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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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UOIT researchers help support the transition to paperless health information system at Ontario Shores

Main entrance, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario (courtesy: Ontario Shores).
Main entrance, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario (courtesy: Ontario Shores).

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) proudly salutes the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) in Whitby, Ontario for becoming the first hospital in Canada and the first mental health facility in the world with a fully electronic health information system.

For its successful transition to a truly paperless environment, Ontario Shores has received the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Stage 7 Award – the highest level of the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM).

“Our electronic medical record system improves the delivery and quality of care that we provide and standardizes clinical documentation in an environment, which is efficient, secure and collaborative,” said Karim Mamdani, Ontario Shores President and CEO.

UOIT has been a key community partner in helping Ontario Shores achieve this world first, specifically through the research support of Dr. Carolyn McGregor and Dr. Jennifer Percival of the university’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT). The two initially met with Ontario Shores to discuss potential opportunities in 2007 and began formal collaborative research with them the very next year.

“I am really proud our university is able to support our local community and society in Ontario and Canada through the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s mandate to create graduates and pursue research in areas that have direct relevance to society and the economy,” said Dr. McGregor, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics.

Dr. Percival and Dr. McGregor also offer a course through FBIT’s Management Development Centre on patient journey modelling (PaJMa), a foundational tool used by Ontario Shores and other health-care organizations like Kingston, Ontario-based Providence Care to support their moves to electronic health records.

“The leading-edge research and applications developed by Carolyn, Jennifer and their team is great testament to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s community outreach,” said Dr. Pamela Ritchie, Dean, FBIT. “Ontario Shores’ success also underscores the quality and relevance of our Health Informatics research.”

For many years, the university has placed fourth-year research practicum students at Ontario Shores; some students have held summer employment there, and two alumni have worked full-time in the Clinical Informatics department at Ontario Shores.

HIMSS is a global organization that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessments and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.


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