November 2, 2017

4 Must Reads for Patient Safety Week

There are many qualities that distinguish high-quality patient care. It should be responsive, timely, and carefully coordinated (to name a few). We’d also put “safe” high up on the list. The truth is, we take it for granted that patients are safe—whether they’re being cared for in a hospital, long term care facility, or at home. But safety in healthcare
October 26, 2017

Ontario’s New Health Care Announcement: Is It Enough?

Earlier this week, Ontario’s health minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that the province is making 1,200 more hospital beds available across Ontario. Of course, news that hospitals can take on more patients is always greeted with enthusiasm. But Monday’s announcement was also aimed at another crucial part of many patients’ care journeys: transitioning back into the community. Specifically, the new funding
October 19, 2017

Communicating With An Elderly Loved One? Go Digital.

Does your elderly loved one live alone? If so, you probably worry. It’s not that your family member is incapable. It’s just that, as we age, certain things become more challenging. Of course, there are the activities of daily living, such as eating and bathing. But there’s another task that can become trickier as we age: socializing. If you’re concerned
October 13, 2017

4 Aging in Place Challenges Your Parent May Face at Home

Is your aging parent dealing with worsening health, mobility, or cognitive issues? If the answer is yes, it’s natural to be worried. And if your mom or dad lives alone, then your worry probably takes up a good deal of mental energy. Today, many older adults who face aging-related challenges are choosing to continue living independently. There’s a term for
October 5, 2017

4 Reasons To Attend the HealthAchieve Trade Show

HealthAchieve 2017 will be kicking off in Toronto on November 6th. If you’re a health care leader, you may be heading to the conference. An impressive roster of keynote speakers and the chance to network with other decision-makers in your sector are reason enough to attend. That said, we think you should check out the trade show, too. Because being
September 28, 2017

How To Support a Loved One Who’s in Long-Term Care

Placing a loved one in a long-term care can be a difficult process. The realization that a facility is the best place for your spouse or parent can bring on feelings of sadness, anxiety, and guilt. Unfortunately, these feelings probably won’t disappear immediately. Once the one you love enters a long-term care home, you’re bound to continue worrying. The good
September 21, 2017

4 Ways to Build Family Support for Patients Via Mobile App

If you’re a care coordinator, you pride yourself on the connections you form with patients. As a result, you may be hesitant to use new technology to communicate with them. After all, it’s often the ability to reach out and touch somebody that means the most. A patient’s family members may have similar concerns. The brother and daughter who can’t
September 14, 2017

LTC Homes: It’s Time to Fix the Care Plan Approval Process

It’s one of the most delicate issues in long term care. In most facilities, there are residents who just don’t have the capacity to make their own personal care decisions. In these cases, a substitute decision maker must be appointed. This person—whether she’s a family member or some other individual with power of attorney—needs to sign off on all care
September 12, 2017

4 Things Care Coordinators Want Ontarians To Understand

Are you a care coordinator? If so, you fill a relatively new (though crucial) position. So it’s easy to understand why there are so many misconceptions about what you do. Patients and their family members may be confused about the scope of your role. What is it appropriate for them to ask you for? Are you there to impose rules
August 31, 2017

4 Posts that Prove Telehealth is Far From Dead

Is telehealth dead? The question isn’t new. In recent years, many health care commentators have proclaimed the demise of telehealth. We find this odd, given that experts continue to forecast explosive growth. Consider this Accenture report from 2016, which predicts that telehealth will be a billion dollar industry by 2018 in the United states. This finding came as no surprise to
August 24, 2017

4 Aetonix Posts Care Coordinators Need to Read Today

In Ontario and across Canada, home care landscapes are changing. The needs of patients are shifting, and frontline practitioners are being confronted by a whole lot of new challenges. At Aetonix, we regularly explore what these changes mean for care coordinators. Compared to most health care professionals, care are coordinators fill a relatively new role. If you occupy one of these
August 17, 2017

Ontario Doctors Still Struggle with Care Coordination

A recent report from Health Quality Ontario contained some worrying insights. Chief among them: many of the province’s primary care physicians struggle with care coordination. How can this be? In recent years, policymakers have placed major emphasis on helping patients navigate the health care system. They’ve recognized the role care coordination plays in patient-centred care. Unfortunately, change takes time. And
August 10, 2017

4 Barriers to Care Coordination—and How Technology Can Help

Ontario is seeing an influx of complex patients. And their needs pose a serious challenges to the province’s health care system. In this new climate, practitioners must work together across care provider organizations. As a result, care coordination has never been more critical. Luckily, there are many devoted professionals who are dedicated to finding patient-centred solutions. Care coordinators and case
August 8, 2017

3 Quick Foot Care Resources for Diabetic Patients

For many wound care nurses, assessing and managing diabetic foot ulcers is a massive challenge. Each year, nearly 2,000 Ontarians undergo amputation as a result of these wounds. This statistic is frustrating for practitioners—especially because the outcome is usually avoidable. In many cases, foot ulcers are preventable. And when they’re caught in time, they can often be treated effectively. Yet they
August 3, 2017

Health Care Project Managers: Here’s the Key to Scaling Up

Health care project managers carry the weight of a lot of responsibility. Planning, overseeing, and evaluating initiatives that have a direct impact on the health of Ontarians is no small feat. No matter what organization she works for, a project manager has to see the big picture—and be aware of the details. She has to know when to delegate, while