Hospital 2 Home (H2H), has earned a place on the Minister’s Medal Honour Roll! The Central West Integrated Care Model was among 87 submissions to the 2016 Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety, at the annual Health Quality Ontario Minister’s event, Health Quality Transformation, which took place in October. This annual program honours health system partners that work collaboratively to provide exceptional, high quality, patient-centered care with achieved sustainable outcomes.A joint project between the CCAC, Headwaters and Osler – as well as the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), H2H is an innovative model of care that is helping improve clinical handoffs and information-sharing when patients leave hospital. Patients receive short-term nursing from the same care team after they return home. They have 24/7 support and H2H staff are able to seamlessly access patients’ health records. The use of OTN virtual technology has also strengthened the quality of care and overall communication among health care providers. Since its launch in January 2016, 740 patients have received 6500 in-home nursing visits though the program.
Currently, H2H is primarily supporting patients with urinary tract infections and cellulitis but will later expand to help those with more complex needs.