Success Story

New Decision Tool for COPD Better Identifies At-Risk Patients, Could Save System $115 Million

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital have developed a new clinical decision tool to assist ED physicians in better identifying at-risk patients with COPD. An economic analysis has shown that this could save Ontario's health care system $115 million over three years.... Read more >

The Transitional Discharge Model: People-Centred, Peer-Supported Project Impactful for Both System and Clients

Lawson launched the TDM project, which builds a bridge from hospital to community for people diagnosed with a mental illness, in 2013. Less than two years later, its impact on the system is measurable ‒ a 9.8-day reduction in hospital stays ‒ while the impact on clients is immeasurable.... Read more >

The Great White North: Ontario’s North as a Burgeoning Economic Driver

Something major is happening in northern Ontario, and it’s changing the landscape of health research in Ontario. With investment, two CAHO hospitals ‒ HSN and TBRHSC ‒ are driving the northern economy, employing many in highly skilled jobs, attracting top research talent and showing a healthy return on provincial backing. ... Read more >

Ontario Has the Choice to Make Positive Decisions

The Ontario fall economic statement made it clear that the government is committed to balancing the budget by 2017-2018. The annual Auditor General’s Report (December 2014) highlighted the fiscal challenge before Ontario. No doubt the Ontario government will have some difficult choices in the coming months leading up to the 2015 Budget.... Read more >

Researchers Find Important Cellular Clue that Could Lead to Preventive Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

CHEO researchers discover a mechanism that keeps blood sugar levels low in people with pre-diabetes and obesity. This important finding could lead to treatments that prevent Type 2 diabetes – good for patients in an era where diabetes rates are spiking; good for the health care system as it could translate into massive savings. ... Read more >

Attention Ontario’s Health Sector: The ARTIC Program is Seeking Proposals

The ARTIC Program is seeking proposals with the objective of spreading research evidence that has been proven and tested in at least one site and is ready to be applied across multiple organizations and/or sectors within Ontario. I’d like to add my voice, to spread the word and encourage people in our community to submit proposals. ... Read more >

On the Importance of Political and Legislative Champions

In less than two weeks, the Ontario Legislature will re-open. I’d like to take this opportunity to start a new dialogue with newly elected and returning members of the Legislature to underscore the importance of champions for health research in Ontario.... Read more >

Patient Tina Ceroni Tells the CAHO Catalyst How a Stem Cell Transplant Saved Her Life

Struck by a rare autoimmune disease characterized by life-threatening muscle stiffness and spasms, Toronto’s Tina Ceroni underwent a stem cell transplant at The Ottawa Hospital that chased the disease into remission. She tells her story to the CAHO Catalyst.... Read more >

Reflections on My First Year as CAHO Chair

This is a pivotal point in time: We are on the eve of the provincial general election and, as my first year as CAHO Chair folds into the remaining year, I’d like to reflect on the remarkable progress and achievements that we’ve realized this year, at the same time as reemphasize a call to action for a strengthened and sustainable health research enterprise. We’ve accomplished a great deal, but there’s more to do. ... Read more >

Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair, Choosing Wisely Canada, Talks with the CAHO Catalyst

The Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada, Dr. Wendy Levinson, sits down with the CAHO Catalyst to discuss this new national initiative, launched on April 2 and designed to facilitate safe and effective decisions surrounding high-quality health care. She also tackles some common misperceptions.... Read more >