Ontario Integrates e-Health Activities Under One Agency
McGuinty Government Appoints Dr. Alan Hudson As Chair of eHealth Ontario
Ontario has appointed Dr. Alan Hudson as the Chair of eHealth Ontario, a restructured agency responsible for all aspects of e-health in Ontario including creating an electronic health record for all Ontarians.
eHealth Ontario will bring together the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's e-Health Program and the province's Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) under one banner.
Three key e-health priorities have been identified for the next few years including a Diabetes Registry, an e-health portal to centralize health information on an easily accessible web site, and e-prescribing which will eliminate hand written prescriptions and reduce medication errors.
Dr. Hudson - who is leading the government's efforts to reduce wait times in emergency rooms and for key procedures - will chair the Board of Directors for eHealth Ontario, which will have individuals from the broader health, business and information technology sectors.
The ultimate goal of the e-health strategy is to create an electronic health record (EHR) for all Ontarians by 2015. An electronic health record will provide patients and providers with the ability to access, share and use health information. It will improve health care delivery, increase patient safety, reduce ER wait times and create a more effective health care system.
- eHealth Ontario will work with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario to ensure the protection of personal health information
- The Ontario government created SSHA in 2003 to improve patient care through a variety of initiatives, including network hosting and secure e-mail. The agency has created the foundation for many of the e-health activities underway today.
“eHealth Ontario will enable us to transform Ontario’s health care system as we know it. With its broad mandate, eHealth Ontario will deliver a comprehensive, patient-focused, secure and private electronic system that will improve the way patients receive care.”
“This is an exciting time for e-health in Ontario. Combining thought leaders from the Ministry and Long-Term Care and the broader health sector means we now have the expertise to make electronic health records a reality for the people of Ontario.”
Dr. Alan Hudson