Quality Care in the North East LHIN

Quality is an integral part of the NE LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan 2016-2019.

For the NE LHIN, equity in health care means that everyone has access to the same high standard of care no matter where they live, what they earn, or what language they speak. The ultimate goal of aligning the NE LHIN quality agenda with the needs of Northerners is to create a culture of quality that enables improved patient outcomes and health care experience.

The NE LHIN is working to improve the overall health status of Northerners through work on quality initiatives with representatives from all LHIN-funded sectors, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Health Quality Ontario, Ontario Hospital Association, front-line providers, and patients and caregivers.

Coming Soon: New Confidential Report for Orthopaedic Surgeons with Opioid Prescribing Data

Orthopaedic surgeons can sign up to receive a new, confidential report about their post-operative opioid prescribing patterns from Health Quality Ontario.

In addition to personalized data about opioid prescribing for patients who have been discharged from hospital following hip and knee replacement surgery, orthopaedic surgeons can view their prescribing patterns in relation to peers across the province and find suggestions and tools to improve care. Plus, the report can be used toward the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Maintenance of Certification program.

Sign up by December 31, 2018 to receive your first report in Spring 2019: http://www.hqontario.ca/Quality-Improvement/Guides-Tools-and-Practice-Reports/Orthopaedic-Surgery

If you have any questions, please contact: PracticeReport@hqontario.ca.

The MyPractice Orthopaedic Surgery report was developed by Health Quality Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in consultation with orthopaedic surgeons, anesthesiologists and scientists/researchers.

It is part of Health Quality Ontario’s provincial strategy to support quality improvement in surgery, which includes other tools like the Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network.

NEW Quality Health Standards from Health Quality Ontario

Introducing the IDEAS QI Primer

 

The IDEAS QI Primer is 3-4 hours of self-paced, interactive, online learning.  Participants will observe a healthcare improvement project and understand foundational quality improvement (QI) tools and concepts.

After completing the IDEAS QI Primer, participants will gain an awareness of:

  • Principles of quality improvement for healthcare.
  • Quality improvement aims in accordance with the Model for Improvement (MFI).
  • Sources of the change ideas and the application of PDSA in accordance with the MFI.
  • The application of measurement in accordance with the MFI.
  • Roles on a quality improvement project team.

For more information, click here.

Northern Ontario Health Equity Strategy

The Northern Ontario Health Equity Strategy has been developed to identify the greatest health disparities and help remove barriers. Informed and inspired by an in-depth multi-faceted engagement process with individuals representing nearly 150 organizations and more than 300 participants in the North, the Strategy sets out key actions for change. These actions will develop planning at the regional level to help support locally-appropriate approaches to improving health equity for communities across Northern Ontario. Click here to read the strategy.

From Inspiration to Action Forum - November 16, 2017

On Thursday November 16th, the North East LHIN and Health Quality Ontario hosted an evening to celebrate ideas that have helped to change the delivery of quality care across Northeastern Ontario. The first INSPIRATION to ACTION forum was an opportunity to share and celebrate the stories of innovators in the health care field and learn about how they grew ideas into lasting system changes.

For those who were unable to attend the event in person, a video of the forum’s proceedings is available! Get inspired by the great ideas and by the people who are creating change to improve quality care in northeastern Ontario. The approximate timings for the forum’s presenting speakers are listed below:

  • Dr. Joshua Tepper, Health Quality Ontario (0:07)
  • Dr. Amanda Hey, Northeast Cancer Centre (16:10)
  • Dr. Yves Raymond, Timmins Family Health Team (38:00)
  • Mariette Sutherland, Sudbury and District Health Unit (1:02:58)
 

North East Quality Matters Newsletter

To improve patient outcomes and health care experience, the North East LHIN wants you to be part of a North East quality network that is informed of best practices in quality health care. This newsletter, along with materials found on our website, will help keep you informed of NE LHIN and HQO efforts on this priority.

NE LHIN Regional Quality Table

Through the establishment of a Regional Quality Table, HQO and the NE LHIN are collaborating to advance clinical quality in a coordinated way that supports improvement to patient care. Dr. Dhatt will chair the NE LHIN Regional Quality Table.

The Regional Quality Table will focus on quality challenges and initiatives. It will align regional and provincial strategic directions and will play an instrumental role in implementing quality plans that drive both system improvements and patient’s health care experience. Click here for a list of Regional Quality Table members.

For information, please contact Jennifer Osesky, NE LHIN Quality Lead Officer, at jenn.osesky@lhins.on.ca or 705-910-0437.

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