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  • PS01 - Architecting Jurisdictional Ecosystem (ID 10)

    • Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Panel Session
    • Track: Clinical and Executive
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 6/06/2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 201CD
    • PS01.02 - SPARKing a Pathway to Access Patient Health Data (ID 271)

      Samantha Liscio, eHealth Ontario; Toronto/CA

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      Purpose/Objectives: Over the past 10 years, Ontario has made considerable progress on the eHealth front with the development and implementation of clinically significant point-of-care systems to allow clinicians to securely access and exchange information including lab, drug, diagnostic imaging, immunization, hospital, and community care data. As well, the demand for innovative care models and technologies that facilitate access to a patient’s electronic health record is growing exponentially. The need for a transparent, standardized approach to connect to this data is more important than ever. Despite significant advancement in ehealth and the growing demand for access to data, there remains a number of technical, policy and regulatory challenges that need to be addressed to improve patient health outcomes through the transformation of care delivery. These challenges include non-interoperable technology solutions, limited means for patients to access their own data, and lack of open standards and access to tools/ resources for development and diffusion of technology to market.

      Methodology/Approach: With funding by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), University Health Network (UHN) and MaRS Discovery District have established a collaborative partnership through Project SPARK (“SPARK”). SPARK is a multi-phased initiative designed to advance healthcare delivery and improve patient care for Ontarians. Specifically, SPARK aims to stimulate digital health innovation by facilitating access to core provincial data assets and creating a pathway for innovators (researchers, software developers, entrepreneurs, private industry, etc.) to scale their digital health technologies to market. To do this, SPARK will guide innovators seeking to ‘plug-in’ to the provincial EHR infrastructure by developing a transparent and standardized set of processes and tools.

      Finding/Results: In alignment with the Ontario MOHLTC Patients First Strategy and the forthcoming Digital Health Strategy, SPARK will promote the health and well-being of Ontarians, improve access to healthcare services, accelerate the next generation of ehealth assets, and liberate high-value data from core ehealth assets for use by patients and innovators. By leveraging investments in provincial ehealth infrastructure and by bringing together key stakeholders across the digital health technology ecosystem, SPARK will connect the patient consumer and their provider with their health data, creating a true collaborative partnership in care delivery and management. In addition to the benefits that SPARK will create for patient/consumers, providers, and health technology innovators, it will also create several benefits for the province of Ontario. SPARK will provide an ongoing “R&D” pipeline for the continuous improvement of assets such as ConnectingGTA and will contribute to the ongoing sustainability of Ontario’s foundational eHealth investments (e.g., through data monetization strategies). The successful adoption and diffusion of made-in-Ontario health technologies will create economic wealth and jobs for Ontarians, validating the province as a leader in healthcare innovation, demonstrating public-private collaboration that incents innovation while improving the healthcare system, and realizing a cross-jurisdictional collaboration benefits from working together with other provinces and territories.

      Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations: Panelists include thought leaders from eHealth Ontario, MaRS, and UHN. In addition to providing an overview of SPARK, they will share early insights on how the patient experience is changing.

      140 Character Summary: SPARK will stimulate health innovation by facilitating access to provincial data and creating a pathway for innovators to scale their digital health technologies.

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