|It’s been a busy two weeks back to Queen’s Park. While much of the attention has been focused on our federal cousins (wow, what a week!), there were several exciting developments here in Ontario as well.|
Last week, your Minister of Health & Long Term Care, the Honourable Christine Elliott, introduced sweeping reforms to Ontario’s healthcare system.
These reforms are desperately needed. We know that the crisis of hallway healthcare is not just a slogan – it’s a reality, including at our own hospitals here in Ottawa. Moreover, this crisis has been compounded by a large backlog in long term care beds and an insufficient homecare system.
As we promised in the election, our Government intends to tackle those challenges. We’re lucky to have Minister Elliott – who has previously served as both Health Critic and Patient Ombudsman – leading the helm.
So what are these reforms going to do?
Take your local health team as an example. If you’re part of one of these teams, you’ll know that they provide wrap-around health supports – family doctors, therapists, dieticians, etc. Our reforms will seek to scale these models across regions – ensuring that patients tap into a network of support rather than a silo system.
Technology will help allow patients to easier access this network of support.
As Minister Elliott said in her announcement, “By relentlessly focusing on patient experience, and on better connected care, we will reduce wait times and end hallway health care.”
As one of the youngest members of the legislature, I am pleased to see a focus on technology. I am eager to see how innovation can improve and expand our services.
So what are your thoughts on the use of technology to improve our healthcare system? Where would you like to see us prioritize this push for innovation?