This innovative practice addresses the issue of performance measurement by reporting on nine indictors related to wait times and breast screening. Launced in Nova Scotia in 2010, results are provided to the public via the provincial wait times website.
This innovative practice addresses the need to support the exchange and collaboration of personal health information (PHI) between dental providers. Launched at the end of 2012, all dentists in Canada now have access to a standardized referral and consultation platform to exchange PHI.
This innovative practice addresses the need for health care professionals across Canada to deliver the most efficient models of care (MoCs) for musculoskeletal (MSK) patients. The working group was launched in 2011 with the purpose of determining the importance and applicability of MoCs in treating MSK conditions and then to devise a strategic framework that is both evidence-based and consensus-based.
This innovative practice addresses the fragmentation of osteoarthritis services for non-operative patients. It was launched in 2006 in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and since has been implemented in Richmond and North Shore as well.
This innovative practice addresses the issue of access to appropriate and timely rheumatology care through effective coordination between health care through central referral and intake. This program was launched in 2006 across the Calgary Health Region.
This innovative practice consisted of several projects all aimed at facilitating a seamless patient experience through better collaboration between health care providers. Launched in April 2010 in two health authorities in British Columbia, the core of initiatives are to strengthen relationships between family practitioners (FPs) and specialists to ensure that referrals are timelier and to avoid duplicating effort and resource utilization.
This innovative practice aims to increase medical training in screening methods, establish spine centres dedicated to effective screening of lower spine pathologies, and develop a system to offer appropriate management resources for lower back pain and injuries. Launched by the government of Saskatchewan in 2009, the end goals of this initiative are to provide appropriate patient care to those with lower back pain and injuries and to increase the amount of time available for specialists to perform other much-needed spinal surgeries.
This innovative practice addresses supported housing and emergency shelter residents’ overall health by delivering clinical services on-site, improve residents’ access to health services, create a strong partnership model in delivering health services, and reduce non-urgent hospital emergency department visits. Implemented in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority since 2007, the program targets individuals who are chronically homeless, live chaotic lifestyles, and have multiple chronic health conditions, including mental health conditions and addiction.
This innovative practices facilitates the successful transition of patients from pediatric to adult care involves the provision of uninterrupted, coordinated, developmentally appropriate, and psychologically sound health care. In June 2011, the British Columbia Medical Association’s (BCMA) Council on Health Economics and Policy approved a project on youth transition in BC.
This innovative practice addreses the need to fundamentally transform the way hospitals deliver health care in order to improve patient flow, given that the organization was being confronted with an increased acuity of patients in the health care system. Launched in Providence Healthcare in Ontario, the project’s aim was to create a new model for improved patient flow that would in turn also improve quality of care. Improvements are focused on managing two transitions in a patient’s journey to wellness: the transfer from an acute care hospital to the Providence in-patient rehabilitation care, and the transfer from in-patient to home with outpatient clinic support.