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For most physician leaders and physicians who are more active in system-level issues, the normal trajectory is that you begin. And (as a doctor) you come to understand and appreciate the importance of high-functioning systems and the social determinants of health and all of those larger issues as a result of one-to-one (patient) interactions.”  Dr. Danielle Martin on a mission to heal medicare


Challenging the Orthodoxies of Health System Design and Management  - an Open Letter from  Dr. Graham D. Sher, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services
As healthcare leaders, we see first hand the multiple challenges health systems face in this country.  We also run the risk of tackling these critical symptoms in isolation and as point solutions, rather than addressing some of the underlying causes of what ails Canadian health systems.

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Potential and problems with Saskatchewan's amalgamated health authority

Sask. doctors say health region consolidation mammoth task, but could improve care

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Breakfast with the Chiefs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO, Medtronic
From Theory to Practice: Implementing Value-Based Healthcare Around the World
Location: Auditorium, Lower concourse, MaRS Discovery District,, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON
Partners:Medtronic, MaRS
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Dr. Robert Bell, Deputy Minister of Health & Long-Term Care, Ontario
Planning Local Healthcare is Best Done Locally
Location: University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management, Desautels Hall, 2nd Floor, South Building, 105 St. George Street. Toronto, ON
Sponsors: CFHICernerHIROCIBMLough BarnesNational Research, PwC and Rotman
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Upcoming Speakers for Breakfast with the Chiefs include:
  • Danielle Martin, VP Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions, Women's College Hospital and Maureen O'Neil, President and CEO, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
  • Leslee Thompson, President and CEO, Accreditation Canada
  • Peter Pisters, President and CEO, University Health Network.
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  • Boris Kralj to Chief Information and Analytics Officer, Ontario Medical Association, Toronto, ON
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  • Bill Tottle to Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Central CCAC, Toronto, ON
  • Andrew MacLean to Director, Family Medicine, New Brunswick Medical Society, Fredericton, NB
  • Lori Marshall to President and CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Wallaceburg, ON
  • Beth Vachon to Special Advisory to Deputy Minister of Health, Government of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK
  • Larry Allsen to Interim CEO, Cypress Regional Health Authority, Swift Current, SK
  • Mary Bluechardt to President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, NS


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