Endoscopy Project - Current State

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South West Endoscopy Project

Click here to read Current State of Outpatient GI Endoscopy Services in the South West Region (Nov 01, 2014)

Project Overview

The South West LHIN is working together with the South West Regional Cancer Program and 28 hospital sites in the region to identify, evaluate and improve the way outpatient endoscopy services and follow-up care is delivered across the South West.

The aim of the project is:
By 2016, decrease the variation of wait times and volumes and implement best practices in the GI Endoscopy services delivered in the South West LHIN. This will be accomplished through a detailed examination and review of the location, organization and service delivery variation in outpatient GI Endoscopy services across the region. Key drivers of this work include:

  • Clinical services planning
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Implementation of Health System Funding Reform (HSFR)
  • Quality based procedures for key health care services

This project includes implementation of best practice guidelines according to the Guideline for Colonoscopy Quality Assurance in Ontario (Tinmouth, 2013) and the GI Endoscopy Quality Based Procedure Clinical Handbook (Cancer Care Ontario & Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Province of Ontario, 2013), a capacity assessment, and identification of key enablers to meet project goals and maximize the use of system resources.

The development of a LHIN wide approach to GI Endoscopy will ensure local service delivery needs and programs within regional hospitals are aligned to the South West LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan, and will ensure that services within the South West are delivered at the right time, in the right place and by the right provider.