Attendees will develop an understanding of the barriers faced by some older adults with serious mental illness and other chronic conditions. They will learn about the approach developed by John Gibson House (JGH) and Village FHT to improve health outcomes for this very difficult to serve and vulnerable population. Application of technology such as OTN and secure email will be discussed.
This holistic and comprehensive approach has resulted in medication adjustments/decreases, new diagnoses and follow up treatments. Homebound patients, who refused to see a family physician for years now receive in-house services. Daily OTN monitoring enables staff to intervene earlier. The number of:
Secure email communication between JGH and VFHT supported rapid response to Flu Outbreak (2014/2015). The coordinated care enabled patients to receive prompt treatment, daily updates were easily facilitated and preventative measures (Tamiflu) were accessible to all patients.