On Thursday, November 27, 2014 the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) held their 2014 President’s Installation and Awards Ceremony as part of their 52nd Annual Scientific Assembly. Family health teams and their affiliated physicians figured prominently in the proceedings, not the least of which was London Family Health Team’s Dr.
Health Quality Ontario has just released its yearly report on Ontario’s health system, Measuring Up. The section on primary care presents indicators related to access to primary care, patient experience and recommended screening tests, with some comparisons at the LHIN, provincial and international levels. Click here to view the full report.
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Lee of the Centre for Family Medicine FHT. Announced at Health Quality Transformation 2014, Dr. Lee has been awarded a Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality & Safety. The award is for her work with CFFM’s Primary Care Memory Clinic (an initiative for which she also received a 2012 Bright Lights award.) Drs.
AFHTO has awarded 12 innovators in ten categories for their work in making meaningful changes toward improving the patient experience, improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. There were seven total themes and three special awards. Six of the 12 award recipients will receive education grants.
Data to Decisions 1.0: Advancing Primary Care (D2D 1.0) is the tangible result of our collective “get started” effort in team-based performance measurement across the AFHTO membership. D2D 1.0 is a summary of primary care data that are currently available, comparable and mean the most to AFHTO members in their efforts to advance quality of care for their patients. AFHTO members can access D2D 1.0 in the Members Only website.
Two big steps in our progress to measure, improve and demonstrate the value of interprofessional primary care:
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced the launch of the second annual Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety. This annual recognition program aims to honour exceptional work across the health system and showcase successes in cross-sectoral collaboration of health system partners to deliver high-quality, patient-centred care across the continuum.
AFHTO’s approach to primary care measurement focuses on the relationship with our patients and our ability to deliver the care patients value. Its objective is to optimize quality, access and total health system cost of care for patients, using indicators from Health Quality Ontario’s Primary Care Performance Measurement Framework.
The Tungasuvvingat Inuit Family Health Team (TIFHT) was honoured with this award at a the "Prevent More to Treat Less" conference, jointly sponsored by the Association of Ontario Health Centres and the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, together with a range of partners including AFHTO. Since March 2011 TIFHT has provided Primary Health care services to Ottawa’s Inuit population.
Central Hastings FHT is a LEADing Practice award recipient as announced by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), in partnership with Accreditation Canada. Given for their leadership in the advanced use of technology in clinical practice, the award is part of Infoway's pan-Canadian Knowing is Better clinician education campaign developed to generate awareness of the benefits of digital health in Canada.