IAR Background


The IAR is an application that allows health services needs assessment information to move electronically with the client, securely, from one health service provider (“HSP”) to another. The main goal of the IAR project is to improve the quality and continuity of care across community and hospital settings. By gaining access to standardized assessments, authorized health care professionals can share a common understanding of each client’s unique needs. In addition, the IAR benefits clients/patients by eliminating the need for them to repeatedly complete assessments in the process of obtaining services.

HSPs that are within the client’s circle of care can use the IAR to electronically view timely client assessment information in a safe and accurate manner. In the IAR, assessment data is uploaded to the system by participating HSPs. Once uploaded, these assessments are read-only and may be modified only in special circumstances. The local HSP that has uploaded the information remains the custodian (and the “source of truth”) for all assessments that they have uploaded. 

 As of 2016, one of the new exciting assessment types is the Care Coordination Tool.

New Assessment Type and Features in IAR

The coordinated care plan is a new assessment type being added to IAR

  • In March 2015, the Common Assessment (CA) and IAR Provincial Advisory Committee approved the motion to include Coordinated Care Plans in IAR as “other assessment”, as per Schedule C, section I(2)(h) of the IAR Data Sharing Agreement.
  • Coordinated care plans are documents that are designed to assist patients with complex care needs and their care teams with daily health care requirements – they are created and maintained through a collaborative process including the patient, their family and their care team.
  • Health Service Provider (HSP) users who are within the circle of care for a patient/client will now be able to view coordinated care plans in IAR
  • Existing IAR Operational Reports and IAR Privacy and Security Reports have been updated to include the new assessment type
  • Enhancements to the assessment timeline display in IAR.
To align with privacy best practices, it is now mandatory for HSP users in IAR to search for a patient/client by:
  • Entering a valid Ontario Health Card Number OR
  • Entering mandatory person attributes: a combination of Last Name, First Name and Date of Birth

HSPs and Local Health Information Networks (LHINs) were advised of the changes on  September 11, 2015

HSPs at the William Osler Health System Health Information Network Provider have access to these changes as of September 14, 2015

HSPs at the Health Sciences North HINP and the TransForm Shared Services Organization HINP will have access to these changes by October 26, 2015.


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