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The Ontario government is taking steps to better detect, plan and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. In consultation with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner, the province is developing a new health data platform called the Pandemic Threat Response (PANTHR). This new platform will hold secure health data that will allow researchers to better support health system planning and responsiveness, including the immediate need to analyze the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Better access to integrated data will improve modeling and research to determine how COVID-19 is evolving, ensuring frontline staff are as prepared as possible in these unprecedented times, ”said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While access to data is important, we are taking all measures to ensure patient privacy is always respected and Ontarians are aware of how anonymized information may be shared.”

Ontario will appoint a PANTHR special advisor and form a roundtable to provide recommendations about the data and policies to support and help overcome barriers while developing this platform.

The information gathered in the secure platform 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.

“Integrating data from across the province will allow us to effectively leverage tools, like artificial intelligence, to better understand this virus, how it spreads and the most effective means of combatting it,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. “These key insights will mean our world-class health system partners have secure access to better and more consistent population data, improving decision-making in health care and aiding our efforts to beat COVID-19. The health and safety of Ontarians remains our singular focus – this is another measure that will allow us to continue to deliver on that commitment. ”

When launched, PANTHR will provide access to de-identified, integrated data on publicly funded administrative health services records, including:

  • Physician claims submitted to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP);
  • Medical drug claims submitted to the Ontario Drug Benefit Program;
  • Discharge summaries of hospital stays and emergency department visits; and
  • Claims for home care and long-term care.

PANTHR will also contain clinical data from special registry collections, such as the Critical Care Information System (CCIS), which reports on critical care capacity in the province, and clinical data extracted from public health, hospital, laboratory and diagnostic imaging information systems. Other supporting data may also be added based on needs of researchers in achieving COVID-19 objectives.

Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19 or to take a self assessment.

The Ontario government is taking action to improve the detection, planning and response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In consultation with the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the province is creating a new health data platform called PANTHR. This new platform will store secure health data that will allow researchers to better support health system planning and response, including the immediate need to analyze the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“Better access to integrated data will improve modeling and research to determine how COVID-19 is evolving, ensuring that frontline staff are as prepared as possible during this unprecedented period,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health. While access to data is important, we do everything we can to ensure that patient privacy is always respected and that the people of Ontario are aware of how anonymized information can be shared. “

Ontario will appoint a special advisor to the PANTHR platform and set up a round table to make recommendations on data and policies to help remove barriers during the development of this platform.

The information gathered in the secure platform will help break down long-standing barriers and allow researchers to make progress in the following areas:

  • increase the detection of COVID-19;
  • discover the risk factors for vulnerable populations;
  • predict when and where outbreaks can occur;
  • assess how prevention and treatment measures work;
  • identify where to distribute equipment and other resources.

“Integrating data across the province will allow us to effectively leverage tools, such as artificial intelligence, to better understand this virus, how it spreads and the most effective ways to combat it.” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. These very important observations will mean that partners in our world-class health system have secure access to better, more consistent population data, which will improve health care decision-making and support our efforts to come to end of COVID-19. The health and safety of the people of Ontario remains our primary focus – another measure that will allow us to continue to fulfill this commitment. “

When launched, the PANTHR platform will provide access to anonymized and integrated data from administrative registers of health services financed by public funds, in particular:

  • physician payment requests to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (Health Insurance);
  • drug claims submitted to the Ontario Drug Benefit Program;
  • discharge summaries of hospital stays and emergency department visits;
  • home care and long-term care claims.

The PANTHR platform will also contain clinical data from special registries, such as the Critical Care Information System (SISMPC), which reports on capacity for care of the critically ill, and clinical data extracted from public health information systems, hospitals, laboratories and diagnostic imaging services. Other related data can also be added as needed by researchers to meet COVID-19 objectives.

Visit the Ontario website for more information on how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19, or to take a self-assessment.

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