19 August 2020 – New physician scheduling system adopted

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Finance policy and financial aid; Financial aid to health services; Research and development
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. 

Overview: The Ontario government is investing $149,200 from the Ontario Together fund in MetricAid’s physician scheduling solution. MetricAid is a Northern Ontario-based company that develops innovative solutions for healthcare technology and service providers. They have created a full-service scheduling solution that can be used by physicians throughout Canada, helping them link their availability and expertise with hospitals and clinics while reducing administrative burden. This promotes a focus on patients and care, will assist with improving patient wait times, and will promote optimal shift distributions for physicians.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58052/ontario-invests-in-made-in-ontario-physician-scheduling-technology-in-the-fight-against-covid-19

Type of Justification: No justification given
Evidence/Justification: There is little justification provided for this investment. It is explained that this investment into physician scheduling technology will support safe reopening and recovery of the province.