Halton Healthcare adopts program for safer patient transitions between hospitals and LTC homes

The care co-ordination platform reduces the potential for: medication errors, difficulties in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, delays in treatment and care, and re-admissions to hospital




Halton Healthcare has joined Project AMPLIFI – an innovative project that helps create seamless, safer and faster transitions for patients moving between hospitals and long-term care homes.

Project AMPLIFI improves health outcomes for patients through their integrated care co-ordination platform that reduces the potential for: medication errors, difficulties in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, delays in treatment and care, and readmissions to hospital for this high-risk population.  

“Project AMPLIFI helps provide health-care providers with a fuller picture of the patient’s journey when they enter our hospitals for care,” said Chief Information and Digital Officer Brendan Kwolek.

“Our teams have worked together to ensure the data is accurate and that patient information is handled in a safe, private, and secure fashion. This has been a great partnership between our teams, informatics, pharmacy, our vendor (MEDITECH), the Project AMPLIFI team (from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton) and other organizations. We are looking forward to seeing more institutions come on board.”

AMPLIFI stands for the information obtained in a patient’s chart during a transfer: Allergies, Medications, Problem List and Immunizations For Integration (AMPLIFI). Project AMPLIFI is part of a broader initiative called Traverse Exchange Canada, a secure cloud-based network that enables the flow of health information between participating organizations.

Last month, Halton Healthcare joined 65 long-term care homes (LTCH) and MEDITECH Expanse hospitals (Queensway Carlton, Holland Bloorview, Care4 and the Mental Health Cluster) who are participating in this Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care funded project. 

“The exciting part is connecting the patient information from different care settings. Halton Healthcare looks after patients from neighbouring hospitals and LTCH that are geographically very close to us,” said Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Allan Lee.

“Project AMPLIFI helps with sharing of the patient’s medical history. For example, patients from LTCH may not be able to speak for themselves and this technology would facilitate the process. Having this information electronically delivered to the electronic medical record directly makes it easy for all clinicians to access, and it will not get lost in paper shuffle like a fax would.”

At points of transfer to or from a facility, a patient’s visit information will transmit into the electronic health record of the receiving long-term care facility or hospital. Shared information includes the patient’s encounter details, provider notes, laboratory, and imaging results, administered medications, discharge summaries and more.

This data provides caregivers a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s journey while minimizing the time required to gather information from external sources. It is not reliant on the patient’s recollection and therefore can help reduce errors or provide important information in an emergency.

Project AMPLIFI advances Halton Healthcare’s mission to provide integrated community hospital care by connecting patients with participating health care partners and allowing for a better patient experience.



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