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Indicators & Change Ideas

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Explore the quality indicators being tracked by health care organizations in Ontario through Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs), and evidence-based change ideas to help improve them. Connect with others to share your experiences and ideas of your own.

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Time to inpatient bed

Time to inpatient bed reflects patient flow in the hospital. It may be influenced by many factors, including the availability of inpatient beds, the alternate level of care rate, the patient population and the hospital’s resources.

Click here to visit Health Quality Ontario’s Indicator Library to view how to measure this indicator.


Key resources

Achieving Hospital-wide Patient Flow: The Right Care, in the Right Place at the Right Time by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Change Ideas

Optimize patient flow throughout the hospital


Reduce avoidable hospital readmissions to increase bed availability

  • Emphasize education and resources for patients and families with unplanned admission
    Process measure: Percent of patients in the unplanned admission group that received education and resources prior to discharge
    Process measure: Percent of patients who responded positively to the question: "Did you receive enough information from hospital staff about what to do if you are worried about your condition or treatment after you left the hospital?"
    Patient-oriented discharge summaries by University Health Network OpenLab
  • Follow the Health Links approach to care for patients with complex care needs
    Process measure: Number of individuals living with multiple chronic conditions and/or complex needs with a new, first coordinated care plan developed through the Health Links approach to care in the sub-region
    Review Health Quality Ontario's Health Links resources, including the Transitions between Hospital and Home Innovative Practices Guide
  • Send discharge summaries to primary care providers within 48 h
    Process measure: Percentage of discharge summaries that are successfully received by primary care provider
    eNotifications in OntarioMD's Health Reports Manager

Time to inpatient bed

Time to inpatient bed reflects patient flow in the hospital. It may be influenced by many factors, including the availability of inpatient beds, the alternate level of care rate, the patient population and the hospital’s resources.

Click here to visit Health Quality Ontario’s Indicator Library to view how to measure this indicator.


Key resources

Achieving Hospital-wide Patient Flow: The Right Care, in the Right Place at the Right Time by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Change Ideas

Optimize patient flow throughout the hospital


Reduce avoidable hospital readmissions to increase bed availability

  • Emphasize education and resources for patients and families with unplanned admission
    Process measure: Percent of patients in the unplanned admission group that received education and resources prior to discharge
    Process measure: Percent of patients who responded positively to the question: "Did you receive enough information from hospital staff about what to do if you are worried about your condition or treatment after you left the hospital?"
    Patient-oriented discharge summaries by University Health Network OpenLab
  • Follow the Health Links approach to care for patients with complex care needs
    Process measure: Number of individuals living with multiple chronic conditions and/or complex needs with a new, first coordinated care plan developed through the Health Links approach to care in the sub-region
    Review Health Quality Ontario's Health Links resources, including the Transitions between Hospital and Home Innovative Practices Guide
  • Send discharge summaries to primary care providers within 48 h
    Process measure: Percentage of discharge summaries that are successfully received by primary care provider
    eNotifications in OntarioMD's Health Reports Manager