Canada’s largest mental health and addiction hospital wins CHIA award
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital that combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion. Our vision includes being able to enhance recovery by improving access to integrated care and social support and to enhance a reputation for outstanding service, accountability and professional leadership. As we looked for new and innovate ways to improve client safety and quality of care delivery, we understood the value of implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system had on our goals.
In collaboration with Deloitte and Cerner, CAMH implemented a full integrated EHR (locally called I-CARE) across the emergency department and all inpatient/outpatient clinics. After the successful implementation, we rose from the bottom 10 percent in adoption of advanced clinical information technology to the top 1 percent. I-CARE provides us with the tools necessary to meet our goals by offering a single source of client information – information that is recent, accurate and accessible by nurses, physicians, psychiatrist, allied health professionals, pharmacists and other staff. Providing one source of information, accessible to all clinicians actively involved in client care, that is accurate and standardized, enables a true client-centered approach to treatment.