Friday, August 22, 2008

eHealth Canada

It is always interesting to compare eHealth developments around the world, and a recent report from Ontario caught my eye, particularly as i shall be in Canada in 2 weeks for the Medicine 2.0 conference for which the final programme has just been released.

In Ontario their Smart System's for Health Agency (SSHA) has undertaken a range of new initiatives, in their province-wide information technology infrastructure.

These include:

* 63,295 new ONE Mail users, 15% above target, added at 58 organizations for a total of 116,739 accounts province-wide

* 1,541 new ONE Network sites added for a total of 7,213 sites connected

* 60 per cent of Network Refresh Project sites transitioned to SSHA’s upgraded network, significantly expanding current and future bandwidth requirements, while also improving reliability, security, privacy and overall quality of ONE Network

* 2 complex initiatives, Ontario Laboratories Information System and Enterprise Master Patient Index, transitioned to SSHA for ongoing application maintenance.

It would be interesting to see how these developments are affecting front line care, and if any readers from the area would like to comment please let me know.

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