Minister Eric Hoskins and eHealth Ontario have now received Ed Clark’s review of Ontario’s Digital Health Assets, which confirms the significant and ongoing value of digital health infrastructure, and have accepted all of his recommendations in principle.
In October the provincial government requested the Premier’s Business Advisor, Mr. Ed Clark, assess the value of ehealth in Ontario, specifically “provide the government with a value assessment of Ontario’s digital health assets and all related intellectual property and infrastructure” and “provide us with recommendations related to how to maximize the value of these assets for Ontarians”.
AFHTO was one of 30 organizations who sent their own submissions to Mr. Clark, aligned with the collective goal as stated in the Patients First Action Plan, “to make Ontario the healthiest place to grow up and grow old.”
Highlights from the AFHTO submission include:
Current demonstrated value:
To get much more value from EMRs and connectivity:
With these in mind, Ontario can refine its digital health strategy to help “improve access to care, connect services, inform people to make the right decisions about their care, and protect our universal public health care system by making decisions based on value and quality.”