Ontario Health Teams are the result of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. The council has highlighted key areas in which Ontario’s healthcare system is under pressure, and exhibiting clear symptoms of strain: different healthcare needs, stress on caregivers and providers, the patient experience, immediate and long-term capacity pressures, and responsibility and accountability in the system. Because of this, the People’s Health Care Act was passed, aiming at improving holistic health outcomes for Ontario’s population.
Key components of Ontario Health Teams include:
Defined target population
Integrated patient care and experience
Shared governance and accountability
Unified performance measurements
Coordinated continuum of care
Meaningful patient and community engagement
Shared funding envelope
A ‘digital first’ approach
Key benefits to the system are expected to include costs of care and access to care.
35 partners across Sarnia-Lambton have joined together to form our Ontario Health Team. We are healthcare and non-healthcare agencies and cover everything from acute care to data management. To see a full list of our partners, visit our partners page.
The move to Ontario Health Teams is designed with an improved patient experience in mind. Care will be seamless and coordinated across the continuum to ensure timely access and increased quality. In the short term, how care is provided for Sarnia-Lambton will not change, and residents can be confident that they can continue to contact their healthcare providers as they always have, to access the care they need.