In effort to move forward with the plan to create a more integrated and connected health care system centered around the patient, the Ontario government has passed legislation to implement a centralized agency of health oversight called: Ontario Health. Ontario Health will be created through consolidating multiple provincial health agencies and organizations.
Within Ontario Health,Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) will be established across the province through a collaboration of local providers or organizations, who will be clinically and fiscally responsible for delivering a coordinated care to a defined geographic population. The ultimate goal of Ontario Health Teams is to “provide better, more integrated care across the province.”
Among 74 full application submissions, the first cohort of 24 Ontario Health Teams have been announced. A few applicants have been noted as offering innovative care models. Teams that are in development will continue to be supported by the Ministry to ensure they are able to proceed to the full application stage. Self-assessment intake and invitations to complete full applications will continue on a regular cycle until full provincial coverage is reached and every Ontarian is supported by an Ontario Health Team. The next invitation for full application submissions will begin in March 2020.
More information about Ontario Health Teams and next steps for province-wide implementation can be found at the OHT web page. If you have questions about Ontario Health Teams, email email@example.com.