The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will contract with San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. to provide a Web-based subscription service designed to help healthcare organizations monitor, assess and improve performance in the operating room. The OR Benchmarks Collaborative, expected to provide better access to care and reduce wait times, will be connected to 80 hospitals and 14 local health information integration networks in the province of Ontario. The data transmitted by the healthcare organizations will be analyzed to support Ontario's "wait-time strategy," a government plan to improve services in five areas: cancer surgery, cardiac procedures, cataract surgery, hip and knee replacements and MRI and CT scans.
The plan is to "reduce lag time between the decision point for surgery and the actual surgery date," said Hugh MacLeod, assistant deputy minister of the Health System Accountability and Performance Division. The program is expected to identify root causes for delay and signal opportunities for improvement, officials said.