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Digital health strategy trumpeted

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliiott said in about two years, patients will be able to book more appointments online and review their own electronic health records.

She said the government is adopting a digital-first health strategy, which is expected to be fully implemented in 2021-22.

Elliott said the strategy also includes using more video visits with health-care professionals and giving providers better access to patient records that are in multiple locations.

She said patients will be able to go online to book appointments that work best for them, and review their secure health record online.

Ontario Health Teams, which will be the central part of a new care co-ordination system, will be able to collect, share and use information to provide better care.

Elliott said that will mean patients don't have to re-tell their health stories, but pledges the Personal Health Information Protection Act will also be strengthened.

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