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Impact stories speak to the difference we make working shoulder-to-shoulder with teams of healthcare leaders to improve health and care for all Canadians.

Central Health tackles care redesign for patients living with COPD
Working with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement through the AHC, Central Health set short-term goals of standardizing and enhancing the quality of COPD care, and improving patients’ self-confidence in their ability to manage their condition.
Western Health (Newfoundland) invests in better selfmanagement support for people living with diabetes
Working with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement through the AHC, Western Health developed a new approach to Diabetes care with self-management as its cornerstone. Focusing on each patient’s emotional health, patient input and staff training, the new approach incorporated many changes, including types of services offered, how services were delivered, referral mechanisms, and more.
Health PEI supports realistic behaviour change for Islanders living with chronic disease
Working with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) through the AHC, Health PEI standardized training sessions in chronic disease self-management to train their primary healthcare workers.
Blazing a TRAIL towards improved resident care
The project achieved success beyond the team’s expectations. Antipsychotic medications were reduced or discontinued in 56 percent of a cohort of 115 residents during the six-month implementation phase at three personal care homes.
IHI Triple Aim: Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Zone
By shifting 1,750 adults with addictions, mental health issues and chronic disease away from costly acute care and toward more affordable community care, AHS-Edmonton Zone estimates it was able to reduce the average healthcare costs per individual.
IHI Triple Aim: Women’s College Hospital
With the help of CFHI and the TAIC, the WCH team developed three complementary improvement projects to advance the Triple Aim for a population segment of high-needs and high-cost adults whose health care needs are better met outside of EDs and inpatient wards.
Keeping the frail and elderly out of emergency rooms
The establishment of transition nurses reduced emergency room visits, and improved the experience for patients, families and care providers.
Spreading ‘INSPIRED’ Approaches to COPD Care
‘INSPIRED’ takes a proactive approach to caring for patients living with advanced COPD and their families.
Transformative cardiac care model streamlines procedures and reduces wait times
New ICED program consolidated and standardized cardiac services across the health authority, increasing cardiac implants from 22 per week to 30 per week, reducing waitlist from 120 to 40 patients and meeting new wait time targets 80 percent of the time.
Project engages patients, families and staff to improve care
Improvement initiatives help Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance fast-track patient access to blood analysis.

Home care team in Edmonton finds that providing COPD education and support for clients in the community is a marathon worth running

Of the teams in the collaborative, only AHS addressed the issue from the community level and focused on clients who often remain homebound due to their breathlessness.

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