Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services. As the government’s cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer, and make sure patients receive better care every step of the way.
Cancer Care Ontario created the first comprehensive provincial cancer services and cancer control plan in 2004, the Ontario Cancer Plan. The first of its kind in Canada, the Ontario Cancer Plan is a roadmap for how Cancer Care Ontario, healthcare professionals and organizations, cancer experts and the provincial government will work together to reduce the risk of Ontarians developing cancer while improving the quality of care and treatment for current and future patients.
Two complementary provincial strategies underpin the Ontario Cancer Plan: Targeting Cancer: An Action Plan for Cancer Prevention and Detection (Cancer 2020), the province’s cancer prevention action plan, and the Information Management/Information Technology Strategic Plan.
Ontario Cancer Plan
Our third cancer plan, Ontario Cancer Plan 2011-2015 (OCP III) was released in November 2010. OCP III builds on our demonstrated progress and achievements. While consistent with those in the previous cancer plan, our goals have been refined based on our experience to date in order to meet emerging challenges and continue improving the system. To move us closer to realizing these goals, six strategic priorities have been identified for 2011–2015.
- Help Ontarians lessen their risk of developing cancer.
- Reduce the impact of cancer through effective screening and early detection.
- Ensure timely access to accurate diagnosis and safe, high-quality care.
- Improve the patient experience along every step of the cancer journey.
- Improve the performance of Ontario’s cancer system.
- Strengthen Ontario’s ability to improve cancer control through research.
Cancer 2020 is a comprehensive action plan aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality in Ontario by the year 2020. These objectives will be achieved through increased efforts in two areas: cancer prevention and early detection.
Cancer 2020 focuses on key areas such as diet and nutrition, healthy body weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, ultraviolet radiation, tobacco use reduction, exposure to environmental and occupational carcinogens, and screening.
2011-2015 Information Strategy
CCO’s information management and technology work is guided by our
2011–2015 Information Strategy, which will be implemented concurrently
with the 2011-2015 Cancer Plan.
The Information Strategy sets out how our
expertise in technology deployment and adoption, project and program
management, data quality, business intelligence, analytics and reporting
supports the Ontario Cancer Plan and the work we do to improve
performance for chronic kidney disease and under the Government of
Ontario’s Access to Care Strategy. The Information Strategy ensures appropriate, cost-effective use of information and technology – delivering value for money.