Since 2013, the Nova Scotia ECG (Electrocardiogram) System (NSES) has been available across Nova Scotia, making Nova Scotia the first province in Canada to have a provincial cardiology information system. NSES collects, stores, retrieves and reports all ECGs performed through carts, stress test equipment and Holter monitors. It supports a more sustainable and efficient health care system and is a key component in the development of a provincial electronic medical record (EHR).
Similar to the successful Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) model, all images and reports are stored in a central repository. When consultation is required across geographic areas within the health sector, authorized health care providers can simultaneously examine the same cardiac history from the provincial system. The IM/IT team provides on-going support for the Nova Scotia's ECG system.
Benefits of a Provincial ECG System
The availability of timely and comprehensive patient information can lead to overall better patient outcomes.
- Improves and standardizes cardiac services and processes.
- Standardizes ECG health service across Nova Scotia, supporting the improvement of emergency health care.
- Enhances collaboration by enabling providers to access to patients’ centrally stored cardiology data, in a timely manner which helps diagnose, inform and treat patients.
- Ensures consistent health care services to all patients.
- Reduces manual data entry at the ECG carts, decreasing potential errors and results are rapidly available to the hospital community.
- Eliminates the need for paper-based orders and reports.
- Reduces the time to get an ECG read and reported for results.
- Improves privacy and security of personal health information.