Why is architecture necessary?
Enterprise architecture is a comprehensive framework for managing and aligning our IT assets, operations, projects and people with operational characteristics. It ensures alignment between business vision and IT strategy and defines how information and technology supports and benefits the business.
It brings standardization, modernization and consolidation of technologies that help to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
It enables technology that is secure by design and supports application development, while lowering development costs and improving time to market (TTM) for business solutions.
How does our architecture help our partners?
Cancer Care Ontario is an organization that needs to connect with many of Ontario’s various health care organizations to support cancer, renal and access to care services. Our systems enable the flow of data that help drive the quality, access and timelessness of those services to the citizens of Ontario. For example, specific patient information submitted by a hospital to the Provincial Wait Time Information System is confirmed using eHealth Ontario's enterprise master patient index (EMPI) system.
We have designed our future state architecture and tactical plans that take into account the implementation of regional and provincial health information access layers (HIAL) as robust and scalable methods for interconnectivity that can be leveraged to provide valuable services to our partners in the healthcare system.
In 2011, we developed our architecture blueprint, mapping the organization's architecture, describing in detail our blueprint for technology, our current state and any gaps to be assessed and addressed to meet the objectives of the Ontario Cancer Plan 2015, the Ontario Renal Plan, Corporate Strategy, and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Access to Care Strategy.
Enterprise Architecture Blueprint
Provides a comprehensive framework for managing and aligning our IT assets, operations, projects and people with operational characteristics.
Ensures alignment between our vision and our IT strategy
Defines how our technology supports and enables linkages with our health care partners
Provides the reference model for information system infrastructure and applications while establishing a common vocabulary across our services and systems
Identifies standards and guidelines that lead to inter-operability between applications and portability of components reducing cost through the use of common services