Outcomes and impact
Over the past six months, Own Health in collaboration with NWT OHT has made significant progress, with 112 patients from LTCs and the community receiving Limb-Preservation Care, circumventing countless ER visits. This system has resulted in an 80% reduction in ER visits related to foot wounds and a 60% reduction in hospital admissions for the same issue.
Particularly noteworthy are the achievements within the LTC pathways. Although not all complex wounds can be completely healed, due to patient factors and other determinants of health, we are still able to provide meaningful care, and symptom improvement, which prevent costly transfers for hospital-based and specialist services. Moreover, Own Health has taken pioneering steps by becoming the first surgeons to regularly attend LTCs, delivering care to residents while facilitating communication with families in order to promote an understanding their loved ones' health condition and care goals. We have also extended support to community centers such as Black Creek and Unison - organizations that serve patients with limited resources and often no access to OHIP, demonstrating our commitment to these underserved populations despite financial constraints.
Looking ahead, the partnership between Own Health and NWT OHT remains strong, with plans to submit funding proposals to expand and scale our integrated care pathways. Our future initiatives include deploying an HCCSS pathway similar to pathways established in Mississauga, fine-tuning the pathway for LTCs, and seeking monetization strategies and funding support to continue to develop and sustain this work.