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.
Provincial Clinical Leads:
Dr. Fahad Razak is an Internist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree (Engineering Science), medical training residency (Internal Medicine) and fellowship (General Internal Medicine) at the University of Toronto. He also holds an MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University and was a David E. Bell Fellow at Harvard University, where he was a Visiting Scientist.
Dr. Amol Verma is an Internist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He completed medical school and residency training at the University of Toronto and a Masters in Economic and Social History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
- St. Michael's Hospital
- Sinai Health System (Mount Sinai Hospital)
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Trillium Health Partners: Credit Valley
- Trillium Health Partners: Mississauga
- University Health Network: Toronto General
- University Health Network: Toronto Western
A dedicated online community for members of the General Medicine Quality Improvement Network will be launched very soon. Check back for more details about how to join.