Point-of-care EMR data analytics will allow ORA members to identify areas of our practice that are doing so well that we can spend less time focusing on them, and other areas that need our attention. Analytics can also identify specific patients who are not meeting the high quality of care we set for ourselves, identify opportunities to make our practices more efficient, and help us improve outcomes for patients with rheumatic diseases.
In 2017, the ORA Informatics Committee set out to provide rheumatologists with the technology to understand what is happening within our own Rheumatology practices. We have consulted widely with Ontario rheumatologists to guide the design of this new technology, our negotiations with technology vendors, and how we can improve the day to day life and efficiency of practice for Ontario rheumatologists. This project is known as the Ontario Rheumatic Diseases Evaluation Registry (ORDER).
In recent months, we have pursued negotiations with technology vendors, following up on leads from our public Request for Proposals at the end of August, 2018. We are now entering into the final phase of negotiations and finalizing the design of clinical practice indicators and quality indicators that rheumatologists will be able to use to understand their practice and needs.
Phase 1 of the ORDER project (Summer, 2019) will allow ORA members to participate in a primary data extraction of the current data stored in their practice EMR. Then, an existing-data summary will be provided to participating members describing which core data points are accessible for immediate analytics and connected to the ORDER dashboard when it is launched in Phase 2 (Fall, 2019).
Get involved in ORDER!
ORA members are leading the design, construction, and operations of the ORDER Project. Join your colleagues and help shape the future of rheumatology care in Ontario! Please contact the ORA at firstname.lastname@example.org.