Shaping the future of health care

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at a couple of engagements outside of Osler – the Brampton Board of Trade and the Economic Club of Canada. It was a great opportunity to showcase Osler with some very influential business leaders and talk about the ways we are transforming health care. Here are some of the key points I shared with audiences outside of the business of health care.

  1. It’s no secret that health care is becoming an increasingly more expensive service to deliver. If we continue along the current path, it is projected to increase by another 40% by 2017/18. We, as health care providers, must do something to slow down the growth curve.  There’s been a tremendous amount of focus on solving this issue. The Drummond report alone included 105 recommendations.
  2. Is it possible to increase quality in a sustainable manner? In healthcare, it is often assumed that increased quality and access to care can only be achieved with the addition of extra dollars.  Other industries have grappled with this concern. We must learn from successful business strategies in other industries not only to provide a better service to patients, but also to save the system money in the process.
  3. Osler is positioned to take a leadership role in introducing innovative models of care. Osler is the largest health care provider in the region.  As a community hospital – it is our job to provide a set of core services to ensure we meet everyone’s fundamental health care needs.  This includes our surgery, medicine, critical care, emergency, ambulatory care and rehabilitation programs.  In addition, we have focused on services which reflect the most prevalent health care issues in the communities we serve, such as diabetes.
  4. Innovative models of care lead to better health outcomes. Being bold and implementing new models of care that aren’t mired in the traditional views of what health care looks like presents sustainable opportunities for Osler. A prime example of how Osler is transforming health care is the re-development of Peel Memorial. Osler is shifting traditional thinking about health care and keeping pace with community needs. Families are growing, more of us are living with chronic conditions, and people are living longer. The Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness will provide the community timely access to physicians and nurses for urgent health needs and proactive care to manage chronic conditions.

At this time in Osler’s history, we have some exciting opportunities to help shape the future of health care.