Ontario Laboratory Information System (OLIS)

eHealth Ontario is leading the implementation of the Ontario laboratories information system (OLIS) across the province as part of its ehealth strategy.  OLIS is a system that connects hospitals, community laboratories, public health laboratories and practitioners to facilitate the secure, electronic exchange of laboratory test orders and results.

As a province-wide, integrated repository of tests and results, OLIS contributes to fundamental improvements in patient care by providing practitioners with timely access to information that is needed at the time of clinical decision making.

Benefits of OLIS

Patient Benefits

Clinician Benefits

Reduces gaps in information as patients move between hospital, practitioner’s office (e.g. family physicians, specialists), home care and long-term care settings

Improves access to information for improved decision-making at point of care

Improves integration and monitoring of laboratory history and treatment progress to support chronic disease management

Ensures comprehensive and complete laboratory test information

Reduces unnecessary laboratory tests due to greater availability and sharing of information

Improves coordination of care between multiple practitioners and within health care teams

Improves speed and access to laboratory test results by practitioners

Improves workflow and reduces dependency on paper-based system

In the North West LHIN Hospitals, Public Health Ontario laboratories and Life Labs contribute results which can then be accessed by authorized health care providers.  Across Ontario so far, about 10,000 clinician can access laboratory results right in their clinic EMR.  For health care providers directly involved in the patients care, OLIS data can also be accessed through the Connecting Ontario solution.  Over all 150,000 registered health practitioners have access to OLIS data in support of improved patient care.

For a list of Data Contributors, please click here.