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To fix a disconnected health-care system, Ontario must tackle interoperability head on

By Chris Hobson      

When health-care providers and patients have access to complete information, including an integrated care plan, then we can realize the full potential of a streamlined, coordinated health-care system. But first, Ontario must tackle interoperability of health information head on.

The Ontario government, headed by Premier Doug Ford, announced recently that it is consolidating local and provincial health organizations to create a central super agency, designed to end silos and fix a disconnected system. The system is fragmented for many reasons. A lack of data and information sharing between health-care providers is a persistent problem that has been resistant to change, writes Chris Hobson. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Ontario government announced recently that it is consolidating local and provincial health organizations to create a central super agency, designed to end silos and fix a disconnected system. The system is fragmented for many reasons. A lack of data and information sharing between health-care providers is a persistent problem that has been resistant to change.

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