McMaster University

OSCAR, MyOSCAR 3.0 and Know2Act

Ranked as one of the Top 100 universities in the world, McMaster University is a world-renowned, research-intensive university which fosters an innovative culture, and a dedication to discovery and learning through teaching, research and scholarship. It is especially known for its “McMaster Model”-a learning model which is student-centred, problem-based, and interdisciplinary. This learning model has been adopted by other universities all around the world.

McMaster University is unique as the only Canadian university that combines the schools of medicine, nursing, and rehabilitation sciences; and postgraduate health sciences education along with the bachelor of health sciences, midwifery, and physician assistant programs into one Faculty of Health Sciences. This combination of disciplines allows members of the medical team to train in a collaborative, interprofessional setting to develop effective and efficient healthcare.

The Faculty of Health Sciences oversees, with its academic hospital partners, more than $237 million in health research a year. For six consecutive years, it has ranked within the top three Canadian schools for biomedical and healthcare research funding by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

OSCAR (Open Source Clinical Application Resource) is an ISO 13485:2003 compliant electronic medical record that is preferred by providers, clinics and institutions seeking a robust, affordable full service EMR that delivers functionality designed to fit the user. OSCAR can accommodate a wide array of language, clinical, research, and educational needs, and can be deployed in diverse environments given its minimal system requirements. Key features of OSCAR include complete scheduling, e-charting, prescribing, and billing functions; lab downloads, tables, and graphs; chronic disease management tools; and connectivity to MyOSCAR. OSCAR is being used by over 2000 Canadian physicians in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick and P.E.I.

MyOSCAR is a patient-controlled Personal Health Record (PHR) that offers the potential for people to keep all of their personal health information in one place, and to access it from a computer, smart phone or anywhere with internet access. Each MyOSCAR account holder decides which information to share, when to share it and with whom (family, friends, health care providers), giving them complete control over their own health record. Through MyOSCAR, users can access proven health management tools that help them better track trends in such things as blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Other tools assist in monitoring the effectiveness of medications, and a variety of other tools are in development. MyOSCAR makes each individual the center in a connected model of care, giving users the information, knowledge and tools they need to manage and improve their health.

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