VR research a reality at Runnymede

Runnymede is a rehab hospital that is one of the first partner sites of VRx to pilot the technology to explore the potential benefits of using VR with various types of patient populations. Check out the Runnymede’s newsletter...

UHN’s First Wheelchair Accessible Garden

OpenLab Senior Fellow Adeline Cohen has been working to identify multiple ways in which local, fresh and sustainable food can be incorporated into the hospital setting for patients and staff. A wheelchair accessible garden was one of these ideas. Read more about the garden in UHN News:...

Art Heals Health | Health Heals Art featured in the Toronto Star

Art Heals Health | Health Heals Art symposium brings together artists, healthcare professionals and patients to celebrate the extraordinary practices at the intersection of the arts and health care.  Our aim is to break open the silos and build bridges among the people who are pioneers in this work so that these innovations will grow exponentially and advance the patient and provider experience.  This inaugural event, a collaboration between OpenLab, the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre and the Artists’ Health Alliance, provided a platform for sharing insights, setting the foundation for future collaborations, and building recognition of the value of the arts in healthcare with healthcare executives and policy makers while fostering network linkages through existing arts and healthcare organizations. The day featured key-note speakers as well as opportunities to meet a diverse group of professionals and engage in experiential arts-based activities. Read More About the Symposium in this past week’s Saturday Star:...

AFQCP Wins National Accreditation Leading Practice Award

The Atrial Fibrillation Quality Care Program (AFQCP) has received an Accreditation Canada Leading Practice recognition. The AFQCP is part of the AFIB Innovation Program‘s Transitioning Emergency AFIB Management (TEAM) model of care. It is a multi-pronged intervention targeting Emergency Department (ED) AFIB patients and facilitating both their ED management as well as streamlining their transition back to community care with support for both the patients and their primary care provide. Learn more about the AFQCP Innovative and creative aspects of the AFQCP include: 1. Utilization of a Nurse Practitioner and Pharmacist-led model with physician support 2. Tailored patient education on AFIB, including clear advice on how to self-manage 3. Access to specialty care through telemedicine 4. Access to the AFQCP team through a 1-855 hotline 5. Patient-friendly, standardized, individualized care plans, provided at the end of each clinic visit 6. Individualized guideline-based, standardized family practitioner care plans formatted to include the important information but structured to address the key components of AFIB care (stroke prevention and quality of life) and to also clearly communicate what the next steps for the patient are and who is taking responsibility 7. A specialized, disease-specific clinic with the goal of transitioning the patient back to Primary Care with a shared care model Accreditation Canada selects programs that are innovative and effective in improving quality care.  The practices that they select are “…leading in a service delivery area, in a particular health care setting, or for a specific health care challenge.” In addition, the Leading Practice Database is an excellent opportunity for sharing innovative practices from health organizations nationally and internationally. Learn more about the...