The ORDER Project
The ORA is building on our long-standing strength in EMR uptake by Ontario’s rheumatologists. This is known as the ORDER (ORA Rheumatic Diseases Evaluation Registry) project. A wealth of information exists in our EMRs, but it is difficult to analyze and often incomplete. Current clinical technology solutions are also not as efficient as they should be, adding to rheumatologists’ administrative burden. ORDER will support Ontario’s rheumatologists to harness the potential of our EMRs and improve outcomes for rheumatology patients in Ontario.
2021 Project Update
The ORDER project is rolling forward! With rapid advances in technology, the Informatics committee has continued to evolve the ORDER project aims to adapt to the needs of Ontario rheumatologists.
Key milestones in 2020 included contract signing of our project management company, Atlysian Solutions Inc. We also completed work on defining practice quality and patient indicators and worked with multiple third-party technology vendors to define what is possible within existing EMR platforms. We also have struck multiple task forces staffed by enthusiastic and visionary ORA member rheumatologists including Drs. Jane Purvis, Raman Rai, Vandana Ahluwalia, Art Karasik, Ashley Sterrett, and many others, who are leading the development and implementation of indicators, optimization of user experience, and roll out phases of the project.
The Informatics team is currently working directly with EMR vendors, preferred third-party technology developers, and health sector legal and privacy consultants to finalize service agreements in the beginning of 2021. We are looking forward to working with a small number of early-adopters to pilot this new bespoke technology designed for Ontario rheumatologists. We are excited to provide further updates as we progress toward our official launch of the ORDER platform later this year.
The ORDER project is an ORA member-driven initiative – and new members are welcome! Please send us your thoughts and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on the ORA website at www.ontariorheum.ca.