The PODS initiative is aimed at improving the patient-centeredness of discharge through the delivery of a PODS at the time of discharge. Designed according to best practices by providers, caregivers, and patients, specifically hard-to-reach patient groups such as those with language barriers, mental health issues, and limited health literacy, PODS is easy for patients to understand and act on.
The toolkit is broken down into a 3 step process: Understand, Assess, and Implement.
A digital platform for PODS is now available.
After finding himself in the emergency department with a broken leg, Zack did not know how to manage his aftercare despite the instructions he was given. As a result, he developed a complication and almost lost his leg. His experience made him desire to improve the way people are given discharge instructions and prevent this experience from happening to someone else. The result is Dash MD. Built on the PODS framework, Dash MD is a mobile app that allows patients and families to access patient-centred discharge instructions. It is freely available to patients and hospitals. Find out more at: dashmd.co
Read a case study of Dash MD in use at Markham Stouffville Hospital here.
PODS is being implemented in 8 hospitals in the Toronto Area
These 8 hospitals in the Toronto area are currently implementing PODS:
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- Sick Kids
- St. Joseph’s Health Centre
- St. Michael’s Hospital
- Toronto East General Hospital
- University Health Network
- Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Each early adopter site was unique and they adapted PODS to meet the needs of their patient population. These three films depict PODS implementation at three of the early adopter sites.
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Lyndhurst site)
The Hospital for Sick Children (Unit 4D – Cardiology)
St. Joseph’s Health Centre