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Continuity is definitely something that is important to capture in terms of providing services to the client, but the targets that are established by the CCACs sometimes do not reflect the reality of the service providers in the ability to find staff to meet the targets.” – participant in the Home and Community Care Sector Accountability study.


Engine or Boat Anchor? The Health Professional Training Establishment in HHR Innovation by John H.V. Gilbert, The Undisciplined Economist

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The Concentration of Health Care Spending - Little Ado (yet) About Much (money) by Walter P Wodchis

Innovation in Healthcare Team Feedback - Christine Plaza, Leslie Beard, Anthony Di Fonzo, Michael Di Tommaso, Yaman Mujawaz, Marcel Serra-Julia and Dante Morra

the health professions are pretty slow to change … it's like a big elephant … That's a real problem. So how do you do that? Well, you can do it by incentives – financial or otherwise.” – participant in the Qualitative Study of System Leaders’ Perspective
Funding only permits us to capture and report the data; we don't have staff with the needed time and knowledge to analyze the data.” – participant in the Hospitals’ Internal Accountability study.

Media Coverage of Youth Suicides and Its Impact on Paediatric Mental Health Emergency Department Presentations

Ten healthiest cities. A truly healthy city makes it easy for residents to adopt a healthful lifestyle, whether it’s by providing quality health care, encouraging preventive medicine or reducing air pollution. These cities top our (CNN) list because they shine in one or more areas of good health.

Hospitals grinding to halt because of stranded seniors, CMA head says 

Last Week in Healthcare History
November 17, 1961 - Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Bill receives Royal Assent, to go into effect July 1, 1962
November 18, 1961 - Saskatchewan passes law providing residents Canada’s first prepaid medical care plan.
November 18, 2003 - Federal Government offers Ontario $300 million to assist in costs of SARS virus.
November 18, 2005 - Nonlethal strain of H5 Bird Flu found in British Columbia.
November 20, 1992 - Ontario passes bill to create the College of Midwives in Ontario.

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Brian Golden, Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy at The University of Toronto and The University Health Network, Professor of Strategic Management Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
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November 27, 2014: Toronto, ON. Long-Term Care: A Safe and Secure Environment
November 27-28, 2014: Ottawa, ON. 2nd Annual National Correctional Services Healthcare Conference
November 28, 2014: Halifax, NS. Exploring data: from abstract to action
December 2, 4, & 9, 2014: Online. Health Informatics Bootcamp 2
December 3-4, 2014: Vancouver, BC. 2nd Annual National Operating Room Management Conference
December 4-5, 2014: Toronto, ON. Canadian Casemix & Activity Based Funding Conference
December 9, 2014: Webinar. Healthcare 'Hot Spotting'
January 20, 2015: Webinar. Managing Multimorbidities
January 28, 2015: Webinar. Analyzing Data Over Time for Quality Improvement
February 5, 2015: Toronto, ON. Perspectives in Competency Assessment April 19-21, 2015: Richmond Hill, ON. 2015 HPCO Annual Conference - Call for abstracts deadline, November 17, 2014
May 19-22, 2015: Toronto, ON. Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute
May 29-30, 2015: Toronto, ON. Global Telehealth 2015. Call for Papers deadline: December 15, 2014.
June 15-16, 2015: Charlottetown, PE. National Health Leadership Conference


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  • Jean Castonguay to CEO, Vitalité Health Network, Bathurst, NB
  • Dr. Carl Amrhein to Official Administrator, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, AB
  • Lori Hale to Director, Research and Policy, The Change Foundation, Toronto, ON
  • Jonathan Schwartz to Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Public Service, Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Justin Busse to Associate Chief of Staff, Halton Healthcare Services, Oakville, ON
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