Partners for Change

These are some of the partnerships facilitating learning and innovation in the HNHB LHIN.

Integrated Decision Support Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Solution

Partner: Hamilton Health Sciences

The Integrated Decision Support (IDS) Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence (BI) Solution is an HNHB LHIN eHealth project, jointly funded by the HNHB LHIN (start-up) and HNHB LHIN hospitals and HNHB CCAC in a cost sharing model. It enables organizations in the LHIN to make evidence based planning and operational decisions using data that are less than three months old. Information is accessed through a secure web-based user-friendly portal. Microsoft Business Intelligence Software applies innovative techniques for accessing, analyzing and reporting data.

Academic Partnerships for Performance Improvement

Partners: McMaster University, Mohawk College

The HNHB LHIN has several partnerships with its universities and colleges that facilitate the implementation of best practices and the training of health human resources. McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences and the LHIN are collaborating to develop an evaluative process that will include performance indicators for the IHSP. The faculty are recognized as leaders in the development of clinical pathways and best practice tools, and this expertise will facilitate improved quality of care and access to services across health care providers in the LHIN. Clear partnerships with our colleges and McMaster will maximize the learning experience for all health care trainees and provide a valuable health human resource over the next decade. The HNHB LHIN Physician Lead is a special advisor to the McMaster and Mohawk faculties to develop integration strategies among primary care, community and hospitals.

Best Practice Spotlight Organization

Partner: Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO)

The HNHB LHIN is one of 16 sites across the province that has the opportunity to work with the RNAO by becoming a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO). Implementation of RNAO Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) will be facilitated by sharing resources, and learning from all participating organizations. A Project Coordinator is responsible for bringing organizations together to promote learning, sharing and collaboration among HNHB LHIN health sites. The potential benefits to patients and staff are significant and will be evident when RNAO BPGs are implemented and evaluated across the LHIN during this three-year initiative.

Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Initiative

Partner: Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)

The HNHB LHIN adopted a CDPM strategy based on the Institute for Health Improvement’s (IHI’s) Triple Aim approach. The LHIN partnered with ICES to assist the LHIN to identify target populations for this health needs planning approach. ICES is estimating the prevalence of diabetes and COPD among HNHB communities and assessing co-morbid illness, emergency department use and potential markers of access to or quality of outpatient care among these populations. Subsequently, the LHIN will engage health and wellness providers in the identified communities to assess potential interventions to improve health status, enhance the patient care experience and reduce or control the per capita cost of care.

Continuing Health Sciences Education Event

Partners: McMaster University, primary care providers, public health, academia and clinical experts

The LHIN hosts an annual Continuing Health Sciences Education Event (CHSEE) for health care providers across the LHIN. The objective is to raise awareness of chronic disease prevention and management within the LHIN, demonstrate how evidence-based care can be incorporated into routine practice and promote practical collaborative approaches to CDPM that facilitate seamless transition across care settings.

Community Engagement

Partner: Dr. Julia Abelson. Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University

The LHIN is one of five decision-making partners in a research initiative: Evaluating the Impacts of Public Engagement in Health Systems: A comparative Research Practice Collaboration (Julia Abelson, Principal Investigator). The initiative will explore how learnings from a predecessor study have shaped organizations’ engagement knowledge, values and practices, and decision making for which it is intended to inform. The benefits of the partner initiative to the HNHB LHIN and by extension other LHINs is how to build, sustain and improve purposeful public engagement capacity.

Physician Engagement

Partner: Ontario College of Family Physicians

The Ontario College of Family Physicians co-sponsored with the LHIN a series of primary care engagement sessions. The goal was to integrate a primary care perspective in the development of the LHIN’s Clinical Services Plan. The ongoing partnership is creating innovative continuing education opportunities and Main Pro, Continuing Medical Education credits.

Clinical Services Plan

The HNHB LHIN Clinical Services Plan (November 2009) was a significant building block for this IHSP. The key directions for health system improvement – interprofessional care, integrated clinical programs and community-based health service capacity have been integrated with the IHSP.