Notable TAHSN Collaborations:
Following its inception in 2010, the TAHSN Education Committee embarked on a collective Learner Engagement Initiative to administer a standardized survey to learners in all health disciplines across the TAHSN hospitals. The objective of this initiative was to enable the collection of data that would contribute to quality improvement, leveraging best practices, and benchmarking performance for comparison across the membership. To date, a full-year of pilot data has led to almost 5 000 responses from learners. TAHSN members have established learner engagement as a corporate performance indicator, and will leverage future reports to understand the profile and needs of learners, to in turn optimize the engagement of learners across TAHSN.
In 2011, the TAHSN Practice Committee embarked on a collective Senior Friendly Initiative focused on the prevention of functional decline in hospitalized elders through establishing a TAHSN network of scholarship for Senior Friendly Care. Following a comprehensive review of existing senior friendly practices at TAHSN hospitals, the Committee established that all hospitals have embedded senior friendly care as a priority within their institutions, and thereby endorsed the 48/6 model as a best practice to inform future initiatives. Since then, a TAHSN Senior Friendly Community of Practice (CoP) has been formed, to provide a platform for an interprofessional group of clinicians and clinical leadership from across the TAHSN membership to brainstorm and share ideas, experiences, and best practices to further enhance the provision of senior friendly care in TAHSN hospitals. In the year ahead, the CoP will specifically focus its efforts on interprofessional team building, dementia and addressing responsive behaviours in seniors.
Over the past 3 years, the TAHSN Medical Affairs Committee has identified the Automation and Harmonization of Physician Re-credentialing as a key priority. Leveraging a common approach, 8 TAHSN hospitals have implemented an IT system (CMaRS) that allows for physicians who are appointed at multiple TAHSN hospitals to complete their re-appointment application in an efficient and expedited manner. Through harmonization of the requirements for re-credentialing, over 10,000 privileged physicians at TAHSN hospitals can complete their re-appointment application in less than half the amount of time required in the past. The system provides a platform to expand the process to initial appointment and will allow for alignment with other system stakeholders such as the University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
The launch of MaRS Innovation (MI), formed in 2009 as a better way to capture the commercial potential of Toronto’s $1 billion in annual science and technology research spending since its inception. MI has since grown into a provincial resource, acting as the commercialization agent for the exceptional discovery pipeline from 16 leading Ontario academic institutions. In addition, MI is an easy gateway for investors and licensees who wish to gain access to technology assets in Ontario. Recently, four University of Toronto professors who have commercialization projects at various stages with MaRS Innovation were named to the University’s list of Inventors of the Year.
The Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA), established in 2009 as a new paradigm for collaborative research, exists to create an effective platform for consistent collection and interpretation of clinical data across member institutions. TDRA is working towards positioning itself as a Canadian research center of excellence in the prediction, diagnosis and management of neurocognitive disorders with a specific focus on dementia. Most recently, TDRA was the recipient of 3 peer-reviewed grants, totaling over $2.5M.