Appropriateness and Best Practice

Key Actions:
  • Participate in Ministry identified opportunities in lab and diagnostic imaging to achieve efficiencies for patients and the Health System.
  • Participate in data collection, analysis and reporting to support provincial clinical quality (variation and appropriateness) improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in Physician Engagement Planning for each of the components of the Appropriateness Initiative, including discussion and adoption of a physician compact (and/or contract, and/or Medical Staff Rule, or policy) which includes participation in quality improvement.
  • Participate in Clinical pathways development/improvement to support the appropriateness strategy.

  • By March 31, 2018, there will be a 50% reduction in inappropriate services.

Improvement Targets:
  • By March 31, 2015, develop a provincial appropriateness framework strategy, implementation plan and accountability mechanisms.
  • By March 31, 2015, data analysis and reporting mechanisms are in place to capture and analyze baseline data that flows back to point of care.

Benefits of this Work:
  • This work focuses on reducing variation in patient treatment, and ensuring all health services experienced by a patient are appropriate and in accordance with best practice and provincial standards. This project aims to reduce cases of unnecessary services, duplication, and ultimately will improve the overall patient experience while ensuring health care resources are utilized appropriately.