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McGuinty quiet on eHealth completion

It’s no longer certain whether health records will be online in Ontarioby the deadline of 2015, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday.

It’s no longer certain whether health records will be online in Ontario by the deadline of 2015, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday.

McGuinty has asked new Health Minister Deb Matthews to take a “long, hard, cold, analytical look” at where things are at with electronic health records and to be honest about timelines.

Matthews, McGuinty said, must “take into account the auditor’s impartial advice, take into account what we’ve been able to do ... and let’s be honest with ourselves and with Ontarians about our capacity to get that 2015 target.”

The government is currently working to implement the recommendations of a scathing auditor general’s report on eHealth.

EHealth was set up last year to create electronic health records after the first provincial agency given that task, Smart Systems for Health, spent $650 million but failed to produce anything of lasting value before it was quietly shut down last September.

 
 
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