Bridgepoint and North York CCAC join IT
TORONTO – As part of ongoing efforts to improve and strengthen the
coordination of healthcare services, Bridgepoint Health and the North
York Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) are the latest healthcare
providers to join the IT partnership established by
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Toronto Community Care Access Centre and
University Health Network.
“We see this partnership as a unique opportunity to work with other
providers to improve access to care by providing a more seamless sharing
of health information across the continuum. The expansion of the
partnership allows for further system integration, including the sharing
of research and knowledge, all of which ultimately benefit the patient,”
says Marian T. Walsh (pictured at left), president and CEO of Bridgepoint Health.
“Joining with other providers to improve care and service is in keeping
with Bridgepoint’s own strategic plan for information services, which is
focused on integration and partnership,” said Walsh.
The partnership between the five organizations supports the Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s initiative to provide a
continuum of care by establishing integrated services and healthcare
teams. In turn, this will help improve wait times, enhance patient
safety and make better utilization of regional infrastructure.
“This initiative supports our government’s goal of creating a seamless
and integrated healthcare system,” said Health and Long-Term Care
Minister George Smitherman.
To start, the five organizations are establishing a shared technology
service that supports the healthcare information needs of the respective
organizations. This means that more than 13,000 health-care workers will
be able to access patient records confidentially online, providing care
in a more seamless, timely fashion.
“A shared system offers healthcare workers a more complete picture of
patients’ needs as they move across the healthcare continuum.
Ultimately, they will be able to more readily discharge patients that no
longer require hospital care, freeing up beds and reducing wait times,”
said Linda Stark, interim executive director for the North York CCAC.
“In the end, it’s the patient that wins through quality of care, service
The integration of a health record that spans community, rehabilitation,
specialized complex continuing, primary and acute care, as well as the
seamless referral processes between the participating healthcare
organizations, are just some of the benefits Bridgepoint Health and the
North York CCAC realize from this initiative.
“An integrated, electronic health record provides authorized access to
complete health information in real-time, which is a true benefit to
both patients and their healthcare providers,” said Steve Banyai, chief
information officer, Bridgepoint Health.
For its part, Bridgepoint Health is an integrated health services
organization focused on providing a continuum of care for patients in
the Greater Toronto Area who require complex care and complex
Bridgepoint Health comprises Bridgepoint Hospital, Bridgepoint Health
Research Institute, Bridgepoint Centre for Living (a
soon-to-be-constructed complex care and long-term care centre),
Bridgepoint Community Rehab (a not-for-profit community-based
rehabilitation service), and Bridgepoint Health Foundation, which
supports the programming and development goals of Bridgepoint Health
The North York Community Care Access Centre provides in-home health
care, access to long term placement, information and referral services
to residents of North York. It helps people of all ages and cultures
receive assistance and care in their own homes by working with family
members, caregivers and other healthcare organizations.
St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital is an Ontario leader in providing
specialized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for adults
recovering from multiple traumatic injuries, organ transplants,
amputations, cardiovascular surgery, strokes, complex neurological and
orthopaedic conditions. The Hospital is also the site of Canada’s only
burn rehabilitation program.
The Toronto Community Care Access Centre provides health and social
support services to residents living within the geographical area of the
old City of Toronto. The community is complex and challenging in its
ethnic and cultural diversity, and the great variations in economic
circumstances, ranging from great wealth to circumstances of poverty.
The Toronto CCAC is located in a dynamic urban centre with the largest
number of hospitals in the country. It is the largest referral site for
patients from Toronto hospitals.
University Health Network is a major Canadian healthcare system and a
teaching partner of the University of Toronto. The UHN comprises three
remarkable hospitals, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital
and Princess Margaret Hospital, bringing together the innovation, talent
and resources needed to achieve global impact on the healthcare scene
and to provide exemplary patient care.