SIMS changes shape into an association
TORONTO – An information management
and information technology (IM/IT) partnership between 16 healthcare
organizations in the Greater Toronto Area is getting a facelift. With
the increasing size of the SIMS Partnership, members have elected to
revise the group’s structure to a more formal ‘association’ and change
the name to the GTA Health Information Collaborative (HIC).
A sub-set of the group that shares IM/IT resources will continue under
the SIMS Partnership name and as a major IM/IT delivery partner for the
“This is the next step in the evolution of our growing IM/IT
partnership,” said Barry McLellan, Chair of the GTA HIC and President
and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “As healthcare
organizations across the GTA collaborate further on these types of
projects, we can only stand to improve the experience for our patients.
“SIMS provided a great foundation for this important step in our
development and this association continues to move in the right
direction for the Ontario healthcare system.”
Since its inception in 2004, the SIMS partners have worked on
integrating projects across all participating organizations, which
consist of acute, rehabilitation, community, complex continuing and
long-term care facilities.
The group has leveraged IM/IT as a key enabler for health system
improvement, increasing electronic charting capability, streamlining and
standardizing referral processes and improving the use of information to
support patient safety, better access to care and more optimal use of
The SIMS Partnership’s collective success and commitment to improve
patient care has benefitted each partner organization as well as the
broader healthcare system.
“Through SIMS, we worked together to improve and achieve the seamless
transition of care for clients across the healthcare field, securely
exchanging client information as needed between acute care, cancer care,
CCACs, long-term care facilities, community providers and rehab,” said
Camille Orridge, CEO of the Toronto Central Community Care Access
“As we have grown, we realized we needed a renewed structure to maintain
the momentum. The association continues on this path – meeting the needs
of our clients.”
Governance for the association will be provided by CEOs of all member
organizations and a selected Chair. The GTA HIC will continue to drive
high quality clinical and service collaboration and integration in the
GTA, enabled by the IM/IT expertise provided through the SIMS
Partnership and the resources of the other individual organizations.
To date, the association’s members include Bridgepoint Health, Central
Community Care Access Centre, Humber River Regional Hospital, North York
General Hospital, Providence Healthcare, St. John’s Rehab Hospital, St.
Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Health
Sciences Centre, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, Toronto
East General Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Trillium Health
Centre, University Health Network, West Park Healthcare Centre and
Women’s College Hospital.
Posted March 11, 2010