SIMS adds four healthcare
COTA Health, North York General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and
Toronto East General Hospital have teamed up to
Information Management Services (SIMS), an information management and
technology (IM/IT) group that now includes 13 Toronto-area healthcare
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.
“As an organization that truly believes patients need a continuity of
care and service, from both inside and outside our walls, we are happy
to participate in a partnership that will help facilitate this process,”
says Bonnie Adamson (pictured), President and
CEO, North York General Hospital. “We look forward to working together
with SIMS to share information across the healthcare system, and in the
end do what’s best for patients.”
Other members of the partnership include Bridgepoint Health, Central
Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), Providence Healthcare, St. John’s
Rehab Hospital, Toronto Central CCAC, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,
University Health Network, West Park Healthcare Centre and Woman’s
College Hospital. Each organization is involved with integrating
projects across the entire collaboration.
“We look forward to collaborating with our SIMS partners to maximize
technology as a lever for further enhancing the continuity, integration,
safety and quality of care we collectively provide to our patients,”
says Rob Devitt, Toronto East General Hospital’s President and CEO.
“This partnership supports our hospital’s commitment to wisely and
innovatively steward healthcare resources to achieve the highest
standard of patient care.”
The addition of the four new organizations represents an intriguing
impact on the direction of SIMS. North York General Hospital, St.
Joseph’s Health Centre and Toronto East General Hospital adds
substantially to the group’s impact and reach within the acute care
sector, while COTA Health is the group’s first foray deep into the
provision of care in the community.
“To date, our work through the CCACs has been up to the point of
commissioning the work and reporting back to the organization,” says
Matthew Anderson, CIO of the SIMS Partnership. “COTA Health helps bring
technology into the home and right to the client. This is an extremely
unique opportunity as, combined with North York General, St. Joseph’s,
Toronto East General and our current partners, we have truly expanded to
touch virtually every sector in healthcare.”
With similar values and a relationship founded on trust, all 13
organizations commit to identifying, planning and implementing IM/IT
initiatives that will contribute to a coordinated
healthcare delivery system.
Shared initiatives may extend beyond IM/IT implementations to include
process and quality improvement, shared care delivery programs and
safety initiatives. The common element is the enhancement of information
utilization between the partnering organizations to support the
continuity of care within the context of client/patient transitions.
“St. Joseph’s is committed to innovation and clinical excellence.
Joining SIMS enhances our work to improve access and flow, patient
safety and integrated, coordinated healthcare service delivery,”
explains Carolyn Baker, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
“This partnership provides us with an opportunity to collaborate with
other healthcare organizations to improve referral processes and chronic
disease management systems while also furthering stewardship of our
COTA Health will participate in SIMS in a similar fashion to the
majority of the partners, with SIMS becoming their internal IT
department. North York General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and
Toronto East General Hospital have mature internal IT departments that
SIMS will work with to implement shared projects.
“We are very excited to join the partnership,” says Patricia (Trish)
Barbato, President and Chief Executive Officer, COTA Health. “This
partnership will assist us in pursuing key strategic objectives related
to information management and technology that will support the provision
of high quality service to our clients.”
Together through SIMS, these 13 organizations are transforming the way
healthcare is delivered.
COTA Health is an accredited, not-for-profit health and social services
organization serving in seven of fourteen LHINs. We provide
community-based rehabilitation, mental health and support services to
over 36,000 clients annually. Established in 1973, COTA Health delivers
services through its dedicated team of nearly 600 service providers and
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto,
is one of Canada’s leading community teaching hospitals. We offer our
culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and
long-term care services across four sites. The hospital embraces health
by providing innovative and compassionate care for the whole person
throughout all stages of life.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto is a full-service acute care
community teaching hospital in the Catholic tradition, providing
services in Southwest Toronto. With a vision to be Canada’s Best
Community Teaching Hospital, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the
University of Toronto, and is acknowledged for its commitment to
community engagement and linkage that enables the delivery of
outstanding quality and service to its diverse communities.
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) is a large, urban, full-service
community teaching hospital that has proudly served the diverse,
multi-cultural population of South East Toronto for 78 years. TEGH
provides a full range of primary and secondary acute care services, as
well as complex continuing care, and is a respected teaching partner of
the University of Toronto and other educational institutions. TEGH is
committed to achieving the highest standards of patient care, teaching,
innovation, community partnership and accountability: Above all, we