BORN team members Paula Morrison and Mike Kotuba recently attended the 2016-2017 Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) IGNITE award ceremony. On behalf of BORN, Paula and Mike received the award for Enhancing Service Excellence. The ceremony, which took place in Toronto on September 14, 2017, recognizes those who exhibit an outstanding commitment to delivering service excellence to children and youth and their families.
Paula and Mike, as well as Shelley Kennedy - Manager of Health Outcomes - are part of the BORN-ISCIS Healthy Baby Healthy Children (HBHC) Pilot Team. The HBHC Screen is a tool completed by health care professionals to identify families with children at risk of negative developmental outcomes.
The focus of the pilot was the postnatal period – health care partners (nurses, midwives, etc.) complete the HBHC Screen after the birth of a baby. Prior to the pilot, health care partners manually completed a hard copy of the HBHC Screen and faxed or manually transported it to a Public Health Unit where it was then entered into another database (the Integrated Services for Children Information System). Faxing, aside from being antiquated, often resulted in transcription errors, legibility issues, and transmission delays - especially problematic for a time-sensitive screen. The risk of a privacy breach was also inherent.
This pilot project leveraged the BORN Information System’s infrastructure and existing data collection mechanisms to improve the transfer of the HBHC Screen (i.e. speed, security) and improve the data quality. The success of this pilot led to the Provincial e-HBHC Initiative funded by MCYS.
What does this improvement in technology mean for Ontario families?
Timely identification of risks that could affect a child's healthy development
Support to find the right community programs and services