Manitoba recognizes that a clinic’s needs may vary based on practice context and has supported this by developing two levels of EMR Certification. Standard Certification includes assessment against Manitoba’s baseline clinical, administrative, and privacy/security requirements along with the eChart Manitoba context-sensitive launch specification.
This first level may be appropriate for EMR vendors whose target customer includes specialists and/or other clinicians whose needs may be met with a basic level of EMR integration. Standard Certification may also appeal to EMR vendors wanting to enter the Manitoba market with a lower initial investment. EMR vendors may choose to enhance their EMR product over time to achieve full Integrated EMR Certification.
Integrated EMR Certification builds upon the Standard Certification foundation, and provides access to additional functionality through optional components such as primary care quality indicator reminders, the primary care data extract, the electronic delivery of lab and diagnostic imaging results, access to the provincial Client Registry system and streamlined patient enrolment functionality. Future interoperability components may include clinical information sharing opportunities and centralized patient enrolment functionality. Target clinics include primary care or community specialty clinics of all sizes who are seeking a highly interoperable EMR system and those involved in provincial initiatives such as Home Clinics and My Health Teams.
To support provincial primary care direction, EMR products with Integrated EMR Certification will have future opportunities to collaborate on and integrate with new provincial programs, initiatives and services that further enhance the product and provide more functionality to customers.
More information about the two levels of certification can be found on our website.