If you have a medical doctor who has a laptop computer in the examining room, then this may be the way your doctor handles and processes your personal heath info as shown by the following two videos:

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada, your health info will soon be easily and securely accessible as well as exchangeable by all 700 health care providers across the five GTA Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) – Central West, Toronto Central, Mississauga Halton, Central and Central East – via the ConnectingGTA project.

The main reason for choosing GTA for this project is that Greater Toronto Area (GTA) residents represent 47% of the province’s population.

The ConnectingGTA project is essentially an electronic health info ‘highway’ being built for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the following steps:

  • 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 health care providers access and exchange information more easily.
  • The first phase of ConnectingGTA will be completed in 2013.
  1. ConnectingGTA is the latest in a series of eHealth Ontario milestones which include
  2. the Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System (ENITS),
  3. the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption program, and the recent EMR procurement initiative for Ontario’s Community Health Centres.
Connecting GTA's Electronic Health Information Delivers Benefits for Patients & Providers

Connecting GTA's Electronic Health Information Delivers Benefits for Patients & Providers

Both patients and providers benefit from the ConnectingGTA project in the following ways:

  • Soon, all 700 service providers will be connected under one “electronic roof”.
  • This will allow patient information to move from one service provider to another within the system.
  • Patients will receive better, faster and more coordinated health care from their providers.
  • Providers will be able to share information more effectively.
  • There will be improved productivity for providers and more timely treatment for patients.
  • It will also reduce duplicate tests on patients which will save time and money.

Please note that:

  • 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.

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

Connecting Electronic Health Information For GTA Residents

May 11, 2011

Delivering Faster, Smarter And More Coordinated Patient Care

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% of the province’s population.

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 system.

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 easily.

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 Centres.

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.

QUOTES

“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. In the near term, foundational initiatives are already underway and will begin delivering results to patients and clinicians over the coming months.”

– Dr. Bob Bell
President and CEO, University Health Network

QUICK FACTS

  • 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.

CONTACTS

  • 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
    416-314-6197

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
ontario.ca/health

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