In December, 2014, Ontario Shores partnered with Canada Health Infoway to launch the ‘Healthcheck’ Patient Portal with the aim to provide patients and caregivers access to their personal health information and promote patient engagement and partnerships in care.
To date there are 605 registered portal users at Ontario Shores. Of these users, 94 are ‘proxy users’, defined as family, friends, and caregivers. Feedback received from users includes that “Just having my own access has given me freedom as a patient”, and “it is an excellent tool to cultivate autonomy.”
The bar is being raised for mental health care providers in terms of the quality of care received by people living with mental illness.
At its annual Health Quality Transformation Conference last month in Toronto, Health Quality Ontario (HQO) unveiled its first three Quality Standards in an effort to advance mental health care in Ontario.
These Quality Standards address key opportunities for improvement in the care of major depression, schizophrenia and behavioural symptoms of dementia based on the identified need for improvement in these three areas; each identified need is expressed as a quality statement, with a target of 100% compliance with the statement.
Halloween is in the rear-view mirror, although the kids’ candy seems to live on in infamy at least until we finally get tired of it and it magically disappears.
But now is the perfect time to talk about Halloween 2017 and beyond. Go ahead and grab a chocolate bar out of your children’s stash, heck grab two – they are small, and settle in. We need to talk.
I hoped as a society we would be further down the path in which discrimination is not acceptable in any form, but there still seems to be one population that it’s OK to disparage for the sake of entertainment.