The Niagara Ontario Health Team – Équipe Santé Ontario Niagara (NOHT-ESON), was one of the 31 teams invited to move forward to submit a full application.
On October 9, 2019 the Niagara Ontario Health Team – Équipe Santé Ontario Niagara (NOHT-ESON), composed of over 44 participants from a broad range of health care, the community support sector and social services – which included 60 Primary Care Physicians, as well as patients/clients, families and caregivers, submitted the full application to the Ministry of Health.
The provincial government’s Ministry of Health has announced a new vision for health care in Ontario. A key element of their strategy involves setting up Ontario Health Teams, or OHTs, which the government has defined as groups of care providers and organizations that are clinically and financially accountable for delivering a full and coordinated continuum of care to a defined population.
The goal for the OHTs is a health-care system where patients, clients, families and caregivers can seamlessly transition between services (such as moving in or out of hospital, coordinating home and community care with their family doctor, and transitioning to long term care), as well as having better access to their health care records, and being active partners in care decisions.
The evolution to OHTs is happening in stages. The first stage asked health-care providers and agencies across the province to complete a ‘self-assessment’ on how they can work together to form an OHT in their geographic area. After the Ministry’s review of the 157 self-assessments submitted from across the province, 31 teams have been invited to submit a full application and 43 teams have been invited to continue developing their self-assessments in order to move to a full application in the future (‘in development’).