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Bringing Home Care into Ontario's Technology Strategy

by Home Care Ontario | Oct 26, 2016

Today, Home Care Ontario releases a report, Bringing Home Care into Ontario's Technology Strategy.  The paper provides advice on the requirements for an integrated technology solution that makes it easier for patients and their families to receive care at home.

The recommendations provided by Home Care Ontario are designed to ensure that Ontarians receive full benefit from a health system that is enabled by effective electronic processes and communication.  The Association’s underlying premise is that all health system partners must have equal access to information and make every effort to ensure that care is seamless and that people are well informed and confident that the front line home care delivery system, as a part of the broader health care system, is available and effective.

“We believe this paper will be helpful as the Government works to implement Ontario’s Patients First Strategy,” said Sue VanderBent, Association CEO.  “The health system must leverage every resource to achieve the best care and value for each and every Ontarian.”

Home Care Ontario commits to continuing to work with government and health system partners to implement effective strategies to ensure the right resources are effectively deployed to keep Ontarians at home.

As the number of Ontarians receiving health care services at home increases and their needs become more complex, it is essential that home and community care providers have the technological resources, knowledge and authority required to  meet demand – now and in the future. Technological reform and innovation have the potential to improve the efficacy and efficiency of Ontario’s health care system, but success depends upon enabling the full participation of the home and community care sector, from leadership to frontline staff. During a time of health care transformation, Bringing Home Care into Ontario's Technology Strategy is an important contribution to this conversation.

- Deborah Simon, CEO, Ontario Community Support Association

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