ConnectingOntario

ConnectingOntario brings together local, regional and provincial assets in different parts of the province — connecting them to improve patient care.

The program revolves around three major regional partners in the Greater Toronto Area, South West, and Northern and Eastern regions, as well as vendors and stakeholders, all working together to deliver electronic health records for every patient in this province.

ConnectingOntario will enable province-wide information sharing by building and linking systems, so that clinicians, whether in a doctor’s office, community clinic or hospital can access to patients’ personal health information anywhere, anytime. Having rapid access to complete, up-to-date and accurate information puts clinicians in a better position to provide the best possible care.

Benefits

For Patients

  • Your health care team can make faster, more informed decisions about your care

  • Reduces unnecessary/duplicate tests and procedures

  • Puts information in the hands of the people who need it so you can experience better, coordinated care between different members of your care team including your family doctor, hospital and community care access centre

  • Improves transitions between health care providers

  • Avoids the need to repeat your medical history when you go to different health care providers like a social worker or a surgeon at the hospital

  • Reduces patient wait times

For Clinicians

  • Improves efficiency of clinical decision-making

  • Faster access to valuable patient information

  • More time for patient care by reducing the amount of time spent on administrative tasks

  • Improves the ability to manage, coordinate and plan patient care

  • Provides a more complete picture of patient health information across the continuum of care

  • Improves the ability to monitor patient outcomes

For The Health System

  • Delivers information to the right people at the right time, enhancing the patient / provider experience

  • Reduces costs associated with managing paper records and duplicate tests and allows a more efficient transfer of accurate information

  • Enhances health system planning, decision support and performance management

  • Improves workflows and system efficiencies by reducing wait times and administrative paper-chasing