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Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Lessons Learned #5

by Ted Ball WHOSE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS IT, ANYWAY? To recap the assumptions that I have set up in my first four essays: I believe within the next four to five years—that is, by 2025–2026, midway through the second term of a Ford government—the combined weight of more than a trillion-dollar federal debt and a […]

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Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Lessons Learned #4

by Ted Ball BEYOND STRUCTURE—HOW THE “SOFT STUFF” IS REALLY THE “HARD STUFF” When they discuss integrated delivery system (IDS) design, most people only focus on issues of structure. Although structure is critically important in the system design field, the fact is that whatever you design into the system is what produces the outcomes. So, if we see […]

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Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Lessons Learned #3

by Ted Ball COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE If a community governance board takes as their mandate “to act the best interests of the patients, families, and communities served by the organization,” then they really need to be at the dialogue tables that are determining the design of the community’s healthcare delivery system for decades to come. In […]

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Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Lessons Learned #2

by Ted Ball MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS As I said in my previous essay, it is my judgment that our public healthcare delivery system will significantly deteriorate on indicators of quality, safety, and accessibility across the province within five to six years unless the Ford government empowers local communities to allocate […]

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Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Lessons Learned #1

by Ted Ball WILL ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS BE ABLE TO SAVE THEIR LOCAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS? Ontario is just now entering a critical phase of our provincial healthcare system’s history. The decisions we make right now—in the midst of the pandemic—about our future health system design could very well determine the medium-term wellbeing and, ultimately, the […]

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
Changing the Face of Nurse Credentialing & Mobility through Verifiable Credentials

Changing the face of Nurse Credentialing & Mobility through Verifiable Credentials In our November 2020 paper titled COVID-19: Embracing Digital Credentials in Health Care, we discussed the role verifiable credential (VC) technology will play as a trusted enabler of Health Care Worker (HCW) mobility. The ability to immediately verify the health/COVID-19 status of a HCW […]

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
A community solution for surgical backlogs in Toronto

A community solution for surgical backlogs in Toronto In the second wave of the pandemic, people continue to wait for the surgeries they need, as hospitals desperately try to catch up to the backlog of surgeries created by the previous lockdown. John Yip, CEO of Kensington Health, is part of a growing number of healthcare […]

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