The Ontario Community Paramedicine Secretariat strives to support the larger paramedic community and their health system partners navigate a time of health care system transition. We would like to extend the invitation to join the provincial conversation about the role of community paramedicine programs in Ontario Health Teams. We are hosting a provincial meeting at the Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto on October 30, 2019. We are making the event available via live stream. We kindly ask that you extend this invitation to your health system partners and encourage them to join us in-person or online.
Register for live-stream: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-ontario-community-paramedicine-fall-meeting-tickets-74427782501
Across Ontario, paramedic services share common goals of helping patients navigate the health system so that they find the best care possible—care that may be better provided outside of the emergency department. Patients have embraced community paramedicine programs as an important component of maintaining their ability to live in the community and avoid hospital stays. Community paramedicine programs are one example of how paramedic services are making patient care a priority while working with health system partners.
Presently, over 90% of paramedic services have implemented community paramedicine programs that provided care to approximately 50,000 patients last year. Most paramedic services have adopted multi-dimensional strategies for community paramedicine programs by adapting, spreading, and expanding the original 30 programs that were funded by the Ministry as demonstration projects in 2014 so that over 140 programs are being run today.
New community paramedicine program models have emerged that involve care transitions and safe discharging from hospital, assisting in providing palliative care, supporting patients on waitlists for long-term care, strengthening the provision of public health services, and adding more responsiveness for health system partners. All of these reasons make community paramedicine an important component of the integrated approach to care being built through Ontario Health Teams.
The agenda for the day will include presentations from paramedic services with community paramedicine programs who have exemplified successful health system partnerships and integration through Remote Patient Monitoring, Mental Health and Addiction support, to providing support to vulnerable communities as they experienced natural disasters, among more. Finally, there will be opportunity for discussion on the role of community paramedicine in Ontario Health Team Applications.