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Posted November 11, 2009
Health Innovation

Ontario Announces Finalists For Health Care Innovation Awards

Ontario Government Celebrates Annual Showcase Of Health Care Initiatives

Ontario is celebrating innovations in health care with its fourth annual showcase of original initiatives that are delivering better patient care across the province.

Some of the finalists include innovations that improve care for people with dementia, aboriginals with diabetes and homeless pregnant women. Presented by HealthAchieve, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, the award winners will be announced at the Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo on Nov. 18 in Toronto.

Award finalists have been determined for each of these six categories:

• Meeting Community Needs Through Integrated Care
• Improving Quality and Patient Safety
• Improving Efficiency Through Process Redesign
• Innovations in Health Information Management
• Innovations in Health Human Resources
• Innovations in Health Promotion

"This inspiring event is an opportunity to showcase innovations that play a very important part in building a sustainable modern health care system. I am proud to recognize the hard work of Ontario's health care providers."
– Deb Matthews Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Celebrating Innovations In Health Care Expo 2009 Finalists

Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2009 showcases some of the leading initiatives underway in support of Ontario's health care system. More than 200 exhibitors will promote creative ideas to address important health care issues. The Expo presents an opportunity to share knowledge and generate the potential for new approaches to improve health care delivery for Ontarians.

The 2009 Innovations in Health Care Awards are presented in recognition of outstanding
innovation in six designated categories. This year's finalists are:

Meeting Community Needs Through Integrated Care
- St. Michael's Hospital
My Baby and Me: Infant Passport for Young Pregnant Homeless Women
- Young Carers Initiative
Powerhouse Project
- Carefirst Seniors
Scarborough Kidney Health Initiative (SKHI)

Improving Quality and Patient Safety
- Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Strategies to Support Long-Term Care Staff in the Uptake of Best Practices
- Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA)
Effective Front-Line Dementia Education to Improve Safety and Quality of Care
- Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre
Natural Bowel Care Program

Improving Efficiency Through Process Redesign
- St. Michael's Hospital
Getting Results through Collaboration in Action
- The Hospital for Sick Children
Leveraging Leadership to Execute and Sustain Notable Access to Care
- Hamilton Health Sciences
DefinePDSA: Incorporating Selected Improvement Tools in Outpatient Clinics

Innovations in Health Promotion
- VON Canada
Caregiver-Connect.ca: An Innovative Approach to Service for Family Caregivers
- Northern Diabetes Health Network (NDHN)
Northern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (NOADI)
- St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Centre
Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.)

Innovations in Health Information Management
- Mount Sinai Hospital
Innovation in Real-Time Reporting of Utilization and Performance in the Emergency
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
eSheet - Just What The Doctor Ordered!
- Fig.P Software Incorporated and McMaster University
Registries-Based CDMS for Systematic and Equitable Patient Care Improvement

Innovations in Health Human Resources
- Rouge Valley Health System
Neonatal and Paediatric Orientation Program Designed for the New Graduate
- St. Michael's Hospital
Evolution in Practice, Roles and Responsibilities of ACPAC Program APPs
- County of Elgin - Terrace Lodge
Terrace Lodge Coaches - Mentor Team Program

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