EFFECTIVE VIRTUAL SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT WOUND CARE BEST PRACTICES, RESOURCE USE, AND COMMUNICATION

Wound Care Solutions

Wounds are challenging to treat and a significant burden to the healthcare system. Limited financial resources, staffing issues, and patient travel also pose challenges. Unresolved, they can trigger or worsen other health issues. Effective virtual solutions are available to support wound care best practices, resource use, and communication.

Supporting the wound care process

The rising prevalence of patients requiring wound care is growing in Ontario. There is limited wound care expertise available, especially in rural and remote regions. Innovative strategies are required to address the growing need and costs to support patients with complex wounds. The estimated total cost of wounds in Ontario is over $1 billion and improved practices could save at least $100 million, according to the Ontario Hospital Association.

There is compelling evidence to suggest that virtual wound care solutions can help support the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Patients First mandate, as well as the achievement of Health Quality Ontario’s wound care quality standards.

Key Benefits

Faster healing
Quicker access to wound support means reduced healing times – and reduced pain and need for hospitalization – and reduced costs for wound care management

Access
Mobile solutions support the patient-specialist connection, regardless of patient geographic location

Best practice
The solutions support clinical best practice guidelines and are embedded in the clinical pathway

Satisfaction
Decreased time to heal means increased quality of life for patients, as well boosted satisfaction for caregivers and healthcare providers

Evidence

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.

Vendor of Record

OTN has validated three vendors offering mature and market tested wound care tools that help to improve workflow efficiencies, support efficient resource use, and improve communication within the circle of care and with the patient.

A rigorous process was applied to identify and qualify these third-party virtual care solutions. An innovative procurement approach was used to establish a provincial Vendor of Record, supported by all 14 of Ontario’s LHINs and Canada Health Infoway, that can be readily utilized by Broader Public Sector organizations to acquire these virtual care solutions.

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