Rahm Emanuel, the former Mayor of Chicago, once stated, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

It has been said that if Ontario had implemented the recommendations forwarded by the SARS Commission in 2006, our response to COVID-19 would have been much more proactive and successful.

Ron Kaczorowski’s article is a compelling and clarion call for “meaningful and measurable change in healthcare.” Not only does he spell out the reasons for this, but he also highlights the roadmap of critical components to implement necessary improvements to the healthcare system.

Goals need to be set; leadership has to be strong and focused; people must buy in to making necessary adjustments, and technology should be harnessed to accelerate the process.

Following Ron’s prescriptions, we will definitely be much better prepared for the next, inevitable pandemic.