The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) with the participation of 17 regional health authorities and the support of four Atlantic provincial Health departments, have announced the launch of the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement in Chronic Disease (Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration), a three-year initiative that runs to June 2015.
“This is one of the most important healthcare collaborations ever to take root in Atlantic Canada,” said Chris Power, president and CEO Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, NS. “The Atlantic partners want to create a patient and family centred approach to manage and prevent chronic diseases, and we believe we will have far greater success by sharing information, than by working in isolation.”
Finding viable ways to enhance health delivery will be at the heart of this process, which will initially involve eight of the regional health authorities tackling 11 improvement projects. Participants will delve into a gamut of challenges touching the patient/family continuum of care: everything from how to enhance education for healthcare providers tasked with early diagnosis, to improving the navigation system for clients, to identifying gaps in care.
“CFHI, along with our partners, believes we can realize health improvements through collaboration on this scale, for a modest investment,” said Maureen O’Neil, president, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. “The most significant investment is the leadership and commitment of our Atlantic partners.”
According to the latest data released from Statistics Canada¹, Atlantic Canada experiences higher rates of self-reported chronic diseases (mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.) than the rest of the country. Mortality from cardiovascular disease is higher in Atlantic Canada as compared to other parts of the country (33 per cent versus 30 per cent). The prevalence of diabetes is also higher (seven per cent versus six per cent). Among the Atlantic Provinces, Nova Scotia ranks highest for respiratory ailments (6.3 per cent) and reports more new cases of cancer (0.5 per cent versus 0.4 per cent). When it comes to mental health, more people in New Brunswick rate their mental health as fair or poor as compared to the Canadian average (5.7 per cent versus 5 per cent).
Between now and December 31, 2013, the participating regional health authorities will contribute up to $250,000 to support the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration, in addition to CFHI’s contribution of $325,000 and the in-kind support of the Health Association Nova Scotia.
1. Source: Statistics Canada. 2012. Health Profile. Statistics Canada Catalogue No. 82-228-XWE. Ottawa. Released June 19, 2012. http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/health-sante/82-228/index.cfm?Lang=E