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Nurses say hospital “dangerous,” but CEO denies charge
Staffing problems in Humber River Regional Hospital’s two emergency departments make them “dangerous places” for patients, charges the union representing nurses who work there. But hospital CEO Dr. Rueben Devlin denies the allegations, suggesting they have more to do with resistance to changes being made across the health system to keep it affordable.

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More hospitals look to nocturnists to enhance patient care at night, on weekends
Nights and weekends can be dangerous times for patients, according to multiple studies. The most recent — one that tracked the outcomes of 30 million patients over a five-year period — showed that patients admitted to hospitals on weekends have a 10 percent higher death rate.

Forging a Partnership in Information Systems, The Case of Vancouver Hospital
...without capital investment to offset the nearly $48 million in efficiency improvements, more cuts are potentially dangerous, for the organizational infrastructure is down to its bare bones. At Vancouver Hospital we suffer from the reality that many of our facilities and much of our equipment is seriously old. Over 20 years ago, in 1978, the Laurel Redevelopment Plan outlined the need for replacement facilities at VGH, which was considered substandard even then.

The Whistle-Blower in Healthcare
Dangerous practices, ineffective policies and marginal procedures in healthcare may lead to poor patient outcomes. As seen with SARS, contagious disease can spread rapidly from hospitals and immobilize entire healthcare systems and economies. Safety in the healthcare institution requires monitoring of the workplace as well as the continuous improvement of medical procedures and practices. With the reports of hospital-transmitted disease, such as SARS, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria being propagated into the general communities, hospital safety is becoming a public health issue.  

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HEALTH ANALYTICS & BIG DATA | March 25, 2014 | Register here. Learn how data can help hospitals reduce costs and doctors better serve their patients at a HealthcareRounds. Join Chair John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President at HIMSS Analytics, Rick Skinner, Chief Information and Technology Officer, University of Virginia Health System, and Professor Avi Goldfarb, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; plus many more…. 
Produced by Longwoods, HIMSSAnalyticsRotman School of Business, with the support of Astellas Pharma, Deloitte and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

The Intended and Unintended Consequences of eHealth Implementations

John P. Hoyt at  Breakfast with the Chiefs, November 6, 2012


  • Richard Alvarez stepping down as President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway, Toronto, ON
  • Bill Tholl to President and CEO of the newly-merged CHA/ACAHO, Ottawa, ON
  • Ian Culbert to Executive Director, Canadian Public Health Association, Ottawa, ON
  • Carl Roy to President and CEO, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, BC
  • Dr. Clara Iturra to physician, Brookside Medical Centre, Lake Cowichan, BC
  • Dr. Pedro Jara Villarroel to physician, Brookside Medical Centre, Lake Cowichan, BC
  • Kathy Lavelle to Director, Health Records, Privacy Officer, Woodstock General Hospital, Woodstock, ON
  • Dr. Diyana Docheva to Geriatrician, South Shore Health, Bridgewater, NS
  • Julie Kim to Adjunct Professor, Sauder School of Business, UBC, Vancouver, BC
  • Jane Zhou to Board Member, Canadian Society of Epidemiology and BioStatistics, Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Andrew Bulloch to Interim Director, The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education, Calgary, AB
  • Michael Brudno to Senior Scientist, SickKids’ Research Institute, Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Louise Ayotte to Director of Professional and Hospital Services, West Island Health and Social Services Centre,  Pointe-Claire, QC
  • Garnet Zimmerman to Executive Director, Union of Psychiatric Nurses, Langley, BC
  • Elizabeth Buller to the Board of Directors of Plexxus, Toronto, ON
  • Heather Davidson to member of the board, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver, BC
  • Roslyn Kunin to member of the board, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver, BC
  • Marco Marra to member of the board, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver, BC
  • Vivek Goel stepping down as President and CEO of Public Health Ontario effective May 9, 2014 to Chief Academic Strategist, Coursera, Mountain View, CA
  • Dr. William Fraser to Scientific Director, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
  • Tara Coxon to Director, Information Technology, St. Joseph’s Hospital Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
  • Juli Fyfe to Director, Commercial Effectiveness, Hoffmann-La Roche, Mississauga, ON
  • Lianne Castelino to Senior Public Affairs Advisor, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Frank Sullivan to Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair, North York General, Toronto, ON
  • Janet Davidson, Deputy Minister of Alberta Health to Board Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Calgary, AB
  • Karen Herd, Deputy Minister of Health for Manitoba to Board Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Calgary, AB
  • Paul Glover, Associate Deputy Minister of Health Canada to Board Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Calgary, AB
  • Dr. Michael Mayne, Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness for PEI to Board Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Calgary, AB
  • Dr. David Naylor to Board of Trustees, NorthWest International Healthcare Properties REIT, Toronto, ON
  • Bruce Bond to the Board of Directors of Plexxus, Toronto, ON
  • Crystal Chin to member of the board, Patients Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Michael Decter to member of the board and Chair, Patients Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Francesca Grosso to member of the board, Patients Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Michael McCarthy to member of the board, Patients Canada, Toronto, ON
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