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March 3, 2009

Electronic Child Health Network celebrates 10th birthday at SickKids

On March 2, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) hosted a unique birthday party in recognition of the electronic Child Health Network (eCHN). David Caplan, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, joined in the celebration of the 10th birthday of Canada’s first province-wide integrated electronic patient record system.

“Ten years is a lifetime when you’re talking about technology,” said Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids. “The speed of evolution in technology has been astounding.”

eCHN was created in 1999 to facilitate the sharing of children’s health records electronically. This meant that every time a child was transferred from one hospital to another, a consolidated version of their chart would be available in the other hospital, Haddad explained.

Photo of the celebration for the 10th birthday of eCHN
From left: Dr. Alan Hudak (Paediatrician, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital), The Honourable David Caplan (Minister of Health and Long-Term Care), Mary Jo Haddad (President and CEO, SickKids) and Andrew Szende (President and CEO, eCHN) prepare to cut the eCHN birthday cake.

Over the past 10 years, the network has reduced the need for patient and family travel, duplication of tests and assessments and demand for repeat information by parents and patients. It has also enhanced access to information and better information sharing among peers.

The province-wide network now includes more than 100 hospital sites, as well as other health-care facilities.

“eCHN has made the dream of e-health a reality,” said Caplan. He noted that over the past 10 years, eCHN has grown from a network of only five sites (including SickKids), expanding across the province to include nearly all young patients in Ontario. eCHN “means better health care for the nearly three million paediatric patients in the province of Ontario,” he said.

For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Gold
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 2059
email: suzanne.gold@sickkids.ca