What Does eHealth Ontario Do?

eHealth Ontario actively engages new information technology (IT) to improve both quality and access to health care for the people of Ontario. We are enabling doctors and clinicians to talk to one another and share patient information electronically.

Paper records are a thing of the past. Today, doctors are creating electronic health records (EHRs) for their patients that contain all their medical information, including X-rays, test results, ultrasounds and other important data. It’s really no different than the way we use our mobile phones or our home computers to save and store information, send emails and share pictures and videos.

Our job is to deliver a comprehensive, patient-focused, secure and private EHR system. This will improve the way patients receive care, enhance the clinical experience and make the system more sustainable.

eHealth Ontario connects physicians and health care providers by allowing the transmission of electronic health data across a wide network of EHR systems throughout the province. By building platforms like the Ontario laboratories information system (OLIS), we allow doctors and clinicians access to important medical tests and results in one centralized registry. We also provide funding to physicians to purchase EMR software and we partner with hospitals to develop EHR systems.

eHealth Ontario is  funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. We also work with the private sector to deliver electronic health care solutions which support regional planning authorities and private sector vendors who have the expertise to develop information technology (IT) solutions.

Our Approach

eHealth Ontario is committed to practical solutions. We work closely with health care professionals, hospitals, community-based providers, the provincial government, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Canada Health Infoway (CHI) and vendors to develop the best solutions for Ontarians.

This philosophy informs our vision for electronic health care. We favour an approach that leverages the significant progress local and regional health service providers have made over the past decade in EHR solutions. The province’s 154 hospital systems have widely adopted electronic record-keeping and, as of June 2012, more than 9,400 community-based clinicians representing approximately 9 million Ontarians have or are in the process of implementing electronic medical record (EMR) software in their practices.

Our goal today is to enable systems to talk to each other in order to get secure, accurate and comprehensive patient information into the hands of health care providers as quickly as possible. We must leverage the best of regional hubs and develop ways for them to seamlessly and securely share information.

Memorandum of Understanding

An administrative agreement, the memorandum of understanding (MOU), sets out the accountabilities between the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Chair of eHealth Ontario. The MOU clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the Minister, Chair, Board, Deputy Minister and the CEO. It also outlines expectations for the operational, administrative, financial, staffing, auditing and reporting requirements between the agency and ministry.

IT and Innovation

We are playing a leading role in harnessing IT and innovation to improve health care in Ontario by:

  • Providing ehealth services and related support for the effective and efficient planning, management and delivery of health care in Ontario;
  • Developing  an ehealth services strategy, operational policy; and
  • Protecting the privacy of individuals whose personal information or personal health information is collected, transmitted, stored or exchanged by and through the agency.

Learn More About Us

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Published: Nov 20, 2013