Niagara Health is on the leading edge of developing and using innovative systems.
Some of these innovations may not be as readily visible as the latest state-of-the-art equipment might be to patients and yet it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to care.
New partnerships, coupled with advancements in technology, allow our healthcare providers to better diagnose, treat and care for their patients. We are also a leader in the shift to community-based care – focusing on supporting patients with chronic diseases by helping them safely manage their conditions from the comfort of their home.
Here are some examples of innovation at Niagara Health:
We are receiving a lot of positive feedback from patients and families about our Integrated Comprehensive Care program. More than 1,200 patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Congestive Heart Failure have participated in the program since we launched it 3 years ago. In 2019, patients in the program experienced a 16% reduction in hospital readmissions and a 27% reduction in Emergency Department visits.
Thanks to technology, patients are able to safely manage their dialysis treatments at home - in some cases reducing hospital visits to once a month from three times a week - while our providers monitor their treatments remotely.
Teaming up with Niagara paramedics, one of our Mental Health nurses treats people in the community, avoiding Emergency Department visits and coordinating follow-up care as needed.
We use the Ontario Telemedicine Network to connect people through video with their healthcare providers, therapeutic groups and other programs—providing more prompt care and reducing the need for patients to travel.
Niagara Health Navigator digital platform is a significant step in revolutionizing the way patients connect to healthcare information and their care providers. Niagara Health Navigator will support patients and families to more easily access their health information, navigate the healthcare system and connect with their team of providers. It will be easily accessible on mobile devices using a single sign-on, while maintaining the highest security and privacy standards. Learn more
We are the first Ontario hospital to introduce video technology that allows our emergency teams to partner with McMaster Children's Hospital to get immediate help for our youngest patients.
Here are just a few examples of how our innovative systems are enhancing the patient experience and supporting our healthcare teams