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Ontario Ehealth Blueprint Context

The Ontario health care sector is a complex and multi-faceted environment with a high transaction volume. Hundreds of thousands of health care providers of different types work within a diverse set of health care organizations such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, continuing care, mental health services, long-term care facilities, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), as well as private sector services such as dental care, pharmacies, independent health facilities, and laboratories. Interdisciplinary approaches to service delivery include a wide range of health care providers delivering services in a multitude of health care facilities.

Figure 1: LHINs in Ontario

The health care system is governed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). eHealth Ontario is an independent agency of the MOHLTC, created to promote and implement electronic health records (EHRs) across Ontario. 

The province of Ontario is divided into 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), which are not-for-profit organizations responsible for planning, integrating, and funding health services within their jurisdictional area.

A number of health care disciplines are regulated by bodies, such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the College of Nurses of Ontario, and the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Other disciplines are not currently regulated.

Health care is a large component of the Ontario government’s budget, and costs are expected to increase due to factors such as population growth, an aging population, increased incidences of chronic and complex diseases, and other changes.

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Published four times a year, the Blueprint Bulletin provides readers with regular insight into the elements, services and new developments associated with the Ontario eHealth blueprint.

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