The Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS) is a repository that connects hospitals, community laboratories, public health laboratories, and practitioners to facilitate the secure electronic exchange of laboratory test orders and results.

Form within the CHR, you can communicate with the OLIS system to access laboratory results. See Accessing OLIS lab results.

📌 Note: You have to manually retrieve lab results for patients from their chart. Only once a report is saved to the patient chart, will it appear in the provider's inbox.

When retrieving lab reports for a patient, they are displayed in a preview window and are not automatically imported into the CHR. You have to manually choose which lab results you would like to save to the patient chart. See Previewing and saving OLIS lab results.

The Benefits of OLIS, compared to other lab integrations

  • Provides data from more sources

  • Provides faster access to results

  • Has access to historical, as well as current, results

  • Uses international standardized names for test results

Patient Benefits

Provider Benefits

  • Providers using OLIS can access patient lab results quickly, identifying trends and thus manage patients more effectively

  • Fewer visits to the lab for unnecessary or duplicate laboratory tests

  • Timely access to patient lab information for improved decision-making

  • More comprehensive and complete laboratory test information

  • Better coordination of care between providers/health care teams

  • Integrated into your workflows and no need to wait for paper lab results to arrive

❓ Who has access to OLIS?

OLIS is available to clinicians using the TELUS Collaborative Health Record (CHR). Clinics can apply for OLIS as an organization or as a solo provider. To initiate the OLIS deployment into your CHR account, contact our CHR Support Team at support@inputhealth.com.

❓ How long does this process usually take?

The process can take anywhere from weeks to months, depending on how long OntarioMD and Ontario Health require to process the documentation and approve the connection.

❓ What type of information can be found in OLIS?

OLIS provides lab data only. Currently, there are several hospitals and, public health and community labs feeding data into OLIS. Together, these organizations represent over 60 percent of the total lab test volume for the province of Ontario and more than 90 percent of the community lab volume.

What type of information can not be found in OLIS?

  • Tests that were referred to sites not yet connected to OLIS.

  • Results that were initially rejected due to formatting or information errors that have not been resubmitted by labs.

❓ I am also connected to Excelleris and Dynacare. Should I only be connecting to one or the other?

OLIS system does not yet include all commercial laboratories and hospital systems and therefore will not replace your existing sources of lab results. OLIS will instead augment them with additional information that you may not have access to today.

We recommend you stay connected to Excelleris and/or Dynacare.

12.15.2020

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