The Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care delivered a province-wide webinar on “Using data to improve quality of care for LTC residents in Ontario” on February 11, 2016.
This webinar provided an overview of the value of health administration data at the provincial and local (i.e. long-term care home) levels. We learned how to better understand the “alphabet soup of acronyms” and how to embrace long-term care (LTC) data as we strive to improve care and to make evidence-informed decisions.
PART 1: Dr. Tanuseputro guided participants through the world of provincial data, giving clear examples of how large health administration databases can help the LTC sector and each LTC home to improve quality of care. He discussed where key data are housed and how they inform sector planning and enable provincial benchmark development. He also showed how linking data across provincial databases and with individual LTC homes can help the sector better understand the characteristics of current and future LTC residents.
PART 2: Ms. Greene focused on data use at the local level. She discussed how individual LTC home level data can help measure quality outcomes over time and in comparison with peers. She then drew on a case study to further illustrate how a LTC home is using its MDS data to develop a plan of action for the prevention of falls.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Peter Tanuseputro, MHSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC Peter is trained as a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician, and as a Family Physician (University of Toronto). His research includes using linked health administrative databases to develop population perspectives on health care use, and cost associated with aging and end of life in Ontario. At the Bruyère CLRI, Peter is using routinely collected data held at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences to follow all Ontarians prior, during, and after admission into LTC.
Kathy Greene, BScOT, MPA Kathy attained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master of Public Administration. She worked as an OT before becoming an Admission Coordinator and Coordinator for the NRS System, later transitioning to the position of Clinical Manager for Bruyère’s Geriatric Rehabilitation Service. Today, Ms. Greene is Bruyère’s Director of Decision Support, Admissions, Health Records and Staff Scheduling.