North York General Hospital (NYGH) is the first acute care hospital in Canada to be presented with the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Only about 50 hospitals around the world are recipients of this award by the Health Information Management Systems Society, known as HIMSS.
NYGH was awarded this distinction for its eCare initiative, a multi-year, hospital-wide health care information technology (IT) transformation strategy.
On February 1, 2017, NYGH staff, physicians and volunteers were joined by partners and stakeholders along with the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and the hospital's two local members of provincial parliament, the Honourable Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East, and the Minister of Children and Youth Services, as well as the Minister responsible for Anti-Racism, and the Honourable David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale, and the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, to celebrate this significant achievement.
NYGH collaborated with partners to design and implement innovative health care IT that improves care and patient safety. eCare has prevented errors, saved lives, and improved efficiency and is now deployed in all inpatient areas of the hospital.
Pictured: The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins (second from left), Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, listens intensely as Dr. Ronik Kanani, Chief of Paediatrics and Medical Director of the Child and Teen Program (seated), gives a demonstration of eCare in NYGH's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Also participating in the event were the Honourable David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale and Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, (far left); the Honourable Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism (on left at back); and Wayne Samuels, Vice President, Business Development, Canada Health Infoway (on right at back).