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Post Bariatric Care and Obesity Management

Project ECHO® OBN
Update Your Knowledge on Post Bariatric Care and Obesity Management

The Ontario Bariatric Network (OBN) is launching an exciting new initiative Project ECHO™ OBN that partners primary care providers with a multi-disciplinary team of specialists from the Bariatric Centres of Excellence (BCOE) to share best practices on bariatric care and obesity management.

This series of 6 sessions hosted by The Ottawa Hospital begin on October 2, 2019 and is open to physicians, residents and medical students, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals working in primary care.  There is no cost to attend.

Learn about:

  • Changing practices in the surgical and medical management of patients with obesity
  • BCOE and primary care collaboration to implement the Shared Care Model
  • Obesity-related co-morbidities and treatment options
  • Evidence-based approaches to effectively manage patient complications

Managing the care of post-bariatric surgery patients can be complex.  Register soon to take advantage of this no-cost learning opportunity!

For more information on session dates, curriculum details and to register, please visit https://obn.echoontario.ca

Click to view PDF with details: ECHO Flyer with curriculum Aug 2019

 

 

New Event: OntarioMD Every Step Conference

Register to attend the OntarioMD EMR: Every Step Conference on September 26, 2019 in Toronto.

If you register before Friday, July 5, you can take advantage of the Super Early Bird Rate of just $160 for a full day of learning, networking and CME credits!

Register now at https://lnkd.in/eRVcQbm

 

The EMR: Every Step Conference is for physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals and administrative staff.

This conference will be accredited for CME pending approval from the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

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OntarioMD Peer Leaders and Digital Health Events

OntarioMD Peer Leaders are a network of 60 physicians, nurses and clinic managers across the province who are expert users of OntarioMD-certified EMRs and are available to help you realize more clinical value from your EMR.

Peer Leaders understand the needs and challenges faced by busy community practices. They provide complimentary consulting services that can lead to more efficient EMR use and workflow, improved clinical decision support and much more. Peer Leaders can help you optimize your EMR’s functionality and show you how they use other features, including EMR-integrated provincial digital health tools.

Request a Peer Leader today, or contact support@ontariomd.com.

 

OntarioMD Quality Improvement Events

EMR: Every Step Conference:

    • Get more clinical value from your EMR. Learn how at the OntarioMD EMR: Every Step Conference! EMRs have become indispensable practice tools. Learn how you can take better advantage of your investment in your EMR by learning about more of its features and the latest digital health innovations integrated with it. There is so much more you can do for your patients and your practice. We’ll show you how.  This conference is for physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals and administrative staff. EMR: Every Step Conference should be hyperlinked to https://www.ontariomd.ca/about-us/events/emr-every-step-conference/emr-every-step-conference-toronto-2019
      • Admission: $115.00 + HST (until August 31), $160.00 +HST (after August 31)

 

Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound

ECHO stands for Extensions for Community Healthcare Outcomes.

The ECHO model™ links specialist/ resource team (Hub) with primary care community-based partners (Spokes) to form the Hub and Spokesmodel.  It uses a combination of live online sessions and in-person skills training to build health care capacity. The online sessions are live 2 hours weekly and include a short educational lecture, followed by case-based learning from the participants’ own patients.

The resource team (Hub) puts together the content of the ECHO educational lectures. Participants present de-identified cases of their own patients during the live online sessions. Participants also contribute to case discussions and evaluation surveys. They also receive continuing education/ continuous professional development credits (CE/ CPD).

Through the ECHO model™, community providers and specialists learn from each other, acquire knowledge, skills, increase competency and build a strong community of practice. Participants become part of a supportive community of practice and an inter-professional team.

See: Q&A’s – ECHO Ontario Wound and Skin

We’re launching in May. Sign up below if you’re interested in no cost interprofessional skin and wound care learning surveymonkey.com/r/FM6T99B #onhealth #wounds #dermatology

What Is It?

  • FREE case-based learning on: wound bed preparation, pressure injuries (ulcers), diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, interprofessional team building and other topics
  • No cost mentorship on skin and wound care best practices
  • Access to physicians, nurses and allied health providers who will offer you guidance on your patients with complex skin and wound care needs.

Who Should Join?

  • Health care providers based in Ontario who have an interest in skin and wound care, including nurses, physicians, and allied health providers.

Benefits for Participants

  • Enhanced care for patients with skin and wound care issues
  • Certificate of Attendance, if a regular participant
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits awarded by Queen’s University
    • Being part of an interprofessional community of practice

Details

  • Weekly 2-hour sessions: 15-minute didactic lecture, based on International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) curriculum, followed by a discussion of real clinical cases submitted by participants
  • Topics discussed: diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, pressure injuries, wound bed prep, infection, malignant, post-surgical wounds, traumatic injuries, peristomal, lymphedema, acute infection and other wound and skin care issues
  • Hands-on learning at semi-annual boot camp sessions held across Ontario

Interested? Here’s What You’ll Need

  1. Internet connection and webcam-enabled device like a laptop or smartphone
  2. Minimum two hours per week of committed time
  3. Willingness to present your patient cases for group discussion

To Express Interest in Joining

Email:       info@echowoundskin.com

For More Information:

Visit:        https://www.echoontario.ca/Echo-Clinic/Wound.aspx

Follow on Twitter:    @ECHOWound

Integrated Cancer Screening and Prevention Program – events in your area

In the summer of 2018, the Integrated Cancer Screening and Prevention Program (ICS team) partnered with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) to conduct a mapping exercise based on census data to identify areas where screening rates are low, for the following screening programs in the region:

  • Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP)
  • ColonCancerCheck (CCC)
  • Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP)
  • Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk (HR LCSP) pilot

The ICS team also conducted an environmental scan focusing on primary care providers, cancer screening managers, and most importantly, patients, to identify and understand challenges to cancer screening. We are now reaching out to regional stakeholders in order to work together to develop improvement initiatives focused on increasing screening rates and facilitating healthier populations. For this reason, we would like to invite you to a series of information sessions being held in key areas including Hawkesbury, Cornwall, Petawawa, Pembroke and Renfrew.

To learn more about the impact you can have on the screening rates for the four cancer screening programs in the Champlain region, we invite you to register for an event in your area.

 

Area Date Time Location
Pembroke March 4, 2019 17:30 Carefor Health & Community Services: 700 MacKay St.
Renfrew March 18, 2019 17:30 GEM Hall: Groves Park Lodge,127 Raglan St. S
Cornwall March 19, 2019 17:30 The Cornwall Knights of Columbus Hall: 205 Amelia St.
Hawkesbury March 25, 2019 17:30 Stephanie’s Grill and Bar: 1680 Highway 34

To register for an event or for further information regarding the sessions, please call: 613-798-5555 ext. 15811 or email me: jdeloe@toh.ca.

We thank you for your support in working together to improve screening rates and promoting healthier populations in your area.

 

View the bilingual letter with the above information

The Home First philosophy

The Home First philosophy has been adopted by hospitals across Ontario and the Champlain region over the past several years. At The Ottawa Hospital, we have recently undergone a refresh to ensure that staff and physicians are aware of the benefit this philosophy provides to patients.

Home First is about providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place, for the right cost. The focus is to keep patients (particularly high-risk seniors) safe in the community for as long as possible, with community resources and supports. This means that through providing enhanced personal support upon discharge, seniors can remain at home and make decisions about their future in a more comfortable and familiar environment.

In addition to providing better care, closer to home, the Home First approach is a significant strategy that can help to reduce hospital occupancy, minimize the volume of Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients and support access to acute care. As a collaborative effort between The Ottawa Hospital and the Champlain LHIN, work is being done to ensure early engagement of the discharge team, which will allow for discussions regarding Long Term Care to occur in the community.

For primary care physicians, an understanding of this approach, as well as the messaging that your patients will experience while in hospital, is key to success and will assist in reassuring them. While patients are in hospital, the discharge planning team, comprised of a Social Worker and LHIN Care Coordinator, will be engaged early on to discuss plans for returning to the community. All efforts are placed by interdisciplinary team members to create safe and timely plans for discharge to a community setting. For patients who require Long Term Care, plans for this transition will be made from home through follow-up from a LHIN Care Coordinator.

A Home First approach avoids patients being identified too early for Long-Term Care and through timely discharge, the risk of deconditioning and exposure to hospital-acquired infections is reduced. Minimizing the need to make decisions in a time of crisis during a hospital admission offers the opportunity for patients to wait in a home environment for a preferred Long Term Care Home choice.

 

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Contact:

Carol Murphy, Manager, Subacute Transitions & Post Acute Flow, The Ottawa Hospital

613-798-5555 ext 17502

cmurphy@toh.ca

Breast Imaging Update 2019

The Champlain Regional Cancer Program invites you to attend its’ annual Breast Imaging Update 2019, part of the Continuing Professional Development Series. Please find details below. You can attend in person or by OTN. Please feel free to forward to your colleagues. 

 

Champlain Lung Health Intake and Referral

The Champlain Lung Health – Intake and Referral program is your access point to community lung health education and support in Champlain if you are living with COPD.

For healthcare providers, this program offers one referral form that allows your adult clients living with COPD access to effective community lung health services in Champlain.

The lung health programs provide an evidence-based approach that improves the health and quality of life of people living with COPD.

http://champlainlunghealth.ca/

“Since joining your program my breathing and general overall health has been greatly improved …Your program is a hidden gem and should have more exposure so others may experience what I have been given”

– Lung Health Program Participant

“When I started 4 years ago, I was barely able to walk due to my shortness of breath; today I am able to walk for over a half an hour. I love this program for what is has helped me accomplish.”

– Lung Health Program Participant

New mental health resources available to everyone who needs them

The Province has rolled out new mental health resources that are proving to be very valuable in the Primary Care Sector. Many mental health problems present first in the primary care setting and Big White Wall and Bounce Back are evidence-based resources that will help support primary care patients on their path to recovery.

Big White Wall is a guided self-help peer community that supports the recovery of individuals with moderate depression and/or anxiety. The resource utilizes highly trained “Wall Guides” to moderate your patient’s experience and has demonstrated significant improvements for patients who have used the resource. While many publically funded resources have significant wait lists, this resource is immediately available to anyone with an Ontario postal code simply by signing up for the resource.  Big White Wall is accessed directly by patients at https://www.bigwhitewall.com/v2/Home.aspx

Bounce Back is a coaching Intervention that is available through a Primary Care Practitioner’s referral. Developed in the U.K. and established in York Region two years ago, the program has been used by more than 80% of the physicians in the York region. Bounce Back will contact your patient within five days of referral and will deliver an intervention of telephone coaching sessions supported by workbooks developed for the patient’s specific goals. Your patient’s Telephone Coach will set up a schedule of sessions and will assess your patient’s risk and improvement at each session. Bounce Back will also link back to you to ensure the intervention is complementary to other treatment you may be providing.

You may access Bounce Back by visiting the website at http://ontario.cmha.ca/bounce-back-ontario/

 

 

Pain Management Resources for Ontario Providers

Helping patients manage their pain is complex. To support primary care providers as they navigate this challenging landscape, partners across Ontario have come together to provide a one-stop spot for family physicians, nurse practitioners and other primary care clinicians to find resources to help manage their patients’ pain.

A range of supports – from guidelines on appropriate opioid use to CME-accredited webinars on topics like chronic pain – are included. Plus, access direct links to medical mentors who can provide timely advice and guidance on challenging care issues.

Resources are updated regularly and can be found at: http://www.hqontario.ca/Quality-Improvement/Guides-Tools-and-Practice-Reports/Primary-Care/Partnered-Supports-for-Helping-Patients-Manage-Pain

For more information about this coordinated approach to provide clinicians in Ontario with pain management resources contact:  http://www.hqontario.ca/