is just common sense in Canadian
health care," according to Chris O'Connor, MD, founder of OSOS. "This
collaborative approach will empower organizations and enable them to learn
from one another, ultimately providing better care to our patents."

    About Hamilton Health Sciences

    Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of six unique hospitals and a cancer
centre, serving more than 2.3 million residents of Hamilton and central west
Ontario. Hamilton Health Sciences is the second largest hospital in Ontario
and the regional centre for burns, trauma, cardiac, stroke, neurosurgery,
pediatrics, digestive diseases, high-risk obstetrics, cancer, orthopedics and
rehabilitation services. With a staff of approximately 10,000, the hospital is
the largest employer in Hamilton, Ontario. As an academic teaching hospital
with more than 1,000 beds and an affiliation with McMaster University and
Mohawk College, Hamilton Health Sciences is committed to providing exemplary
health care for the people and communities we serve and advancing excellence
in education and health research.

    About Open Source Order Sets

    OSOS is a web-enabled, collaborative network of over 90 hospitals in four
provinces. OSOS provides a comprehensive Order Set solution, including a
library of over 360 evidence based best practice Order Sets, Order Set project
methodology, access to all Order Sets of organizations that belong to the OSOS
Network and unlimited project support. This comprehensive approach enables
organizations to realize the many benefits associated with effective Order Set
use including improved quality of care, reduced costs and increased CPOE

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