Ontario Renal Plan will drive change in health, accountability and value
for money in chronic kidney disease care
TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Cancer Care Ontario's (CCO) Ontario Renal
Network (ORN) has released Ontario's first-ever renal plan, a three
year plan focused on improving care for patients with chronic kidney
"The number of people living with chronic kidney disease risk factors in
Ontario is rising," said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care. "This plan will work to keep Ontarians healthy by helping to slow
the progression of CKD, while improving the quality of care and
treatment for current and future patients."
Areas targeted in the Ontario Renal Plan include: slowing the
progression of CKD, improving patient experience to have more control
over care; increasing healthy, functioning vascular access for
hemodialysis; and ensuring that capacity plans are adequate to meet
current and future needs.
"The Ontario Renal Plan was developed collaboratively with healthcare
providers across the province. It's based on input provided by
clinicians, policy experts, regional planners, and most importantly,
the people who use Ontario's CKD system," said Michael Sherar,
President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "The plan will guide us in
improving the life of every person with kidney disease in Ontario by
supporting excellent, evidence-based CKD patient care."
By 2015, the plan seeks to guide improvements in:
The experiences of CKD patients and their families at every stage of
their journey with knowledge and tools to manage their health in
collaboration with their care providers.
Early detection and prevention through appropriate screening, improved
partnerships between primary and specialty care providers and the
utilization of effective clinical tools.
Appropriate body access for peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis.
CKD infrastructure, which includes the needs for equipment, physical
space and human resources.
Research and innovation.
Patient-based funding that ensures better patient care throughout the
full patient journey and provides greater value for money for the
The Ontario Renal Plan provides provincial guidance to Ontario's
healthcare system: its implementation is regionally directed. CKD
programs will be showcasing the relationship between the provincial
plan and local implementation stories at a series of local events
throughout 2012. The first event is Thursday, June 7, 2012 at The
Read the full report at www.renalnetwork.on.ca
Cancer Care Ontario - an Ontario government agency - drives quality and
continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the
delivery of care and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney
disease and access to care for key health services. Known for its
innovation and results-driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system
planning, contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops
and deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards
and tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in
cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.
The Ontario Renal Network (ORN), part of Cancer Care Ontario, provides
overall leadership and strategic direction to effectively organize and
manage the delivery of renal services in Ontario in a consistent and
coordinated manner. Priorities include establishing consistent
standards and guidelines for renal care, planning for service delivery,
and putting in place information systems to measure performance.
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SOURCE Cancer Care Ontario
For further information:
Marko Perovic, Senior Public Affairs Advisor
Cancer Care Ontario