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The General Medicine Quality Improvement Network

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This network is designed to provide members with reliable data about clinical care and patient outcomes in their hospitals and data they can compare to the collective data of their peers across the province.

It’s also designed to help them:

  • Use the data to identify opportunities for quality improvement
  • Receive ideas and strategies to improve care
  • Feel empowered to be quality improvement leaders in their hospital settings
  • Be connected with other general medicine physicians and hospital teams through educational webinars, discussion groups, teleconferences, peer-mentoring, conferences/workshops, and other activities

The network’s goal is to reach general medicine physicians and care teams in all hospitals in Ontario to accelerate large-scale quality improvement initiatives.

Physician members will also soon receive MyPractice: General Medicine Reports to review their individual clinical care patterns in relation to their peers.

For information on joining the General Medicine Quality Improvement Network, please email GeMQIN@hqontario.ca.

 

Tools and Resources

Coming in early 2019, these confidential, voluntary reports for general medicine physicians and hospital care teams will provide personalized data, along with suggestions on how to improve care for their patients.

Practice, regional and provincial-level data will be included so physicians and their care teams can see their care patterns in relation to their peers.

Reports will include:

  • Patient demographics and health outcomes as they relate to length of stay, readmissions, in-hospital mortality, routine bloodwork, advanced imaging, and blood transfusion
  • Measures to assess the use of diagnostic and clinical resources
  • Data to show where physicians are providing high-quality care and potential opportunities for improvement
  • Change ideas to help drive quality improvement

A MyPractice: General Medicine Report is currently being piloted at St. Michael’s Hospital. It will be shared with six other hospitals (see below) in early 2019 using data and analytics from existing clinical databases.

As the program expands to include even more hospitals, a data extraction platform will be developed to gather and disseminate high-quality data and analytics about clinical care across all the member hospitals in the network.

These reports are part of a series of Practice Reports developed by Health Quality Ontario and will be available on the Guides, Tools and Practice Reports section of our website.

If you have any questions, please contact GeMQIN@hqontario.ca.

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