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Letter from the Interim CEO

In the Ministry Realignment announcement made on October 18, 2018, by our Deputy Minister, Helen Angus, we noted that our former Assistant Deputy Minister, Lynn Guerriero, was reassigned to OHIP (formerly Negotiations and Accountability Management) and also as the Executive Lead of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Agency Review.

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Endovascular Thrombectomy Performance Measurement First in Canada

We are pleased to announce that on October 24, 2018, CorHealth Ontario launched the 2017/18 baseline performance results for Endovascular Thrombectomy on a dashboard hosted by Integrated Decision Support. This EVT performance measurement initiative is the first of its kind in Canada, and we are thrilled that Ontario is leading the nation.

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CorHealth Ontario Partnerships Supporting Primary Care

CorHealth Ontario’s corporate 2017-22 Strategy recognizes the need to focus on quality and performance across the continuum of cardiac, stroke and vascular care. The Strategy also recognizes that CorHealth Ontario should help primary care practitioners through active partnerships with organizations who have the expertise and mandate in this sector.

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Improvement in Timely Access to STEMI Care in Ontario

CorHealth Ontario would like to congratulate the 20 cardiac programs for their efforts in improving timely ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) access in Ontario. Since CorHealth launched the Quality Performance Measurement & Monitoring Cycle in 2017, we have seen an improvement in timely access to STEMI care in the province.

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Emergency Vascular Referral Pathways

Over the past five months CorHealth Ontario and CritiCall Ontario met with a number of emergency vascular care stakeholders to discuss the current and potential future state of emergency vascular referral pathways in Ontario.

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Inaugural Meeting Updates

The Leadership Councils and Clinical Advisory Committee have successfully met in the fall with great interest and engagement.

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Reinvigorating Our Measurement Agenda

A key priority in 2018/19 is to further define how CorHealth Ontario can best leverage data and reporting to drive health system improvement, and define our baseline data and reporting needs across the cardiac, stroke and vascular clinical domains.

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CorHealth Ontario Resource and Presentation Highlights

Check out some of the available CorHealth Ontario resources and presentation highlights that have been shared throughout Ontario and beyond during these past few months. Please visit the Resources for Planners & Providers section of our website to view any of the referenced material.

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Introducing CorHealth Ontario’s New Advisory and Task Group Structure

CorHealth Ontario, in collaboration with our many colleagues in the system across the province, has been working on a redesign of our Advisory and Task Group Structure that reflects our expanded mandate.

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New Model Seeks to Transform Management and Coordination of Heart Failure Care

In collaboration with experts across the province, CorHealth Ontario is pleased to have produced the Chronic Heart Failure: General Information and Practical Tips for Healthcare Providers pocket guide that is aligned with the 2017 National Heart Failure Guidelines. These national guidelines recommend the need for an integrated systems approach to organizing care and helping improve outcomes for patients with heart failure.

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Performance and Reporting Updates

This issue includes performance and reporting updates regarding CorHealth Ontario's Information and Digital Strategy, Adult Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Outcomes and Cardiac Surgery Outcomes Reports, Quality and Performance Measurement and Monitoring and the 2016/17 Stroke Report Cards.

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Interdisciplinary Heart Team Model

The Interdisciplinary Heart Team model was developed by CorHealth Ontario to provide a complementary and balanced approach to patient care through shared and integrated decision making by various medical care stakeholders from various specialties.

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Endovascular Therapy Update

CorHealth Ontario hosted a webinar on June 20, 2018, on evidence and potential implications of the 6-24 hour Endovascular Thrombectomy Treatment Window for acute ischemic stroke as well as CorHealth Ontario, Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Institute for Health Information came together on a joint effort on a new project called CIHI Special Project 440.

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Introducing Our New E-Newsletter, the CorHealth Quarterly

This is an exciting time in our organization’s evolution! Created by the 2016 merger of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network, CorHealth Ontario’s new mandate spans cardiac, stroke and vascular care in the province. By building on the tremendous work of our legacy organizations, CorHealth Ontario is uniquely positioned to lead the way in enhancing cardiac, stroke and vascular care.

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What does CorHealth Ontario do?

CorHealth Ontario is an organization formed by the merger of the Cardiac Care Network and the Ontario Stroke Network. In June 2017, we became CorHealth Ontario, with an expanded mandate spanning cardiac, stroke and vascular care in the province. Last year, CorHealth Ontario launched its inaugural Strategic Plan, which marked an essential step towards the unification of our organization and the creation of a cohesive path to improved care in Ontario.

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The Quest for Quality Data and Information

As we look ahead, we know that CorHealth Ontario’s data needs have an impact on our healthcare planner and provider colleagues in the province. Today, we have the opportunity to collect relevant data in a more efficient and forward-thinking way, leverage data that already exists, and optimize the use of the collected data to support policy, planning and quality improvement.

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June is Stroke Month

CorHealth Ontario is proud to mark Stroke Month! While we work diligently year-round to improve the quality of stroke care throughout the province, June brings us the opportunity to reflect on the strides we’ve made together, and the work that still lies ahead.

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Getting Ontarians the Vascular Care They Need Faster and Closer to Home

Time is of the essence when a patient is experiencing a vascular emergency. We believe that Ontarians who are at risk of losing a limb, or worse, their life, should get the right care quickly and closest to home. To get there, this summer, CorHealth Ontario is proud to partner with CritiCall Ontario to improve the referral pathways for emergency vascular patients.

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New Opportunities for Provincial Engagement – Redesign of Our Advisory and Working Group Structure

CorHealth Ontario’s foundations are built on the impactful and lasting work of our legacy organizations. It is with great responsibility that we plan how to best build on their important work.

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Regional Reviews: Understanding Our Clinical Landscape

Optimal regional structures can be extremely effective in advancing evidence-based care, sharing best practice and innovation, targeting quality improvements and improving patient outcomes. In the fall, CorHealth Ontario launched the Regional Review Initiative, which seeks to understand today’s regional structures and resources supporting cardiac, vascular and stroke services in the province.

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Rehabilitation Call-to-Action

Rehabilitation can improve health outcomes and quality of life, and reduce costs by shortening hospital stays. Last summer, CorHealth Ontario began its work to create a Rehabilitation Call-to-Action to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care that identifies the gaps and issues in rehabilitation care in our three clinical domains, cardiac, vascular and stroke.

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Resources for Healthcare Professionals: ICD Deactivation Guides

We are proud to share with you two new Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICDs) deactivation resources for healthcare professionals!

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