Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Long Term Care Association

March 01, 2011 17:53 ET

Conference Board prescribes innovation for long term care sector

Ontario Long Term Care Association says its quality agenda is pushing need for innovation

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - A Conference Board of Canada report to be released Wednesday, March 2 concludes a more innovative long term care sector in Ontario would deliver both improved care for an aging Ontario population and cost savings for an cash-strapped provincial healthcare system.

The report, Elements of an Effective Innovation Strategy for Long Term Care in Ontario, was commissioned by the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA). The report finds the sector can best meet its current and future challenges through innovation. It states innovation will enable the sector to find new and improved ways to deliver care and other services, and develop new products and services that respond to the changing "aged care environment." A copy of the report can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/ee8x4h.

"Success for Ontario's aging and healthcare strategies depends on actively engaging the long term care sector. It will require a concerted effort and investment by government and the sector itself to realize its full potential," said Dr. Michael Bloom vice-president of The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC).

Christina Bisanz, CEO of the OLTCA said the sector's "quality agenda is driving the need for innovation. Our members currently demonstrate innovation in both delivering quality care and in providing value for healthcare dollars," she said. "We recognize there is more we can do, especially by pursuing improved relationships and integration with others in the out-of-hospital healthcare continuum who deliver care to an aging population."

Ms Bisanz will discuss the innovation potential in long term care, during a presentation at the Tuesday, March 2 Breakfast with the Chiefs event at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Jeff Lozon, President and CEO of Revera Inc. and Camille Orridge, CEO of the Toronto Central LHIN, will join the presentation on long term care myths, realities and opportunities.

The report highlights a number of innovations the sector can build on, including implementing new technologies to streamline administrative functions, introducing new recreational and therapeutic activities, exploring new ways to recruit and retain staff, and leveraging existing strengths and expertise of skilled staff to reduce the strain on acute care services.

The CBoC also found that underfunding and over regulation are barriers to the potential promise innovation brings. Innovation may be stifled because employees and managers focus much of their time and energy on regulatory compliance and reporting, rather than on finding new and improved ways to deliver care. As well, long term care operators often struggle to find funding to meet current demand, let-alone meet future demand, acuity levels and resident preferences.

The OLTCA has announced the formation of a Long Term Care Innovation Expert Panel to assist the sector develop a innovation plan for three areas: internal innovation, sector-wide innovation and innovation for integration and health system transformation.

Co-Chairs for the panel are Bill Dillane, President of Responsive Health Management and a member of the OLTCA Board of Directors, and Dr. William Reichman, President and CEO of Baycrest. Panel members are currently being recruited from a wide range of fields. The panel is to make its report to the OLTCA Board in late 2011.
/For further information: http://www.oltca.com/ IN: HEALTH, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Christina Bisanz, CEO, Ontario Long Term Care Association
    Primary Phone: 905-470-8995 ext. 24
    Secondary Phone: 905-717-9059
    E-mail: cbisanz@oltca.com