Statement from Minister David Caplan on eHealth Ontario

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ -


    The eHealth agenda is one of this government's top priorities.
Modernizing our health care system is going to lead to better patient care,
and more efficient health care service delivery for our province.
    While we have recently seen progress and momentum, many valid concerns
have been raised regarding eHealth Ontario. That's why I directed the board of
eHealth Ontario to launch a third-party review of the agency, overseen by a
government auditor, and requested that the Auditor General report on his own
review as quickly as possible.
    The board reported to me that the current uncertainty surrounding eHealth
Ontario threatens to delay initiatives that are crucial to our government's
plan to modernize and improve our health care system.
    I am acting immediately upon its request to revoke Sarah Kramer's
appointment as eHealth Ontario President and Chief Executive Officer. Ron
Sapsford, Deputy Minister of Health and Long Term Care, will serve as acting
President and Chief Executive Officer of eHealth Ontario until an interim
President and CEO can quickly be appointed.
    This decision is an important step to restore public confidence in the
agency and its mandate of modernizing our health care system.

                                                      Disponible en français

    June 6, 2009

    Honourable David Caplan, M.P.P.
    Office of the Minister
    Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
    10th Floor, Hepburn Block
    80 Grosvenor Street
    Toronto, ON  M7A 2C4

    Dear Minister Caplan:

    The Board of Directors at eHealth Ontario met to consider the
organization's mandate and take the appropriate steps to ensure that progress
continues to be made in delivering the government's strategy for improving
patient care through ehealth systems.
    Both the Board and Ms. Kramer feel that a change in leadership is
required to restore public confidence in the organization's ability to move
our important mandate forward. Therefore, Ms Kramer has decided to leave the
organization. The Board thanks her for her service and dedication to ehealth
in Ontario.
    We hereby request that you recommend to the Lieutenant Governor in
Council, the revocation of the Order in Council appointing Ms. Kramer as CEO
of the Corporation.
    Thank you for your attention to this matter.


    Original signed by

    Alan R. Hudson OC, FRCSC
    eHealth Ontario

For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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