Medical definitions of common cardiology terms and acronyms.
Formerly known as Cardiac Care Network of Ontario, CorHealth Ontario is the provincial organization that provides advice to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Local Health Integration Networks, hospitals, and care providers to improve the quality, efficiency, accessibility and equity of cardiac, stroke and vascular services for patients across Ontario.
CorHealth Ontario is responsible (with input from the OAC) for administering the Echocardiography Quality Improvement (EQI) program, which is rooted in the Standards for the Provision of Echocardiography Services in Ontario, 2015.
In 2017, it produced the Standards for the Provision of Electrocardiography (ECG)-Based Diagnostic Testing in Ontario and is currently working on, in collaboration with Health Quality Ontario, developing standards for Congestive Heart Failure Care in the Community.
A campaign launched in Canada in April 2014 designed to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
Established by the provincial government in September 2008 as an independent agency of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Tasked with enabling physicians and health care providers to establish and maintain electronic health records (EHRs) for all of Ontario’s 13 million residents.
A digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history from one practice.
EMR Cardiology 1.0 comprises a set of functional requirements that are fundamental and unique to an EMR offering used by cardiologists. Released in November 2017, the EMR specification was a collaboration between the OAC and OntarioMD. EMR Vendors can now leverage the specification in developing EMR solutions that lead to enhanced cardiac patient care and clinical practice efficiency.
The Echocardiography Quality Improvement (EQI) Program applies to all facilities in Ontario providing echocardiography services. Through the program facilities are reviewed as they relate to the Standards for Provision of Echocardiography in Ontario (2015). The EQI Program has six steps which lead to facilities achieving certification.
An e-health tool developed by OntarioMD for clinicians who have adopted a Funding Eligible EMRs. HRM provides the functionality to receive hospital reports electronically from hospitals or Independent Health Facilities (IHFs).
An independent, non-profit organization funded by the MoH that uses population-based health information to produce knowledge on a broad range of health care issues; reviewed the Standards for the Provision of Echocardiography in Ontario document and concluded that it would save the Ontario government $44 million annually if implemented.
Formed in 1995, the OAC is a voluntary professional association comprising the majority of academic and community-based cardiologists in Ontario. The OAC is the only organization in Ontario dedicated to representing the interests of cardiologists and their patients. It exists to advocate for the protection and enhancement of patient access to cardiac care in Ontario and ensure that fair remuneration is provided for these services.
The government-run health insurance plan in Ontario.
Formed in 1880; all physicians are mandated to be members and pay annual dues; composed of 62 sections and 77 territorial divisions; governed by a 290-member Council and 22-member Board.
One of 62 clinically-based sub-groups of the OMA, the section is composed of the province’s 500 cardiologists.
A subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association that offers physicians information technology resources needed to support their growing practice and patient needs.
A list of fees paid under OHIP to physicians and other health care professionals for various insured services they provide to patients.