Toronto-based health IT network
TORONTO – The Shared Information Management Services (SIMS) has now
become a nine-member partnership with the recent addition of Women’s
College Hospital and Providence Healthcare. SIMS is the name of the
information management and technology (IM/IT) group that is shared
between nine healthcare organizations, spanning family physician
practices, hospitals, rehabilitation institutes and home care agencies.
The group works on integrating projects across the entire partnership,
including confidentially sharing patient information online to help
improve referrals, enhance patient safety through the elimination of
transcription errors and reduce the amount of time patients have to wait
to receive services.
For its part, Women’s College Hospital is an academic teaching hospital
in downtown Toronto, while 17 kilometres away, Providence Healthcare
provides rehabilitation and complex continuing care, long-term care and
community programming. Through the power of technology, the two
organizations are connecting as the newest members to join the Shared
Information Management Services (SIMS) Partnership.
“Providence Healthcare is excited by the possibilities and the potential
available to us through our partnership in SIMS,” said Mary Beth
Montcalm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Providence Healthcare.
“The strength and resources available through the SIMS Partnership will
allow us to pursue leading-edge information management technology for
the benefit of all patients throughout the system, in a way that would
not otherwise be possible for us. This is a win-win situation for
healthcare organizations and for the people who come to us for care.”
of the partnership include Bridgepoint Health, North York Community Care
Access Centre, St. John’s Rehab Hospital, Toronto Community Care Access
Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network and
West Park Healthcare Centre. Each organization is involved with
integrating projects across the entire collaboration.
“For Women’s College Hospital, joining SIMS is an important step forward
in realizing our future as an academic ambulatory hospital,” said Marian
Walsh, Interim President and CEO. “Seamless linkages between various
parts of the continuum of care are needed to improve the healthcare
experience for both patients and providers. With SIMS, the healthcare
system has the opportunity to become truly integrated for the first
At few other places does health information technology move so rapidly,
interconnect so strongly or touch so many lives. SIMS is facing the
challenges of healthcare head on by continually finding ways to improve
the patient experience through the use of advanced technology.
“At the end of the day, SIMS is not about information technology,” said
Matthew Anderson (pictured above), Chief
Information Officer, SIMS Partnership. “It’s about change.”
Together through SIMS, these nine organizations are transforming the way
healthcare is delivered.