Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Definition of Terms

For the purposes of this resours, the following definitions are used:
a) “eHealth” refers to the use of electronic health information systems in the health care sector.
b) “eHealth solutions” refers to various types of electronic health information systems used across the care continuum to support a variety of functions ranging from administration to health services delivery. Examples of eHealth solutions include (but are not limited to) the following:
• electronic medical record (EMR) systems used in non-hospital sectors (e.g., primary care, long-term care and home care);
• hospital information systems and their sub-systems (e.g., laboratory information systems, pharmacy information systems, computerized provider order entry [CPOE], electronic documentation systems, electronic medication administration records [eMAR]);
• public health information systems; and
• national or jurisdictional electronic health record (EHR) systems.
NOTE: The term “eHealth solutions” does not refer to personal health records, patient portals or remote patient monitoring systems.
c) “Person” refers to individuals who are (or were) recipients of care and their families. An individual’s family includes people they identify as significant in their lives (e.g., parents, caregivers, friends, substitute decision-makers, groups, communities, and populations).

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Background Information