Connected Care Update

November 15, 2019

Ontario is implementing a new Digital First for Health strategy that will help end hallway health care by offering more choices and making health care simpler, easier and more convenient for patients, families and providers. This strategy will harness the imagination and capabilities of Ontario’s digital health innovators to improve care for all Ontarians.

Once the new strategy is fully implemented, patients and caregivers will see a number of benefits, including:

This is an exciting time for health care in Ontario as the government brings the patient experience into the 21st century.
The first phase of the digital strategy will include a $3 million in new funding to increase the availability of virtual care with approximately 55,000 more video visits provided by physicians directly to patients in their location of choice over the next year. In addition, this first phase will enable Ontario Health Teams to collect, use and share information to allow for better patient care and outcomes. This will improve convenience for patients and promote more connected care by ensuring patients won’t need to retell their health information over and over.
This will be achieved through the proposed changes Ontario is making to modernize the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) that will also introduce stricter provisions for any individual or organization that misuses personal health information.
The proposed changes will:

PHIPA will also be strengthened by adding an offence provision and order making powers to deter individuals or organizations from compromising patient privacy.

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