CST and the journey to automatic interdisciplinary plans of care

Interdisciplinary Plans of Care teamCST’s Quality and Professional Practice Advisory Group has selected an initial 25 interdisciplinary plans of care (IPOCs), from more than 1,200 that exist today across VCH, PHSA and PHC, for inclusion in the new clinical information system.

This was a major collaborative achievement between the three health organizations. It was spearheaded by the Professional Practice leads Rosa Hart  (PHC) as well as Alison Swalwell-Franks (PHSA), and Lorraine Blackburn (VCH).  

These plans are important because they help to coordinate care by ensuring the entire interdisciplinary team understands specific problems or clinical conditions pertaining to the patient.

“The new clinical information system will automatically suggest screening questions to ask the patient on admission and a plan of care may be suggested following this action. The care team can then choose to implement the plan of care and customize it if necessary,” explains Rosa Hart, former CST Director.

“At the moment we do not have an automated process for plans of care and this move to an electronic model will help increase efficiency and consistency, and subsequently provide safer patient care.”

“The process included assessing the plans against set criteria, including: a quality rating, alignment with best practice and adherence to Ministry of Health requirements. The degree of overlap between VCH, PHSA and PHC was also a major consideration and we ultimately chose the plans that represented the greatest impact for our efforts,” says Rosa. 

This is just the first step. The Clinical Documentation Design team is now working with content experts, from groups across VCH, PHSA and PHC, to establish a working group for each identified interdisciplinary plan of care. More plans will be identified for inclusion in the future.

Christine Jerrett, Senior Manager, Clinical Informatics, says the biggest challenge now is transitioning to a new way of thinking.

“We need to work out how to do what we currently do in an electronic system including how to best utilize the new functionality at our disposal.” 

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