Tory cites patient e-record as key to better care



    Technology will bring benefits to patients, providers, and the health
    system

    HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory
today delivered his commitment to a comprehensive e-health strategy, providing
Ontarians with better health care.
    "Patients in Ontario deserve a health care system that utilizes the
latest technology to ensure they get the best care possible," said Tory. "An
electronic health record for patients is the missing - and essential - link to
providing patients with better, faster and safer health care."
    Tory reiterated the Ontario PC plan to invest an additional $540 million
over the next four years to implement e-health technology including an
electronic patient record. Tory described the benefits of e-records for
patients:

    
    -   Timely access and results;
    -   More time for doctors and nurses to spend with patients, rather than
        filling out cumbersome paperwork;
    -   Greater input for patients into the care they receive;
    -   A comprehensive overview of a patient's medical history so that
        doctors can make the most appropriate diagnosis;
    -   Minimized risks and waiting (less medication errors, no duplicate
        tests, etc.); and
    -   Ease of sharing information between health care providers.
    

    A John Tory PC Government will work aggressively to take full advantage
of the federal funding allocated towards this project. The e-health initiative
will bring smoother access to care and improve patient safety, in addition to
providing better health-system planning and increased efficiency and
accountability.
    "Dalton McGuinty has failed to show real results. Despite his promise and
the $458 million that Ontario taxpayers have invested into this project,
Ontario currently lags behind the progress of other provinces," said Tory.

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