Quality improvement is a focal point across Ontario’s health system. There are significant efforts being made to develop and foster a culture of quality through increased coordination, shared learning and a unified strategic vision for quality in the health system.
Health Quality Ontario has been working collaboratively with the Local Health Integration Networks, organizations and providers to connect local and provincial quality improvement efforts so that we can increase the spread of ideas to meet the goal of improving the health outcomes and experiences of patients across the system.
To support the achievement of this goal, Health Quality Ontario has set the following objectives to strengthen our efforts:
Aligning and connecting regional and provincial quality initiatives
Building regional clinical leaders to drive substantial change in communities across the province
Creating a culture of quality by promoting learning, engagement and ownership
Sharing the results of innovations to speed up the spread of emerging best practices (examples include Quality Improvement Plans, Health Link best practices, etc.)
Regional Quality Tables
Developed collaboratively by Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks and Health Quality Ontario, Regional Quality Tables bring together health system leaders in each region. They discuss local quality issues and develop an integrated regional quality plan. The cross-sector group also plays an important role in ensuring regional plans are aligned to provincial quality priorities.
Bringing together both clinical experience and patient perspectives, Regional Quality Tables across Ontario lead the implementation of system-wide quality initiatives and monitor the progress in their communities.
A Clinical Quality Lead will be co-appointed by Health Quality Ontario and each Local Health Integration Network to chair the Regional Quality Table and hold a seat at HQO’s new Provincial Quality Implementation Committee.
Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of the Regional Quality Tables in their draft terms of reference.
Regional Quality Sessions
Regional Quality Sessions bring together regional leaders in quality improvement to support cross-sector collaboration around priority issues in health care. They inspire creativity, share information and inform initiatives. This year, the aim and focus is to profile priority initiatives for the province, Local Health Integration Networks, and Regional Quality Tables.
Health Quality Ontario offers all Local Health Integration Networks the opportunity to co-host Regional Quality Sessions. Interested in hosting an upcoming session? Please email us at QI@HQOntario.ca.