One of the three ConnectingOntario programs, ConnectingGTA, is now wrapping up the early adopter phase. We worked with University Health Network (UHN) to deliver the first phase of the program, and have now exceeded our registered user targets. The clinical viewer began full rollout to early adopters in June 2015. As of January 2016 more than 42,000 registered clinicians have access to electronic health records (EHRs), supporting nearly 40 per cent of central Ontario’s patient population.

The partnership with UHN has been a remarkable one, and the results are changing the delivery of health care. We wish to acknowledge and thank UHN for their persistence, rigour and spirit of true collaboration for the benefit of clinicians and patients.

Moving forward, we’re pleased to announce that Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Sunnybrook) will be the agency’s implementation and adoption partner across central Ontario. Sunnybrook will work with the ConnectingGTA expansion sites to make the ConnectingOntario viewer available to more clinicians across central Ontario. Sunnybrook and eHealth Ontario will also assist sites in understanding and addressing the performance challenges that may impede an end user’s experience.

The official start date is April 8, 2016. Sunnybrook and eHealth Ontario worked with outgoing service delivery partner UHN to ensure a smooth transition for ConnectingGTA health service providers. We thank UHN for their hard work and collaboration.

Moving ahead, ConnectingGTA efforts will focus on increasing adoption, continued performance and solution improvements and rollout of the remaining expansion sites and transition to a provincial model.

The program will be expanded to 57 additional sites in six LHINs (Greater Toronto Area and North Simcoe Muskoka), representing all sectors in the continuum of care throughout 2016, with provincial integration soon to follow.

Through the ConnectingOntario program, eHealth Ontario continues to work across the province to allow the contribution to and viewing of integrated province-wide EHRs for every patient where they receive care.

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