The first wave of Ontario Health Teams is being approved after an extensive readiness assessment process, which involved significant time, collaboration, research and effort from partners across the health care sector.
The Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team has been announced as one of the first 24 teams in Ontario to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care. Working together as partners, the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will build a quality-focused, equity-driven, outcomes-based, sustainable, health care system that will improve the well-being of all.
The provincial government says through the Cambridge North Dumfries Ontario Health Team, patients will experience easier transitions from one provider to another. The teams are tasked with organizing patient care and smoothing transition for patients from different care providers and services.
In a meeting today at the Bracebridge Fire Department, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka Norm Miller represented Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliot to announce the new health care program titled The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team (MAOHT). The team includes the Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Inner City Heather, among other organizations that were on board with the service.
CHEO submitted an application to become a child-centred Kids First health team with an early focus on children with complex care and mental health needs and Montfort Hospital is part of a group that submitted an application to become a francophone focused health team.
Who: The event is organized by the Ottawa Health Coalition and the Ontario Health Coalition with a local organizing committee including dozens of local organizations and community groups.
Elliott said integrating the several groups that participate in the LHIN's, will clear a large portion of the bureaucratic red tape.
"The tangible thing that's coming is intangible - collecting information about what we're doing really well in this region, where do we have space to improve, and bringing the sector stakeholders together to say, 'Well, if these are the areas we could improve in, are there ways we can work together and in our own sectors apart in trying to make those improvements?"
"Together, we've reached a major milestone in the journey to connect care and modernize the health care system", Thompson said. So, for now, LHINs will continue to be in charge of home care.
"By working together as a team, we believe we can do better at keeping people well and offering more seamless care when they need it".
Providing the right care in the right place: when patients need care, ensure that they receive it in the most appropriate setting, not always the hospital.
Integration and improved patient flow: better integrate care providers to ensure patients spend less time waiting in hospitals when they are ready to be discharged. Many health teams are led by hospitals, which are the biggest players.