Who we are
Giiwednong Health Link (GHL) is comprised of fourteen (14) First Nation community stakeholders on Manitoulin Island and the North Shore of Lake Huron. It serves a population of approximately 27, 335 members, geographically dispersed in the Northeastern Ontario region.
To provide better access to health information for its member communities, GHL’s current project is the implementation of an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada, and with the cooperation of service providers in the province of Ontario.
GHL has partnered with a recognized private industry leader, TELUS Health, to implement the Practice Solutions Suite (PS Suite) EMR, which is already utilized by many medical practitioners/professionals providing services in the member communities.
Improving the health and well-being of the GHL First Nations community members through digital health innovation.
We strive to be a Centre of Excellence that collaborates with GHL First Nations health care providers to:
- achieve 1 client – 1 record, shared amongst all health care providers and available when needed and where needed
- support informed decision-making based on accurate data
GHL facilitates the implementation of eHealth solutions by being the contact point for the vendor and the First Nation health centres. Arranging for the necessary IT architecture and configuration, and verifying the technological readiness for the EMR system, GHL frees health centre staff to focus on optimizing their delivery of health care to their clients.
GHL attends and supports staff during the initial software training provided by the vendor, and then provides additional support, in person, by email or phone on an ongoing basis. GHL assists First Nation health centre staff adapt the software to their specific needs and provides suggestions on how to optimize its use.
GHL provides health centres with customizable templates that ensure the centres and their EMR users are compliant with the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.
Board of Directors
President, Leila Macumber
Serpent River First Nation
Vice President, Craig Abotossaway
Mnaamodzawin Health Services
Secretary/Treasurer, Carmen Wabegijig-Nootchtai
Director, Rhonda Peltier
Mississauga First Nation
Director, Diane Jacko
Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Director, Roger Beaudin
M’CHIGEENG FIRST NATION
IT Project Manager
Informatics, Privacy and Training Coordinator
eHealth Integration Project Coordinator
Informatics, Privacy and Training Coordinator
eHealth Initiatives Coordinator
Our First Nation Partners
Manitoulin Island Communities:
- Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
- Sheguiandah First Nation
- Whitefish River First Nation
- M’Chigeeng First Nation
- Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
- Sheshegwaning First Nation
North Shore Communities:
- Thessalon First Nation
- Batchewana First Nation
- Garden River First Nation
- Mississauga First Nation
- Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
- Sagamok Anishnawbek
Affiliated Aboriginal Health Organizations:
- Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services
- Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
- Mnaamodzawin Health Services
"The health centre will now operate with the data that is necessary to have a fully encompassing health delivery system, available at the fingertips of each practitioner. This will assist professionals and help attain health and wellness for all our members.
Ogimaa Duke Peltier, Chief of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Giiwednong Health Link (GHL) formed a Steering Committee of four Health Directors whose vision was to collectively gather 14 First Nations to work together to obtain a sustainable electronic health information solution tool (EMR) to improve the collection of data recording to enhance the delivery of health services to First Nation community members. Its goal is patient-centred care with one client—one record.
On September 29, 2015, Giiwednong Health Link was officially incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Act, Corporation # 945716-0.
In our first year of operations (2016-17), we:
- April 1, 2016 started operations as a new entity
- Board of Directors orientation and training
- Project Management Office established with a team of six (6) staff
- Development of organizational structures and digital health implementation plans
- Vendor Change: Nightingale Informatix to TELUS Health – September 2016
- Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory EMR – Go Live March 2017
Technical Readiness Assessment
Business Plan Completed
EMR Vendor Selected
Operational Funding Secured by FNIHB
First Nation Community BCR’s Acquired
PMO Established & Staff Hired
Functional Requirements & DSA Developed
GHL Incorporated & By-laws Created
EMR Vendor Changed, Project Baselines Updated
14 FN EMRs Implemented
Data Sharing Agreement Signed on Manitoulin Island
GHL Service Level Agreement Implemented
FN Privacy & EMR Training Completed
GHL Capacity to Implement eHealth Achieved
Organizational Policies and Strategic Plan Completed