We like to call the Integrated Care Collaborative (ICC) the quiet revolution taking place inside health. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals from the hospital and community are planning health care together and crossing traditional boundaries to ensure people get safer and more effective care as close to home as possible. It is also looking at using modern technology smarter so that we can provide more pro-active individualised health care to people that is community centred. For the consumer not only does this mean that its more accessible and tailored to their individual needs, but they now have better options to help them remain well and take a more active role in their own health decisions. It's a win-win for the DHB, GPs and patients as we can provide better, sooner, more convenient health care.
The Collaborative's overarching approach is to work across the entire sector with the aim of improving quality, safety and timeliness of care, while improving outcomes, reducing inequity, and ensuring services deliver value for money. The ICC has agreed a methodology for solving problems and how to work together effectively. The opportunity for sustainability as a health system is to minimise the need for acute care. This is being achieved through identified opportunities for key communities:
- Older Persons
- Long Term Conditions
- Mental Health
Underpinning these are cross-population efforts to make our services more efficient when individuals are acutely unwell, and to support the population with proactive care through better information and communication.
If you would like any further information contact:
Jon Herries – (04) 806 2424