Cancer Care Ontario garners top information technology award

    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Cancer Care Ontario received the Diamond Award,
the top national award in the not-for-profit sector for overall excellence in
information technology, at the 2007 Canadian Information Productivity Awards
(CIPA) gala for developing and deploying the Wait Time Information System
(WTIS) in support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
    "Ontario has moved from being a laggard to being a leader in the field of
wait time information management," said Dr. Alan Hudson, Lead, Wait Time
Strategy and Access to Services. "The Wait Time Information System is a
critical part of Ontario's strategy to reduce wait times and more than 250,000
Ontarians benefit annually from its ability to track and share the most timely
and accurate information."
    CIPA, the premier information technology and innovation awards program in
Canada, commemorates organizations that have applied IT innovation to improve
productivity and efficiency throughout the organization. Close to 200
competitors and leaders in information technology applications from banking,
airlines and private industry, as well as public and not-for-profit, competed.
    "It is extremely rewarding to be recognized on a national scale for the
Wait Time Information System," said Sarah Kramer, Lead for the Wait Time
Information Management Strategy, and VP and CIO for Cancer Care Ontario. "This
award acknowledges the Ontario government's steadfast commitment to report to
the public on the performance of the health care system and reflects the
combined efforts of hospitals, health care professionals and various public
and private sector partners across the province."
    In less than two years, Cancer Care Ontario has delivered two
province-wide systems that are transforming Ontario's health system. The WTIS
is the first provincial system to capture accurate and timely wait time data
giving Ontario a public way to monitor, measure, manage and report wait time
data for surgeries and diagnostic imaging.
    At the same time, Cancer Care Ontario implemented the Enterprise Master
Patient Index (EMPI), which accurately identifies patients and will provide
the backbone for all future sharing of electronic patient information.
    As of June 2007, staff from 81 Ontario hospitals and 1,700 surgeons'
offices, are using the WTIS to improve access to care. Today in Ontario, wait
time data for cancer surgery, cataract surgery, cardiac surgery, hip and knee
replacement surgery, and MRI and CT scans are being captured in near real time
and reported publicly through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's web
    Doctors and patients now have better information for decision-making, and
the public has access to information to hold government and other health care
leaders accountable for wait times. Cancer Care Ontario has been mandated by
the government to lead the expansion of the WTIS, which initially was
developed to capture information in five key areas. Beginning in spring 2008,
the WTIS will be expanded to include all surgical procedures for adults and
paediatrics by end of March 2009.
    At the beginning of September, Cancer Care Ontario received a prestigious
gold award from the Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC) for
leadership in Innovation Management. The 2007 IPAC awards focused on New
Service Breakthroughs with Technology and celebrated and encouraged innovative
managerial initiatives in public administration. The WTIS was selected from 53
nominations from across the country for exceptional management in public

    Cancer Care Ontario

    Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency that steers and coordinates
Ontario's cancer services and prevention efforts so that fewer people get
cancer and patients receive the highest quality of care.

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For further information: Media Contact: Jennifer Obeid, Cancer Care
Ontario, (416) 971-9800 ext. 3383 or email at

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