Latest Updates on the Ontario Health Data Platform

June 4, 2020, Toronto: The Ontario government has announced the appointment of Dr.Jane Philpott as the Special Advisor to support the development of the new Ontario Health Data Platform. The platform will help contain anonymized health data to help researchers and health system partners to better detect, plan and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Ontario Health Data Platform is being developed in consultation with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner. The information gathered will help break down long-standing barriers and allow researchers to help with:

  • Increasing detection of COVID-19;
  • Discovering risk factors for vulnerable populations;
  • Predicting when and where outbreaks may happen;
  • Evaluating how preventative and treatment measures are working; and
  • Identifying where to allocate equipment and other resources.

As special advisor, Dr. Philpott will also chair the Joint Ministers’ Roundtable and provide recommendations to the Minister of Health and the President of the Treasury Board. The members of the Joint Ministers’ Roundtable include public health, research, privacy and clinical experts. Together, they will provide strong proactive leadership to ensure data is used in a privacy-protected way. The roundtable will participate in a consultation forum that will inform the development of the platform.

To read the official announcement, please click here.

To know more about the platform, please click here.