PUBLISHED BY: CORHEALTH ONTARIO
DATE ISSUED: MAY 2, 2019
CorHealth Ontario has translated the experiences gained from the Integrating Heart Failure Care Initiative (IHFCI) into resources that begin to integrate care more broadly – an approach that can be expanded beyond cardiac disease into other chronic illnesses and population health management overall. For Canada’s inaugural Heart Failure Awareness Week (May 6-12), CorHealth Ontario will be launching the “Roadmap for Improving Integrated Heart Failure Care in Ontario” and supporting resources online, providing guidance and critical considerations to care providers across Ontario who are also interested in better heart failure care and outcomes for their patients.
CorHealth Ontario, in partnership with Health Quality Ontario and three (3) Early Adopter Teams, began the Integrating Heart Failure Care Initiative (IHFCI) in 2017, a model that integrates heart failure care delivery with quality standards for a localized population of persons suffering from heart failure. The Provincial Heart Failure Roadmap Task Group, co-chaired by Mr. Ted Alexander, Vice-President of Partnerships and Clinical Innovation at the eHealth Centre of Excellence, and Ms. Debbie Korzeniowski, Executive Director of Prince Edward Family Health Team, emphasizes the importance of integrated care across all care levels. The use of the integrated model is essential to advancing patient care by improving access to evidence-based care and patient experience – with particular focus on seamless transitions in care, including between specialty and primary care providers or between hospital and home.