South West LHIN and the South West Community Care Access Centre announce the launch of Partnerships for Health - A Diabetes Prevention and Management Demonstration Project



    LONDON, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Diabetes is a serious and growing problem.
Six per cent of Ontarians have the disease, which contributes to heart
disease, stroke and amputation. Some 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Yet nine out of ten cases of adult-onset diabetes can be prevented with proper
diet and lifestyle.
    It is facts like these that underpin a new pilot project in southwestern
Ontario, Partnerships for Health, designed to provide better care for patients
who have diabetes or may be at risk of developing the disease. This innovative
project is being launched with the full support and funding from the Ontario
Ministry of Finance's Strengthening Our Partnerships program, in partnership
with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
    "We know that diabetes is a growing problem," says Sandra Coleman,
Executive Director of the South West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). "We
also know that the right care at the right time can help prevent diabetes or
avoid serious complications. Working together in new ways, we can make a real
difference."
    The demonstration project will bring together primary care providers, the
CCAC, the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), local hospitals,
diabetes education programs, diabetes specialists and the Thames Valley Family
Practice Research Unit to develop, test and evaluate new approaches to care.
There are three key elements to the plan:
    
    -   Stronger partnerships between family doctors, CCAC case managers and
        other health care providers to support people with diabetes
    -   Resources to empower and support patients in managing their own
        diabetes
    -   Information Technology systems to support communication and
        integration among primary health care providers, specialists,
        hospitals and patients.
    

    Kim VanWyk RN is administrative lead for the project at the Clinton
Family Health Team, one of three currently involved in the project. "We are
very excited to be part of this," she says. "Common algorithms, more
continuity of care, and a team-based approach will mean better care for all
patients," she says. "This is a great opportunity for our Family Health Team
to learn from our CCAC partners and others who are more experienced in working
as part of a care team."
    The project will be carefully evaluated and if successful, will provide a
model for other chronic diseases. "This is a very promising part of the
Ministry's overall strategy to transform health care in Ontario," says Kelly
Gillis, Senior Director Planning, Integration and Community Engagement, South
West LHIN. "Through this project, the South West LHIN will have a real impact
on how care is delivered across Ontario and beyond."
    "This project is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when there
is inter-ministerial collaboration and a willingness among health service
providers to put the needs of the people in our communities above all else,"
says Carol Mitchell, MPP Huron Bruce. "I am particularly pleased that health
care providers in this riding have the opportunity to help shape the future of
health care in Ontario."


    Backgrounder

    South West LHIN and the South West Community Care Access Centre announce
    the launch of Partnerships for Health - A Diabetes Prevention and
    Management Demonstration Project

    The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the South West
Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) have announced a new three-year pilot
project in southwestern Ontario, Partnerships for Health, designed to provide
better care for patients who have diabetes or may be at risk of developing the
disease This innovative project is being launched with the full support and
funding from the Ministry of Finance's Strengthening Our Partnerships program,
in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. This project
represents an $8 million dollar investment into the prevention and management
of diabetes and, ultimately, of other chronic diseases.
    The demonstration project will bring together a wide range of health care
partners, including:

    
    -   South West CCAC
    -   Brockton Family Health Team
    -   Clinton Family Health Team
    -   Strathroy Medical Clinic
    -   South Bruce-Grey Health Centre, Walkerton Site
    -   Thames Valley Family Practice Research Unit, University of
        Western Ontario
    -   Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance - Clinton Site
    -   South West Local Health Integration Network

    There are three key elements to the plan:

    -   Stronger partnerships between family doctors, CCAC case managers and
        other health care providers to support people with diabetes
    -   Resources to empower and support patients in managing their own
        diabetes
    -   Information Technology systems to support communication and
        integration among primary health care providers, specialists,
        hospitals and patients.
    

    The project will be carefully evaluated and based on final outcomes,
could provide a model for other chronic diseases.
    The project will include four distinct phases that clearly identify
deliverables and milestones that ensure governance and accountability
throughout the life of the project.

    These phases include:

    Phase 1: Project Initiation

    Timeline for completion: March 31, 2008
    At this phase, the project team will be established, including the
recruitment of project office staff, the establishment of project organization
including governance and the development of a detailed project work plan,
critical path and project sites.

    Phase 2: Clinical Integration, Team Planning and Development

    Timeline for completion: April 30, 2009
    The project team will confirm the scope of the project, conduct education
sessions for team members, conduct training sessions on patient empowerment
and self management.
    This phase will also deliver a care algorithm using CDA, CHR algorithm,
workflow processes and standardized forms.
    By the end of this phase, project learning to date will be documented and
disseminated to all project partners.

    Phase 3: Information Technology Requirements and Implementation

    Timeline for Completion: December 31, 2010
    This very technical phase of the project will scope the IT initiative,
assess the information technology readiness of selected sites, document the
current IT state, and scope information systems and data repository
requirements. An RFP process will be followed to select system vendor.
    The major deliverables from this phase include a fully implemented
system, project documentation and a sustainability plan.

    Phase 4: Evaluation and Benefits Realization

    Timeline for completion: December 31, 2010
    Prior to preparation of a final report, a thorough evaluation and
analysis of the achieved benefits will be carried out. This will involve the
identification of performance indicators, outcome measures, data collection
tools and processes.
    A summary report will be prepared as part of this phase.

    Post Phase 4: Final report

    Timeline for completion: January 2011
    Due to the nature of the tasks involved, much of the work in Phase 3 will
be done concurrently with Phase 4.

    Funding Details

    The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and
the South West CCAC have entered into a transfer payment agreement to ensure
that this demonstration project is fully funded for its entire duration. The
total commitment amounts to almost $8 million over a three year period
beginning in February 2008, which is provided through the Ministry of
Finance's Strengthening Our Partnerships program.
    Funding will be allocated quarterly based on identified milestones and
deliverables to be reviewed by the project steering committee. The total
annual commitment is as shown in the table below:

    
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                 Year                       Funding allocation
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                 2008                       $2.15 million
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                 2009                       $4.47 million
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                 2010                       $1.26 million
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For further information:

For further information: Annabelle Mackey, South West LHIN, (519)
672-0445, ext. 2573, 1-866-294-5446, annabelle.mackey@lhins.on.ca or Tommasina
Conte, South West LHIN, (519) 672-0445, ext 2566, 1-866-294-5446,
tommasina.conte@lhins.on.ca; Sandra Coleman, Executive Director South West
CCAC, (519) 641-5496, sandra.coleman@sw.ccac-ont.ca

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