Panorama is a secure, integrated electronic public health record designed to assist public health practitioners in Manitoba to manage:
- Vaccine inventory management
- Communicable disease and outbreak management
In Manitoba, Panorama is a tripartite project between Manitoba Health; First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM); and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB).Support for Panorama has been approved by the Chiefs in Assembly as part of the Manitoba First Nations eHealth Long Term Strategy.
Panorama will be used by all public health providers in regional health authorities, Manitoba Health, nursing stations and community health centres. It will replace the current provincial immunization registry (MIMS).When fully implemented, Panorama will provide authorized health-care professionals in Manitoba with the ability to collect, share and analyze a wide range of health information that is critical for managing health problems such as SARS and other communicable diseases at the regional and provincial levels. Panorama is a secure system. Panorama users must access the system using a user name and password. Remote access is also available via authorized computers at off-site clinics, schools or flu clinics via a secure service.
The Panorama First Nations deployment team has been working collaboratively with First Nations communities preparing for Panorama Phase 1 deployment. Of the 63 First Nation communities in Manitoba, 22 are included in the Phase 1 deployment. First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada and West Region Treaty 2 and 4 Health Services are included in the Phase 1 deployment as bridging service organizations entering data on behalf of the 41 First Nations communities not included in the Phase 1 deployment.
The following diagram shows the First Nation Panorama implementation process:
Information Sharing Agreements (ISA) are an essential part of successful tripartite deployment processes. The First Nations Principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession are critical to ensure that First Nations data is accessed appropriately and protected. First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors (MHHLS), and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) are currently working on a comprehensive agreement that respects First Nations data and supports First Nations participation. Following completion and signing of the respective ISAs, Panorama training and deployment will be scheduled and delivered.