Health Care Policy

Putting patients at the heart of end-of-life care
Putting patients at the heart of end-of-life care

(L to R) Sonny Kisch, Bonnie Catlin and Dr. Sean Virani. New patient resources and clinical practice tools around end-of-life planning and care are helping empower heart failure patients in BC. The first of their kind in Canada in terms of ...


The assisted dying debate: Understanding the Supreme Court ruling
The assisted dying debate: Understanding the Supreme
Court ruling

For the first time in his life, Dr. Donald Low was wrong.  The renowned Toronto Microbiologist who passed away from a brain tumour in 2013, thought physician assisted dying would take years to become legal in Canada.  He shared that ...


The future of healthcare and the role of medtech
The future of healthcare and the role of medtech

At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising costs of healthcare. Alternate funding models are being considered, including paying for outcomes, rather than paying for ...


New partnership improves access to patient care
New partnership improves access to patient care

Communities across Ontario are seeing a shift in demographics. Populations are growing and aging. As a result of this new reality, hospitals are serving an increased number of seniors, patients who often have multiple chronic conditions and visit the hospital ...

Posted: March 23, 2015|Health Care Policy, Patient Care|0 comments

New IDEAS Shape Seniors Care
New IDEAS Shape Seniors Care

Janice, a GEM (Geriatric Emergency Management) Nurse uses CKHA’s new screening tool, the Assessment Urgency Algorithm (AUA) in consultation with Walter, a patient who presented at their Emergency Department. This tool helps the GEM nurse identify older patients who ...


A smoother transition: Diabetes care from hospital to home
A smoother transition: Diabetes care from hospital
to home

The partnership between Providence and Saint Elizabeth will result in positive outcomes: more patients will have the knowledge and confidence to return home safely and sooner. Two years ago Providence Healthcare, a leading provider of rehabilitative care in Toronto’s East ...


Improving care for patients with complex conditions
Improving care for patients with complex conditions

Anthony Bontje, one of the first Southwest York Region Health Links patients, with his daughter, Kris Hurley. For Anthony Bontje, a 86-years old Richmond Hill,ON resident who has a number of health challenges, including vascular disease, arthritis, lumbar stenosis and ...


Technology-enabled home care
Technology-enabled home care

The factors driving change to our health care system are undeniable and mounting. An aging population, increase in life expectancy, rise in chronic and life-limiting illnesses and shortages in health human resources are shifting care from institutions to care within ...


Getting patients home sooner
Getting patients home sooner

Once a patient is admitted to Runnymede, they meet with their care team and discharge planning begins. This is an important part of any admission as it plays a vital role in ensuring a smooth transition from hospital to ...


Researching patient safety at transition to home care
Researching patient safety at transition to home care

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has partnered with Accreditation Canada, HealthCareCAN, and the Canadian Home Care Association to commission a research study on patient safety at the transition of care. The successful candidate will receive $50,000 for the one ...

Posted: March 3, 2015|Health Care Policy, Research|1 comment

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