Ottawa has a 31-bed palliative care unit (PCU) and two residential adult hospices (total 19 beds). In 2013, we initiated a project to improve the referral and triage processes to these beds. Previously, there were two separate paper-based systems with duplication, inefficiencies, delays and inappropriate patient placements. The multipronged approach included clarifying the respective roles of the PCU and hospices, creating a single referral and triage office and developing an e-platform. We leveraged technology that was available in the public-funded system. This paper describes the development processes, lessons learned, and the final system, referred to as System to Manage Access, Referrals and Triage (SMART).

dx.doi.org/10.12927/hcq.2018.25420
Healthcare quarterly (Toronto, Ont.)
School of Social Work

Pereira, J. (José), Greene, K. (Kathy), Sullivan, L. (Lisa), Zinkie Mendis, S. (Samantha), Rutkowski, N. (Nicole), Lawlor, P. (Peter), & Grassau, P. (2018). A Technology-Enabled Solution to Manage Referrals to Hospice and Palliative Care Beds: The Ottawa SMART System as a Case Study. Healthcare quarterly (Toronto, Ont.), 20(4), 63–67. doi:10.12927/hcq.2018.25420