On­tario surgery wait times now on­line

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS -

On­tar­i­ans can now use a new on­line tool to see wait times for cer­tain surg­eries and com­pare them at hos­pi­tals across the province. Health Min­is­ter Eric Hoskins an­nounced Thurs­day that it was de­vel­oped with Health Qual­ity On­tario and can be found on that web­site (hqon­tario.ca). It in­cludes the length of time be­tween a re­fer­ral and first ap­point­ment with a spe­cial­ist or sur­geon, as well as the time be­tween a de­ci­sion be­ing made to book a pro­ce­dure and the date it’s per­formed. The province is in­vest­ing nearly $13 mil­lion over two years to ex­pand eRe­fer­ral sys­tems that con­nect pa­tients and pri­mary care providers to spe­cial­ists and other health care ser­vices in sev­eral re­gions in­clud­ing Water­loo-Welling­ton, Hamil­ton Ni­a­gara Haldimand Brant, and across the north. On­tario is also de­vel­op­ing an elec­tronic ver­sion of im­mu­niza­tion cards. Hoskins says dig­i­tal health care is one of the great­est tools for pa­tient em­pow­er­ment.

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