Celebrating Innovations In Health Care Expo 2010 Winners
Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2010 showcased some of the leading initiatives driving renewal of Ontario's health care system. The Expo presents an opportunity to share knowledge and generate the potential for new approaches to improve health care delivery for Ontario.
The 2010 Innovations in Health Care Awards recognized outstanding innovation in six categories that focused on the government's Excellent Care For All strategy to create a high quality, integrated health care system that improves access to care.
This year's winners are:
Theme: Improving Integration
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
The development of an electronic discharge summary system (eDischarge) is improving discharge planning and providing family doctors with electronically generated summaries that are standardized, have comprehensive content and are clear and easy to read.
Theme: Improving Patient/Resident Centredness
Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene
Tips and Tricks to Improve your Metabolic Health is making a difference for those who suffer from serious mental illness. Vulnerable clients often feel intimidated by mainstream services such as fitness clubs, weight management groups or health clinics. The development of services particularly geared to their needs provides a safe and accessible learning environment for them to move forward with improved health and wellness.
Theme: Improving Evidence-based Practice
Human Endeavour created Healthy Outcomes of Preventative Engagements (HOPE), a wellness and prevention program that works to prevent seniors from getting sick or hurt in the first place. Results indicate that the program has improved seniors' self-esteem, reduced stress and increased their physical stamina, which adds to their general well being and prevents unnecessary trips to the hospital, which helps reduce ER wait times.
Theme: Improving Access
The Hospital for Sick Children and Sudbury Regional Hospital
The Remote Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) screening pilot project is reducing the number of inter-hospital transfers of premature babies in remote areas where access to ophthalmologists with expertise in ROP is not available. Nurses are trained to take images that can be viewed remotely by expert ophthalmologists. Accurate diagnosis can be made without the infants leaving their hospital beds.
Theme: Improving Safety
The Hospital for Sick Children
The Transport Remote Access Care (TRAC) System is making it easier for medical teams to track the status of a sick baby as she/he is safely transported to the hospital from a remote location. The TRAC system provides the medical team with valuable vital signs and clinical data during the transport process, enhancing its ability to assess and treat the baby appropriately.
Theme: Improving Efficiency
Hamilton Health Sciences
The redesign of multi-site hospital Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Processes has improved efficiency and reduced costs through a centralized and standardized process for delivering TPN - or feeding a person intravenously - to neonatal, pediatric and adult patients across multiple hospital sites. Through improved methods and a coordinated effort across sites and stakeholder groups, this redesigned process has demonstrated increased value for money.