In April 2008, the government announced that its two top health care priorities for the next 4 years would be :
Reporting the time patients spend in the ER is an important part of the Ontario government’s commitment to being open and accountable about how well we are doing in achieving our two top health care priorities.
Hospitals report on the maximum amount of time in which 9 out of 10 patients completed their ER visit. The time the patient left the ER minus triage or registration time (whichever happens first) equals time spent in the ER.
As of March 1, 2010, 128 Ontario hospitals are using the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s Level 1 National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (Level 1 NACRS) to collect information on how long patients spend in Ontario’s ERs. The information covers about 90 per cent of emergency room visits in the province.
The Level 1 NACRS, CIHI information will help both patients and the health care system:
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care updates the information on this website on the second last business day of every month.
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