Delivering Faster, Smarter And More Coordinated Patient Care
TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Work is underway to ensure health care providers
will be able to share electronic health information for Greater Toronto
Area (GTA) residents, who represent 47 per cent of the province's
The ConnectingGTA project will allow 700 service providers to securely
share patient health information across the five GTA Local Health
Integration Networks (LHINs). Currently, electronic health information
is shared in silos within the system. Soon, all 700 service providers
will be connected under one "electronic roof" - allowing patient
information to move from one service provider to another within the
Patients will receive better, faster and more coordinated health care
from their providers - and providers will be able to share information
more effectively. Patients and providers will also benefit from
improved productivity and more timely treatment. It will also reduce
duplicate tests on patients which will save time and money.
In the project's first months, priority patient data such as clinical
reports, diagnostic images, drug information, and lab test results will
be shared. Major technology pieces will also be put in place in the
coming months to help providers access and exchange information more
The first phase of ConnectingGTA will be completed in 2013.
ConnectingGTA is the latest in a series of eHealth Ontario milestones
which include rolling out the Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System
(ENITS), the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption program, and the
recent EMR procurement initiative for Ontario's Community Health
Today's announcement is part of the government's plan to provide more
access to health care services while improving quality and
accountability for patients.
"This is a significant milestone towards improving patient care in
Ontario. ConnectingGTA will advance Ontario's eHealth strategy by
allowing seamless and secure exchange of patient information between
approximately 700 health care organizations and their clinicians."
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"ConnectingGTA will improve patient care for almost half of the
province's population and lead the way for other regional health system
integration hubs in Ontario.This is a perfect example of how
collaboration within the health care system is changing the way
patients receive care."
Greg A. Reed, President and CEO of eHealth Ontario
"The ConnectingGTA project represents the very essence of the work
underway across Canada to place vital health information in the hands
of health care professionals when they need it," said Graham Scott,
Chair of the Board, Canada Health Infoway, the organization investing
federal dollars in information and communications technologies for
health. "Knowing is better than not knowing, particularly when care
decisions are being made and Infoway is proud to have invested almost
$24M in this project."
Graham Scott, Board Chair, Canada Health Infoway
"All five GTA Local Health Integration Networks have identified the need
for an integrated framework to support access to clinical data from
across the care continuum. ConnectingGTA will foster collaboration
among health care organizations to build towards the delivery of
electronic health records."
Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Central West Local Health Integration Network
"The ConnectingGTA project will benefit patients, clinicians, health
care organizations and the health care system more broadly. It will
allow clinicians to make decisions in real-time and enable
collaboration amongst the whole health care team - from family
physician to acute care specialist - resulting in better patient
care."- Dr. Bob Bell, President and CEO, University Health Network
The University Health Network led the planning phase for ConnectingGTA
and will draw on its strong track record to implement this initiative.
ConnectingGTA is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care, eHealth Ontario, Canada Health Infoway, University
Health Network, and the five GTA Local Health Integration Networks
(LHINs) - Central West, Toronto Central, Mississauga Halton, Central
and Central East.
SOURCE eHealth Ontario
For further information:
| Neala Barton, Minister's Office, 416-327-4388 |
Abigail Brown, eHealth Ontario, 416-586-4238
Dan Strasbourg, Canada Health Infoway, 416-595-3424
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
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