Group Health Centre (GHC) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario has licensed the MD Link Integration Engine software from MDI Solutions to integrate its newly acquired Epic HIS with internal and external systems.

GHC is in the process of discontinuing its current EHR physician software in favor of the Epic ambulatory system. The project will install a physician-friendly system that will improve performance and patient safety by providing an integrated EHR across the continuum of care. KLAS Enterprises has ranked EpicCare EHR the No. 1 system in its category for the past 14 years.

Wanting to maximize the effectiveness of the new Epic system, GHC determined that they would need a middleware platform to manage integrating with other software systems; including OLIS (the Ontario Laboratory Information System), the Meditech system installed at Sault Area Hospital and other government organizations.  Following an extensive review of the healthcare integration vendor market, GHC selected MDI solutions based on their recent work interfacing systems with Epic (using MD Link) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and their proven track record of exceeding customer-driven integration objectives.

MDI will assign a Bridges (Epic HIS interface broker) certified interface analyst as the primary resource who will be tasked with managing all system interfacing requirements including: interface planning, design, development and deployment.  MDI will also be responsible for 24 x 7 monitoring and support of the interface environment, and will assign additional Epic Bridges certified resources as the site support team.

As Ontario’s largest and longest established alternatively funded healthcare organization, Group Health Centre serves over 60,000 Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District residents. Group Health Centre is a progressive, multi-specialty, ambulatory care health organization and is one of Canada’s first consumer-sponsored health care facilities built with private funds donated by local union members. More information can be found at http://www.ghc.on.ca/.