TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has been recognized as a national leader for its use of SunnyCare, an electronic medical record (EMR) system designed to provide authorized clinicians with quick and easy access to patient medical information on desktop computer workstations and mobile devices.
"I applaud Sunnybrook for developing SunnyCare, an essential tool to improve patient outcomes," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. "Sunnybrook has a rich history of igniting innovation in health care, and I am proud to recognize the leadership it has demonstrated with the federal investments made through Canada Health Infoway."
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is one of seven health care providers across Canada to receive the LEADing Practice Award from Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), in partnership with Accreditation Canada, for demonstrating leadership in the advanced use of technology in clinical practice. The award is part of Infoway's pan-Canadian "Knowing is Better" clinician education campaign developed to generate broad awareness of the benefits of interconnected electronic health record systems in clinical practice across Canada.
Sunnybrook's SunnyCare earned the national award for developing a system that provides timely access to information and allows for increased collaboration and communication among health care teams.
"SunnyCare enables multiple clinicians to work in tandem, which improves the efficiency of sharing information across the organization and keeps patient safety at the forefront," said Barry McLellan, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "It allows clinicians to immediately see test results, patient status, and next steps in the patient's care without having to rely on sharing less efficient paper-based files."
SunnyCare interconnects with the Sunnybrook patient portal, MyChart™, and many clinical information systems including clinical documentation, results and image viewing, electronic sign-out, and electronic discharge summaries. In addition, SunnyCare Mobile gives secure access to patient results on any smartphone or tablet device, anywhere in the world.
"Patients win when authorized clinicians have ready access to their medical information, and SunnyCare places it at their fingertips," said Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. "By reducing information gaps, SunnyCare helps improve outcomes, creates efficiencies and places patients at the centre of the circle of care."
Over the next year, Sunnybrook will continue to share and promote SunnyCare with other clinicians and health care leaders in the hospital.
About Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is inventing the future of health care for the 1.2 million patients the hospital cares for each year through the dedication of its more than 10,000 staff and volunteers. An internationally recognized leader in research and education and a full affiliation with the University of Toronto distinguishes Sunnybrook as one of Canada's premier academic health sciences centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for high-risk pregnancies, critically-ill newborns and adults, offering specialized rehabilitation and treating and preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological and psychiatric disorders, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions and traumatic injuries. The Hospital also has a unique and national leading program for the care of Canada's war veterans. For more information about how Sunnybrook is inventing the future of health care please visit us online at www.sunnybrook.ca
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.
Image with caption: "The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, presents the LEADing Practice Award to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on behalf of Canada Health Infoway and Accreditation Canada. The award recognizes Sunnybrook’s leadership in the advanced use of technology in clinical practice with its SunnyCare ambulatory electronic medical record system. (L-R: Don Valley West MP John Carmichael; The Honourable Joe Oliver; Sunnybrook CEO Barry McLellan; Michael Green, CEO, Canada Health Infoway; and Dr. Ed Etchells, Sunnybrook) (CNW Group/Canada Health Infoway)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140808_C3212_PHOTO_EN_4736.jpg
SOURCE: Canada Health Infoway
For further information: Jack Aubry, Senior Chief of Media Relations & Consultations, Finance Canada, Tel: (613) 947-7255, [email protected]; Laura Bristow, Communications Advisor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Tel: (416) 480-4040, [email protected]; Dan Strasbourg, Director, Media Relations, Canada Health Infoway, Tel: (416) 595-3424, [email protected]