The South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT), Digital Health and Innovation Team, under the leadership of Dr. James Lane, received a 2022 OntarioMD (OMD) Luminary Award. The award recognizes individuals and teams that demonstrate leadership and innovation in the use of digital and virtual health care tools.
“Digital health is a key priority for the SGB OHT because it allows patients and caregivers to access online tools enabling them to feel more connected and have improved access and quality of health and social service care,” says Dr. James Lane, family physician and SGB OHT Digital Lead. “It also allows health service providers to streamline their workflow, enables easier access to information when and where they need it, and is a more efficient way of delivering services.”
The SGB OHT is one the first OHTs to improve patient care through offering virtual visits, online booking, messaging and eReferral using an integrated solution embedded into Electronic Medical Records (EMR) to benefit patients and ease administrative burdens on health service provider practices.
“For almost 20 years, OMD has supported thousands of clinicians and their staff to help reduce their digital burden and realize more benefits from EMRs and digital tools. We have been seeing the positive results of the efforts of Ontario clinicians and their successes should be celebrated so they can be an inspiration to others,” says Robert Fox, CEO, OMD. “These tireless champions of digital health have overcome challenges and have persevered to leverage digital health to complement the individual ways they practice or have helped other practices use digital health effectively. They are like beacons shining a light on the importance of digital health for the enhancement of patient care living up to the Luminary name.”