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...

User-Centered EMR Intervention Presented at IHI Summit, 2015

This past March, 2015, OpenLab’s Kendra Delicaet travelled to the 16th Annual IHI Summit in Dallas, Texas, to present a poster on the Afib Innovation Program‘s EMR intervention. This years conference focused on “Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community”. It brought together over 1,000 thought leaders from around the world to discuss new ways to improve care delivery and coordination. The poster detailed the current results of the EMR intervention study, that seeks to improve the care of patients with Atrial Fibrillation through a more centred EMR-based toolkit. The toolkit was designed by a multi-disciplinary team of family physicians, a pharmacist, designers, developers and researchers. It was implemented in two family health teams in Toronto, ON, and tested for usability through a series of observations, interviews and surveys. Overall, the EMR toolkit was found to be very user-centred, merging clinically important information with user needs, and encouraged adoption in a family care setting.    ...

PODS Project Piloted at 8 Hospitals Across Toronto

OpenLab’s PODS project, with the support of the Toronto Central LHIN, is currently being piloted at eight hospitals in the Toronto Area. The eight hospitals include, Bridgepoint Health, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sick Kids, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto East General, and the University Health Network’s Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. PODS is a patient oriented discharge summary designed together with patients, caregivers, and providers to ensure that the information patients take home at discharge is understandable and actionable for them. Each of the eight pilot sites is engaging patients from their own organization to help with the pilot and all the groups are collaborating and learning from each other through the guidance of OpenLab. Find out more on the PODS website...

Face2Name Project Presented at Trillium’s Institute For Better Health

In late February, 2014, OpenLab’s Lora Appel presented the Face2Name project at Trillium’s Institute for Better Health. The presentation outlined the different components of the study, including the patient-facing paper based intervention whose was published in The American Journal of Medicine, and the staff-centered mobile and web applications. Currently Lora is analyzing the impact of providing photos of staff on staff familiarity, workflow efficiency, and inter professional communication. There has already been interest from the GIM unit at Toronto Western to introduce the web application in their wards and the smartphone application has also garnered interest being selected as a finalist in two pitch...

OpenLab Chosen to Lead the INSPIRED Program Pilot at UHN

OpenLab has been chosen as one of the national centres to lead the UHN pilot implementation of the INSPIRED program, a re-design of care for patients with moderate and severe COPD. Developed and successfully validated in Halifax, the national INSPIRED initiative is a partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Health Improvement (CFHI), Boehringer Ingleheim and 18 other teams across Canada.  The model focuses on supported, home-based self-management of symptoms, advanced care planning, and end of life care.  It has been shown to significantly improve quality of life, and decrease both ED visits and hospital admissions for these patients.  We are very excited to be working with a dynamic team from across UHN including the Division of Respirology, palliative care colleagues,  as well as community agencies and others to bring this new model of care to our patients.  We will be measuring both qualitative and quantitative outcomes to validate that this model can be disseminated successfully to our setting.  We’ll keep you posted on our how it’s going! Read more about the INSPIRED project on the OpenLab website  and on the CFHI...