Looking for Balance: Antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes

May 20th, 2015

Health Quality Ontario released a new report May 20, 2015 Looking for Balance provides a snapshot of the current state of antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes and reveals there is wide variation across homes in the percentage of residents being prescribed these medications. Many residents are given antipsychotic medications to improve their quality [...]

Cancer Advocacy Coalition – Report Card on Cancer in Canada™ 2014-2015

April 8th, 2015

Our Vision for the Cancer System An effective, comprehensive, evidence-based cancer system that offers Canadians the best chances for preventing and treating this disease, and addresses the emotional, physical and financial needs of patients and survivors. Download the 2014-2015 Report Card  

Accelerating Healthcare Improvement: CFHI’s Assessment ToolTM for Healthcare Delivery Organizations and Systems

April 6th, 2015

How can an organizational assessment tool help? CFHI created this assessment tool to help healthcare leaders assess their organization’s or system’s capacity to undertake improvement initiatives. The tool is built around six levers that will guide your organization toward making the changes needed to become a high-performing healthcare organization. For each lever (see Figure 1), [...]

Where’s Linda Knight now?

March 30th, 2015

When the unhappy staff at the Niagara branch of CarePartners first entertained the idea of organizing themselves into a union, CarePartners owner Linda Knight picked up the phone and called each of the workers. She promised that things would get better if only the front line home care workers gave her another chance before joining [...]

Public Sector Salary Disclosure for 2014: Hospitals and Boards of Public Health

March 27th, 2015

The information contained in these pages is a copy of the official documents of these organizations. Since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act does not specify the language in which these documents need to be prepared, the Treasury Board Secretariat publishes these documents in the original language in which they were prepared and presented to [...]

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

March 20th, 2015

For nearly four decades, Langer’s research on mindfulness has influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It demonstrates that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on autopilot, we can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. “Mindfulness is the essence of engagement,” Langer [...]

Ontario Government Progress Report 2014 | Healthcare

March 20th, 2015

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Estimated cost of universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada

March 17th, 2015

In a recent issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers say the extra total cost to government of providing universal pharmacare could range as high as $5.4 billion a year, but would likely be about $1 billion, depending on exactly how much can be saved through bulk purchases of medications and other measures.

Executive Advisory Board on Privacy and Security: Healthcare and Cybersecurity

March 16th, 2015

How to prevent cybersecurity attacks in a new, organized hacker environment. What to do in the event of a data breach. How to improve cybersecurity protections for small providers and vendors. How to deal with vendors who lack awareness and enforcement of data security procedures. Click here to download the full PDF

Every day Dr Simi George opens up several corpses to try and find out why they died (BBC)

March 6th, 2015

She sees dead people’s hearts, their eyes, their ribcages and the inside of their skulls in her job as a histopathologist at St Thomas’s Hospital in London. Sometimes the cadavers are so decomposed she can’t see their face, their skull is black and there are maggots. She can struggle to find the cause of death. [...]