Hospitals in Ontario, Canada have implemented new digital imaging systems replacing the conventional film system as part of the Canadian province’s e-health strategy.

Through picture archiving and communications technology, all 148 hospitals in the province can now create and exchange filmless diagnostic images, including X-rays, CT scans and MRIs within their organisations.

eHealth Ontario president and CEO Ron Sapsford said that the technology would allow physicians to diagnose and evaluate diagnostic imaging tests from anywhere within the diagnostic imaging repository system.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, eHealth Ontario and all hospitals in the province have invested $280m in the diagnostic imaging initiative.

The initiative aims to build an electronic health records for all residents of Ontario by 2015.