EMR Certification Overview
OntarioMD EMR Certification provides assurance to physicians and the digital health community that EMR vendors and their certified EMR products have met and continue to meet the minimum set of requirements and obligations to drive EMR maturity for the province.
EMR Offerings must be certified in order to subscribe to provincial EHR products and services, including OLIS, HRM and future EHR solutions and services as they become available.
Certified EMR Offerings are recognized for:
aligning to the published Ontario EMR Specifications Mandatory for a specific care domain (e.g.: Primary Care) as identified below
maintaining obligations set forth in the EMR Vendor Certification Agreement
EMR Certification Releases
The set of Mandatory EMR Specifications including version number required for EMR Certification is defined as a Release.
An EMR Specification is flagged as Mandatory only when, for example, the adoption of the product/service of the EMR Specification is considered foundational to all EMRs, or the Ministry of Health or other regulatory authority introduces policy or legislation mandating the use of the functionality, etc. Prior to an EMR Specification being set as Mandatory, OntarioMD will provide EMR vendors with a minimum of 12-months notice of the requirement to successfully incorporate the functionality into their EMR Offering(s).
Visit the EMR Specifications Library for more information about EMR Specifications.
To download the set of EMR Specifications for Certification Release click on the related release in the tables below.
Current EMR Certification Release
EMR Core Data Set
EMR Data Migration
EMR Hosting (For Hosted EMR Offerings Only)
Connectivity & Tools
Primary Care Baseline Requirements
Previous EMR Certification Releases
EMR Certificate Status
An EMR Offering Certificate will have one of the following statuses:
Active certificate status indicates that the EMR Offering is in good standing:
Aligned with the applicable EMR Specifications
The EMR Vendor is maintaining their obligations set forth in the OntarioMD EMR Vendor Certification Agreement
An EMR Vendor with an EMR Offering with an Active certificate status are eligible:
To connect to provincial EHR products and services
To participate in provincial EMR integration, EMR tooling or quality improvement initiatives (e.g. Proof of Concepts)
Suspended Certificate indicates that an EMR Offering is out of alignment with one or more applicable EMR Specifications and/or the EMR Vendor has not resolved its non-conformance to its obligations set forth in the EMR Vendor Certification Agreement.
An EMR Offering with a Suspended Certificate:
Is no longer eligible for new connections to provincial EHR products and services (existing connections will not be disconnected)
Will not be eligible to participate in provincial EMR integration, EMR tooling or quality improvement initiatives (e.g. Proof of Concepts)
Participation in existing initiatives will continue
Prior to an EMR Offering being suspended, the EMR Vendor is provided an opportunity to resolve any non-conformance items
When items of non-conformance are not resolved within the Cure Period, the EMR Offering’s Certificate will be
An EMR Offering will have its Certificate
Withdrawn for the following reasons:
Items of non-conformance remain unresolved after the
Cure Period expires for a
Retired version of an EMR Offering
When a new version of the EMR Offering has been successfully validated, the Certificate for the retired version of the EMR Offering will be
An EMR Offering whose Certificate has been
- will no longer be eligible to connect new clinicians to provincial EHR products and services. Existing clinicians will not be disconnected.
- will not be eligible to participate in new or existing provincial EMR integration, EMR tooling or quality improvement initiatives (e.g. Proof of Concepts)