STRATFORD, ON, April 28 /CNW/ - Health care leaders from across the
South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) gathered here today
to hear how quality and innovation can further efforts to put patients
and clients first.
More than 500 local health care providers, governors and other leaders
attended the South West LHIN's first annual Quality Symposium that
featured keynote speakers Jim Easton, National Director for
Improvement and Efficiency at the United Kingdom National Health
Service; Steven Lewis, health policy and research consultant and
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the University of Calgary and
Simon Fraser University and The Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario's
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Examples of quality and innovation already in place throughout the South
West LHIN were also showcased, including the Flo Collaborative (which
helps patients better navigate the health care system), One Number -
Patient Access and Flow (enabling access to the right level of acute
care services at the right time), and Residents First, a program to
help long-term care residents achieve the highest possible quality of
life in their senior years.
A key principle from the event is the notion that driving improvements
in health care quality will -- in addition to its direct benefits --
help the LHIN achieve a more unified system of care. As well, a focus
on quality will improve system sustainability, saving resources by
improving care delivery and population health. Quality as a lever for
change aligns with provincial priorities and encourages new ways of
collaborating and ensuring accountability.
Going forward, the South West LHIN will be using quality as a driver of
change in the system by:
Focusing on the delivery of person-centred care by ensuring that the
needs of individuals and families are central to the care delivery
Prompting health service providers to enact change, ideally in
partnership with other partners; and,
Spreading best practices to improve outcomes and to support heightened
integration and collaboration.
"Our health system is one of the best in the world, yet there is always
room for improvement. Delivering 'more with less' has become a global
mantra from the manufacturing floor to the operating room - but 'more
with less' cannot come at the expense of quality," says Jeff Low, South
West LHIN Board Chair.
"I am very pleased to see so many of our partners embracing the quality
and innovation agenda. By building on past successes and continuing our
work together, we will achieve a more unified system of care that puts
patients/clients/residents first," says Michael Barrett, South West
LHIN Chief Executive Officer.
Presentations from the symposium are available at www.southwestlhin.on.ca . In coming days, videos from each of the sessions will also be posted
on the website and streamed from the LHIN's You Tube channel.
The South West Local LHIN is a crown agency responsible for the
planning, integration and funding of nearly 200 health service
providers including hospitals, long-term care homes, mental health and
addictions agencies, community support services, community health
centres, and the South West Community Care Access Centre.
The South West LHIN covers an area from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula
and is home to almost one million people.
To learn more about the LHIN, visit the website at www.southwestlhin.on.ca or check our our You Tube page
SOURCE South West Local Health Integration Network
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