Solution Formulary

The Solution Formulary is a curated collection of validated virtual care solutions that can be easily acquired by Ontario’s health care providers to support them to provide ‘patients first’ health care.

Benefits

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Benefits of working/partnering with OTN

OTN’s extensive experience and knowledge in designing, developing, procuring and scaling virtual care solutions ensures the right virtual care solutions are curated for Ontario.

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Benefits of using digital health solutions

The virtual care solutions curated and listed on the Solution Formulary will improve the ability of healthcare providers and organizations to provide ‘patients first’ health care and improve their practice and administrative functions.

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Benefits of trusting the Solution Formulary

All solutions curated are specifically for Ontario’s healthcare providers and organizations. Clinical and business outcomes and privacy, security and technical requirements have all been taken into consideration when curating virtual care solutions.

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Benefits of acquiring solutions through the Solution Formulary

Providers and organizations can leverage a streamlined, efficient, cost-effective and compliant process to easily acquire validated solutions at the best price through OTN’s status as a Broader Public Sector institution.

Solutions and Programs

OTN has curated and established various solutions and programs that Ontario’s health care providers and organizations can take advantage of to deliver patient-centred health care and improve their practice and administrative functions. All solutions and programs listed have been identified and validated by OTN and its partners to be best-in-class to achieve the outcomes desired by Ontario’s healthcare providers and organizations.

Current Pilots

As part of the curation process, some new solutions and programs require testing to evaluate the innovation. OTN conducts pilots in collaboration with partners using a standard evaluation framework to assess if benefits of the solution were achieved, including the quality of care provided and the patient and provider experience. Solutions proven to be effective are made available by vendor of record to all healthcare providers and organizations in Ontario.

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Diabetes Management

  • Fact: The number of Ontarians with diabetes is expected to increase to 1.9 million, or 12% of the population, by 2020.
  • Fact: Fewer than half of Canadians with type 2 diabetes hit their recommended blood glucose targets.

OTN is partnering with diabetes education centres at St. Joseph’s Care Group (Thunder Bay), William Osler Health System and North York General Hospital, to provide patients with type 2 diabetes a customized mobile diabetes self-management and lifestyle-tracking tool. The BlueStar app is a product of WellDoc, a digital health technology company. It provides patients with reminders and tools to support behavioural and lifestyle changes while providing their primary care providers with trending data to help support their care plan. The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care will evaluate results of the pilot, which is funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

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Mental Well-Being

  • Fact: Mental illness affects 1 in 5 people every year – 2.8 million people in Ontario.
  • Fact: Wait lists for treatment are lengthy and access to mental health care is limited by specialist availability, geography and cost.

OTN is working with the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Lakeridge Health and Women’s College Hospital to pilot Big White Wall, a social media-based early intervention service for people with mental health problems. People with conditions such as depression, anxiety and social phobias can connect anonymously online for peer support and guidance from mental health clinicians. The service provides guided online courses based on cognitive behavioural therapy principles and individuals are encouraged to set goals and track progress. The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care will evaluate the results of the pilot, which is funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

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Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Fact: The number of people diagnosed with kidney failure has tripled over the past 20 years and demand for renal replacement therapy is growing rapidly.
  • Fact: Only 18% of dialysis patients in Canada currently use peritoneal dialysis while the Ontario Renal Network’s target for home independent dialysis is 40%.

OTN is partnering with the Lawson Health Research Institute to test a telemonitoring solution to improve the management of peritoneal dialysis at home for people with chronic kidney disease. The eQ Connect Solution is an app developed by eQOL Inc., a company launched through Toronto’s MaRS innovation hub. It is being tested by way of a trial led by the London Health Sciences Centre’s Kidney Care Centre. The app records data, automates the ordering of supplies, and provides educational content and video consults with the care team. The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) will measure experience and outcomes in a subset of patients over one year. The pilot is funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Submit your Solution

Are you a vendor or developer and think you have a digital solution that might be of interest to OTN? Reach out to our Innovation Team to discover how you can partner with OTN.

Be sure to also check our Calls to Market and Expressions of Interest.

CURRENT CALLS TO MARKET

There are no Calls to Market at this time. Please contact OTN for potential opportunities.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

There are no Expression of Interest requests at this time. Please contact OTN for potential opportunities.

Searching for a Solution?

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Are you a healthcare provider or organization who would like OTN to help curate digital solutions to address your needs? Please contact us.

PracticalApps.ca is a collaborative offering of OTN and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV). The site is designed to help family practitioners, as well as patients, identity quality apps for chronic conditions that support patient care. It also provides clinical support through expert videos. The reviews are conducted by family doctors who rate the apps according to a WIHV-developed framework that addresses features, effectiveness, usability, privacy and security, reliability and accessibility.

Visit the Practical Apps website to learn more

Important Information about Solution Formulary

The Solution Formulary offers healthcare providers and healthcare organizations proven virtual care solutions to support them to provide ‘patients first’ health care and support their practice. By way of the Solution Formulary, OTN provides guidance to providers and organizations with regard to which virtual care solutions and programs can best meet their needs and address their healthcare challenges, while also aiding in the procurement process. OTN’s due diligence includes evaluating the solutions’ clinical validity, usability, privacy and security posture, accessibility, safety and reliability.