Hear some of the discussion from our Hospital at Home co-design event:

Hospital at Home

Complex Care Lab

The Hospital at Home Program 

“You’ve lived your whole life at home, so you probably know how to do that best.”

This program explores the possibility of providing acute, hospital-level care at home for patients who have been admitted to hospital with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). In collaboration with University Health Network, Sinai Health System, Women’s College Hospital, and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN), OpenLab is designing this new model of care.

Hospital at Home programs have been trialed in the UK, the US, and Australia and have shown benefits including reduced length of stay, better patient experience, high provider satisfaction, and improved patient outcomes, all at a lower cost. The Hospital at Home program in the Mid-West Toronto Sub-Region will be the first in Canada and will face many unique challenges; acute care in the community, financial constraints of funding models, three different hospitals with separate information systems, and the existence of multiple primary care electronic health records just to name a few. To ensure that we are designing the model for success, we have engaged patients, families, health care providers and administrators across our LHIN. We’ve compiled a video with some of the discussion from our OpenLab Hospital at Home co-design event.

We believe this is the future of care for many acute conditions that can be treated safely and effectively outside the hospital, because, after all, “There’s no place like Home.”

OpenLab project members: Kori Leblanc (design lead), Dr. Howard Abrams (clinical lead), Shoshana Hanh-Goldberg, Rasha Kubba

Collaborators: Sinai Health System, Women’s College Hospital, Mid-West Toronto Sub-Region, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN)

Supported by: Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care

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