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"We know that most patients experience safe care, but when harm happens there's a big impact on patients, families and the health team," said Kathleen Morris, vice-president of research and analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), which compiled the report.


Let’s unwind the red tape around Canadian cancer data An Open Letter from Shelly Jamieson
Access to medical data is an issue for the health system broadly but since Canada has a long history of collecting information through its cancer registries, this is a place we can start

Healthcare is 24/7 by Duncan Sinclair
Like fires, emergencies, and criminal activities, illnesses and injuries occur independently of the clock and calendar. They have to be dealt with 24/7, 365 days a year. Sadly, that fact seems to have been overtaken by nine to five-ism in too many parts of our so-called healthcare system.

Off The Cuff

Happy Diwali! We hope everyone enjoyed the Festival of Lights this past weekend.

1 in 18 Canadian hospital patients experience harm from preventable errors: CIHI report

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan focuses on the belief that home not hospital or residential care, is one of the best places to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions and live out final days.

‘I was in shock’: Police probe Ottawa nursing home after elderly woman found with maggots in wound

Accreditation and Resident Safety in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes (2015) by Shawna M. McDonald, Laura M. Wagner and Andrea Gruneir
The primary objective of this study was to determine whether accreditation through Accreditation Canada is associated with more favourable resident safety in Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes. Patient safety is an integral component of the Accreditation Canada program, and the accreditor has had a particularly strong focus on safety in recent years

Approaches to Accountability in Long-Term Care (2014) by Whitney Berta, Audrey Laporte and Walter P. Wodchis
This paper discusses the array of approaches to accountability in Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes. A focus group involving key informants from the LTC industry, including both for-profit and not-for-profit nursing home owners/operators, was used to identify stakeholders involved in formulating and implementing LTC accountability approaches and the relevant regulations, policies and initiatives relating to accountability in the LTC sector

Residential Long-Term Care: Public Solutions to Access and Quality Problems (2011) by Irene Jansen
Residential long-term care in Canada is characterized by unequal access and quality problems largely due to inadequate public funding and regulation, commercial involvement and its exclusion from medicare. 

Focus on innovation, not more cash, to improve health care: CMAJ editorial

British Columbia Health Authorities on YouTube

Just Released! Healthcare Papers Vo. 16, Special Issue - Health System Transformation through Research Innovation. Supported by IHSPR

Don’t miss CPSI CEO, Chris Power discuss how unintended harm to patients impacts the lives of their care providers and how, as leaders, we can and should support and assist these providers in their healing journey. Register Here

2016 National Nursing Data Standards Symposium Proceedings

Call for Abstracts
OACCAC’s Achieving Excellence Together 2017
is Ontario’s 18th annual conference for those working in home and community care and their health-system partners. The only event of its kind in Canada, the conference will advance excellence, innovation and leadership in the delivery of patient-centred care.
All abstracts must be submitted online by Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.


Breakfast with the Chiefs

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chris Power, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
: Li Ka Shing, St. Michael's Hospital, 209 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON
Sponsors: CFHI, IBM, National Research, HIROCLough Barnes and St. Michael's Hospital
Register here

Upcoming Speakers for Breakfast with the Chiefs include:
Ross Baker
Omar Ishrak
Danielle Martin
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  • Tara Coxon to Deputy Chief Information Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
  • Doug Watt to Vice President Product Management, eHealth Ontario, Toronto, ON
  • Sime Pavlovic to Vice President Strategic Sourcing, Vendor Management, Human Resources, eHealth Ontario, Toronto, ON
  • John O’Fee to Board Chair, Interior Health, Kelowna, BC
  • Richard Fedorak to Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Rama Khokha to Interim Research Director, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Marlene Spruyt to Medical Officer of Health and CEO, District of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Sabine Moritz to Director, Clinical, Health Services and Population Health Research, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • Don Rae to Board Chair, Sunrise Regional Health Authority, Yorkton, SK
  • Marg Alfieri to Board President and Chair, Association of Family Health Teams, Toronto, ON
  • Amanda McGoey to Director of Stakeholder Relations, Baycrest, Toronto, ON
  • Alexandra D.J. Mancini to Senior Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, InMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Vancouver, BC


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