OCINet Facilitates Medical Image Sharing
The Ontario Clinical Imaging Network (OCINet) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and a delivery partner of Ontario Health.
OCINet enables the secure storage and retrieval of imaging exams, supports hospitals and integrated community health services centres (ICHSCs) (also known as independent health facilities, or IHFs), and connects radiologists, referring physicians, and specialists with their patients’ clinical images province-wide.
- Enables care closer to home and helps to inform/avoid patient transfers
- Reduces repeat scans and radiation exposure
- Reduces healthcare costs through efficient use of resources and equipment
- Decreases patient wait times and hospital overcrowding
OCINet Provides Essential Services to Hospitals and Integrated Community Health Services Centres
OCINet systems allow clinical users to quickly access imaging exams and reports, enabling them to diagnose, consult, and treat patients with a more comprehensive data set.
OCINet Connects Healthcare Organizations All Across Ontario
OCINet repositories foster collaboration, standardization, and efficiency among healthcare providers.
Hospitals Sharing Imaging Exams
ICHSCs/IHFs Sharing Imaging Exams
Shareable Imaging Exams
What Others Are Saying
“At William Osler, we view DI exams in conjunction with DIRs on a daily basis, if not hourly. Over 90% of the time, we use it for comparison purposes. We find the DIRs particularly useful for looking at disease progression or stability. Accessing images within a DIR allows us to change reports from “follow-up to ensure stability” to “this is stable” – as such, DIRs reduce appointments and patient anxiety. Contributing to and using the DIRs is paramount to a patient’s continuity of care and an advantage that should be capitalized in a socialized medical system.”
Dr. Daniel Rappaport
Radiologist, William Osler Health System
“Information sharing is critical in cancer care. Our discussions around patients in multi-disciplinary team settings are richer and more informed because the specialist has easy and timely access to all imaging studies. The DIR provides us the ability to make decisions at one point, with all the patient information, which translates to a more efficient, less stressful workflow. When we think about delivery and equity of cancer care, one key barrier is patient travel to a central location as the only option for care. By linking to regional hospitals, our specialists can work with local physicians so patients can get care closer to home without compromise in the quality and treatment planning process. This is the preferred patient care model.”
Dr. Glenn Bauman
Regional Cancer Care Oncology Radiologist, LHSC