In 2004, a group of Toronto-area health care organizations created a partnership to consolidate information management and technology (IM/IT) services. By 2009, Shared Information Management Services (SIMS) had grown from two partners to 17, spanning the acute, rehabilitation, complex continuing, long-term and community care sectors. In 2010, member CEOs evolved the governance structure to a more formal association model and a new name, the GTA Health Information Collaborative. A sub-set of the group that shares IM/IT resources and is led by an integrated Chief Information Officer continues under the SIMS Partnership name.
Over the years, the partners have worked together to increase electronic charting capability, streamline and standardize referral processes and improve the use of information to support patient safety, better access to care and more optimal use of health care resources. The group works on integrating projects, spanning the acute, rehabilitation, complex continuing, long-term and community care sectors.
Leveraging IM/IT for health system improvement.Moving forward, the SIMS Partnership continues to leverage IM/IT as a key enabler for health system improvement by focusing on enhancing patient outcomes and quality of care delivery; improving access to care across the continuum; and achieving greater efficiencies and economies of scale.
Throughout the entire process, consideration of privacy is at the forefront of our approach. For more information on our commitment to patients and clients privacy, visit our privacy section.