November 2016

Why do we need a National Seniors Strategy? Because it’s 2016

Five million Canadians over 65 now represent 16 per cent of our overall population, but that number is expected to double over the next two decades. Many experts also agree ...

November 2016

The Informal Chat May Not Be Enough

A Chief of Staff is told by a nursing supervisor that one of the senior physicians is making inappropriate comments about the appearance of some of the nurses on his ...

October 2016

Healthcare is 24/7

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 ...

November 2016

Health Quality in Canada: a cup half full

We would expect Canada, as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with per capita health expenditures among the highest of its peer countries, and cherishing a publicly funded ...

October 2016

A Perfect Storm: Get Ready for a Paradigm Shift in Health Services and Policy Research

There are major forces, worldwide, that are shifting the way in which health systems will operate, how health services will be delivered, and the role that health services and policy ...

October 2016

Directions for Healthcare in Canada – The Next 3 – 5 Years: A Patient / Family / Citizen Perspective

In a more open and transparent health system we would all have a sense of the timelines of developments as important as digital access to our health records. In the ...

November 2016

Let’s unwind the red tape around Canadian cancer data

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 ...

October 2016

Primary Healthcare – It’s Time for Disruptive Innovation!

As a family physician, I’m used to hearing intimate details of a patient’s life experience and after thirty years in this profession, there aren’t too many things that surprise me. ...

October 2016

Future of Healthcare 2036 – An Integration of Providers, Consumers and Technology

In many respects our concept of integration today needs to be replaced by the understanding that the relationships between consumers and healthcare providers are being “democratized” by technology.

September 2016

Gaps in the Mental Health Story: A Chance to Do Good

Canada’s political leaders have the once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring justice to those who live with mental illness. They can choose to mandate equitable access to evidence-based mental healthcare and supports ...