Concurrent Sessions

D4 The EMR Practice Enhancement Program and EMR Progress Assessment: Measuring EMR Use to Improve the Quality of Care

Theme 4. Measuring performance to foster improvement in comprehensive care

Presentation Details

  • Date: 10/18/2016
  • Concurrent Session D
  • Time: 9:30am – 10:15am
  • Room:  Harbour B
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Administrative staff, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

Learn about OntarioMD’s EMR Progress Assessment (EPA) tool and the support available to users of certified electronic medical records (EMRs) to improve EMR use. The EPA helps you identify opportunities and quick wins by measuring your current use and determining if you are using the EMR’s functionality to the fullest degree. You will also learn how the EPA leads to practical advice for closing any gaps you would like to address through the EMR Practice Enhancement Program. The session will also include an update on the EMR Physician Dashboard and its high-value provincial indicators.


OntarioMD’s EPA is the only comprehensive online tool in Ontario that can assess EMR use and is the starting point for the EMR Practice Enhancement Program. It is based on a nationally-recognized EMR Maturity Model and tailored to Ontario clinicians. The EPA is easy to use and accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection. Over 4,000 clinicians have used it to date. Regular use of the EPA has enabled these clinicians to measure how much they have improved and enhanced care through better use of their EMRs. The EPA also lets clinicians know where they stand compared to their peers.


  • Darren Larsen, Chief Medical Information Officer, OntarioMD
  • Gina Palmese
  • Peter Hamer

Authors & Contributors

  • Darren Larsen, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, OntarioMD
  • Knut Rodne, Director, Insight, Engagement & Transformation, OntarioMD
  • Jack Cooper, Senior Consultant, EMR Reporting, OntarioMD