Our vision is an integrated health system focused on the unique needs of Algoma residents, where people receive seamless, effective care where and when they need it.
We are a team of local health professionals, organizations, and community members working together towards a more integrated health system for Algoma residents.
The Algoma Ontario Health Team (AOHT) was officially formed in 2020 to improve coordination of care for Algoma communities. We’re working to create a network where patients will have access to the right care, right team, and right care setting when they need it. We want individuals to experience seamless transitions throughout their care journey in a system that is understandable, digitally-enabled, and collaborative.
The Algoma OHT will collaborate in a model of care that is person-centred, efficient, and simplified for both individuals and providers.
Our two priority areas are improving coordination of care for frail older adults and patients with chronic health conditions who would be better served in the community than in the emergency department.
Other focus areas include:
Mental health and addictions
Individuals without a primary care provider (unattached)
What is integrated care?
For our team, integrated care means coordinating efforts across health and social service organizations to improve the experience of Algoma residents. From a patient perspective, integrated care means receiving a continuum of connected services from one large team, regardless of where care, services, and resources are accessed.
Our team is focusing on the unique needs of Algoma residents in collaboration with patients, community members, caregivers, families, and health professionals to achieve our vision of an integrated health system in Algoma.
What is an Ontario Health Team?
The Algoma OHT is one of 42 OHTs approved by the Ministry of Health to support integrated care in Ontario.
The Ontario government is building a connected health care system centred around patients, families and caregivers. These changes will strengthen local services, making it easier for patients to navigate the system and transition between providers.
Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities. Under Ontario Health Teams, health care providers (including hospitals, doctors and home and community care providers) work as one coordinated team - no matter where they provide care.
Who we serve
Algoma’s vast geography and sparse population can create challenges for access to and delivery of health and social services. The total region covered by the AOHT is roughly 32,000 square kilometers, including 103,090 community members. Over 30% of these individuals reside in areas outside of Sault Ste. Marie.
OHT Building Block Framework (RISE Brief)
Ontario Health Team Information
Understanding Integrated Care (Nick Goodwin, 2016, International Journal of Integrated Care)