600 docs now part of Ontario’s
TORONTO – About 600 Ontario doctors are now aboard the OntarioMD
physician IT program, which provides funding and support
services for the acquisition and operation of clinical information
systems in physician practices. The program, which was originally funded with
$130 million, has now committed $19 million to the participants. The
funds will be paid out over a three-year period.
Brian Forster, chief operating officer for OntarioMD, said 3,200
physicians are expected to participate in the physician IT program in
the current three-year period (which has been active for about one
As well, the OntarioMD web portal has gone live, with approximately
2,000 physicians having signed on for the service. It provided access to
peer-reviewed journals and also offers secure e-mail through Smart
Systems for Health Agency (SSHA).
The resources available on the web portal include:
• MD Consult
• Ovid MEDLINE
• SKOLAR MD
• Epocrates MedTools
OntarioMD, which has occupied offices on King Street W. in Toronto, will
move in June to the Ontario Medical Association headquarters, located on
A new board of directors for OntarioMD was appointed earlier this year.