Becoming a learning health system: The New Brunswick Health Care System Strategy. Pilot project: Seniors’ Health Learning Clinic Unit - Devenir un système de santé apprenant : la stratégie d’un réseau de santé au Nouveau-Brunswick. | UNB

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Becoming a learning health system: The New Brunswick Health Care System Strategy. Pilot project: Seniors’ Health Learning Clinic Unit - Devenir un système de santé apprenant : la stratégie d’un réseau de santé au Nouveau-Brunswick. Projet pilote - Unité clinique apprenante Santé des aînés.

Lead organization: Government of New Brunswick, Department of Health and Vitalité Health Network

Principle investigator(s): Brigitte Sonier-Ferguson

About the project:

The issue

Health care and services for seniors are seriously fragmented in our system. Our project is seeking to create a learning clinic unit for seniors’ health to put an end to silos and ensure that stakeholders are aligned in matters pertaining to seniors’ health. The unit consists of a community of patients, doctors, health care professionals, decision makers, researchers and relevant partners. This group identifies and prioritizes major problems in the continuum of seniors’ care and works together to identify solutions based on research and evidence data.

The importance

We have consulted with patients, senior management, medical and clinical leaders and health care teams of the Vitalité Health Network. The services and health care provided are focused on patients to better meet the acute needs of an aging population. There is a huge sense of urgency with respect to the system’s ability to address challenges confronting seniors. It has also been noted that current health care and services are not adapted to seniors. We have also identified seniors as a strategic priority for our organization.

What makes this project different

Our project will be offering new initiatives focused on senior patients. For example, these initiatives will deal with needs relating to health care, services provided, accessibility to services, etc.

Anticipated impacts

Our project affects the health care system:

  • Organizational changes in the Vitalité Health Network;
  • Increasingly integrated services;
  • Better patient management;
  • More commitment from doctors and health care professionals to research and training;
  • Better health results and a reduction in health care costs for seniors.

Our pilot project has three programs for the senior population. Individually, these initiatives will bring changes for the senior population such as:

  • Primary health care services nearby;
  • Better perception of their health;
  • Fewer visits to emergency and readmissions to hospital and shorter visits to the hospital;
  • More people 65 and over living at home and better health management

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