Sustainable Eye Care – How to Adjust Increasing Need to Limited Resources

Sustainable Eye Care – How to Adjust Increasing Need to Limited Resources

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Activity details

Regional strategy for prevention of permanent visual disability caused by chronic eye diseases through capacity building in specialist care, the coordination of eye care horizontally across various care providers and vertically between authorities at local, regional and national level. A new eye care model is developed that integrates clinical criteria into policy; patient segmentation on the basis of risk for visual disability; streamlining of decision processes and standardization of care; task differentiation (extended nursing roles) and staff training. This regional approach relies on a financial innovation that defines an upper limit on annual growth in health care budget which is enforced regardless of national economic condition.
Action Group:
Objective:
Lead organisation name: 
Tays Eye Centre
Organisation country:
Contact person: 
Anja Tuulonen
Contact person email: 
anja.tuulonen@pshp.fi
Activity type:
Start date: 
01/06/2013
End date: 
14/12/2016
Geographic_coverage:
Last update: 17/06/2016

Current Status

Achieved
At regional level: Increased hospital productivity and reduction in waiting time monitored continuously. Recognition at national level: The Tays model has served as the starting point for national actions: the chief ophthalmologists of all public hospitals in Finland have agreed to use the same prioritization criteria (based on preventing visual disability) as practiced at Tays Eye Centre. The criteria have been presented in a report to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland for national implementation. The report expands the Tays model to national scale and transfers it to all healthcare and social care calling for central government steering to be strengthened by regional strategic healthcare and social welfare units that define adequate and equal healthcare and social welfare services and promote cost-effective practices.

Results

Title Planned Deadline Current Status Category Attachments
Right Services to Right Patients at Right Time in Right Place 01/01/2016 Achieved Products: Policy programmes/strategies/action plans PDF icon Tays_Year 2015, PDF icon tayswellbeingblindness.pdf, PDF icon P5SE Eye Health Care Model
Development of co-morbidity model for multi-eye disease care 30/06/2018 Achieved Products: Recomendations/ guidelines/ regulations/ standards/ agreements
Upscaling of prioritisation principles to national level with transferability to all healthcare and social welfare services 14/06/2018 Achieved Products: Policy programmes/strategies/action plans PDF icon Reports of Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 2016:5 (fin), PDF icon Cost-effective and efficient steering of social affairs and health care; Reports of Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (en)

Outcomes

Indicator Target indicator Current status
Patient Satisfaction 0.6 0.8