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Patients Now Benefitting From More Coordinated Health Care

(Music) Hi, my name
is Steve Stresman, I’m an Ontario
provincial police officer. I have Type 1 diabetes, which is my pancreas
basically does not work, and I have to take needles
every day. To see an endocrinologist
when I was posted in Nipigon, I had to drive
to Thunder Bay. And it’s reassuring for me
as a Type 1 diabetic, who takes personal healthcare
extremely seriously, is to have anywhere
in the province that I go, the healthcare team that would
be looking after me at that particular location would have access to my records
with the click of a mouse. Having a lab information
system that’s integrated that we’re having several
sources of information coming to one place
is a huge advantage. The patient
is going to notice that they’re not having
to duplicate tasks, but they’re also
going to notice they’re not being asked the same
questions over and over again, their care providers are more
confident about the care that they’re delivering because
they have better information, and they’re more
comfortable with the decisions
they’re making. The Ontario Laboratories
Information System and eHealth Ontario
have revolutionized my practice
over the last year. And, in fact, I’m constantly
learning new ways to use this system
to my patients’ advantage. So, before we had
online access to OLIS, we would count on the paper
copies of the results coming. About 20 percent of the time,
the paper copy wouldn’t be here, so you’d be phoning the lab while the patient’s waiting for
the results in the exam room. So it was not
very efficient. With the click of a mouse,
it’s right there. No more extra testing
for the patient, no more frustrating,
confusing processes that have to take place. Now it’s like a central hub
of a computer system that is plugged into
by all your healthcare team. And I think everyone wants to
see movement forward in reducing inefficiencies
in clinic. Everyone wants to
use their time wisely, both patients
and providers. So you can find the correct
information quickly, make decisions
for the patient, make the correct decisions
for the patient, and that’s
going to improve care. And it takes away
that frustration of inefficiencies
within the system. They like to see
that it’s an efficient system, and they like to see
their tax dollars used to create
an efficient system.

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