On Sunday, September 20, Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH – Midland) along with Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH); Headwaters Health Care Centre (HHCC – Orangeville) and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH – Barrie) launched one of the largest projects in our collective history: CARE4 and the implementation of MEDITECH Expanse.
These hospitals have partnered to implement the latest version of a shared Health Information System (HIS) platform, called MEDITECH Expanse. This transformational project, which has been named CARE4, is designed to improve the quality of patient care and the delivery of that care throughout the partner hospitals.
This is not just an information technology upgrade.
The CARE4 project is a clinical and administrative transformation that will enable our hospitals to:
- Enhance quality and safety of patient care
- Streamline care coordination and transitions between the partner hospitals
- Improve health outcomes and the patient and family experience
- Streamline and standardize provider workflow and processes
- Improve access and coordination of information
This is one of the largest and most exciting projects in our collective history. It will positively impact several hundred clinical and operational workflows across the continuum of care, ultimately providing safer, high quality care to the residents of the regions we serve. The successful implementation of the new system will allow information to be shared instantly between hospital care teams, saving time for vital decision-making.
While GBGH transitions to this new, state-of-the-art electronic health record system that will improve patient care, patients may experience longer than normal wait times. Our teams are working hard to become familiar with the new system, along with additional support staff helping along the way. Be assured safe, quality patient care remains our top priority.