Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – In 2007 Catherine Zahn comments on An Inconvenient Truth: A Sustainable Healthcare System Requires Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Transformation

October 6th, 2016

Applying a Prism: The Spectrum of a Sustainable Healthcare System Ms. Zahn discusses how “seniors have insufficient community supports to remain independent in their homes. Vulnerable populations, such as the poor and those with chronic disease including mental illness, experience barriers to optimal functioning in society. Patients wait in ambulances because of emergency room overcrowding, [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) – In 2014 Shirlee Sharkey comments on Understanding the Gap between Desire for and Use of Consumer Health Solutions

September 29th, 2016

All Aboard! Ms. Sharkey discusses how as a society, we have fundamentally changed our behaviour in three areas related to technology through virtualization; enhanced information and communication; and self-service. “Think of these three constructs as boxcars linked to a long railway train. That train has left the station, and it is already moving along the [...]

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) Healthcare Institution Partnerships – the Ethical Perspective

September 22nd, 2016

By Joseph Mapa (then Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer Mount Sinai Hospital) Here is addresses questions such as: Can one hospital can retain its values (denominational, cultural, community, etc.) when it partners with another hospital that doesn’t share them?; What are the rites, rituals and myths?; Are the consumers in the community being served, [...]

Throw Back Thursday (TBT) – Effective Teamwork in Healthcare: Research and Reality

September 15th, 2016

#TBT - Effective Teamwork in Healthcare: Research and Reality This lead essay from the January 2007 issue of Healthcare Papers is still one of the best read articles on “In healthcare, teamwork is the ongoing process of interaction between team members as they work together to provide care to patients. The researchers found that while teamwork and collaboration are [...]

B.C. Coroner’s Report Fentanyl-Detected Illicit Drug Overdose Deaths January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016

September 13th, 2016

Inclusion Criteria: This report summarizes all deaths that occurred between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2016 for which fentanyl was detected, whether alone or in combination with other drugs, and the death resulted from illicit drug use. In deaths occurring after November 1, 2015, ‘fentanyl’ includes acetyl fentanyl. In the majority of deaths, fentanyl [...]

British Columbia’s Failed Healthcare Experiment

September 9th, 2016

Our first point of contact with the health system — often referred to as “primary care” — should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the system when we need more specialized care. That’s if things are working properly. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In [...]

Throw Back Thursday (TBT) – The 1st Special issue (of 7) on Patient Safety

September 8th, 2016

  #TBT – The 1st Special issue (of 7) on Patient Safety brought to you by Healthcare Quarterly,  CPSI, OHA, Accreditation Canada, and Health Council of Canada “Improving patient safety requires the surfacing of current risks in all critical processes and the use of structured techniques for analyzing and reducing such risks.” – Editor in Chief G. Ross [...]

Throw Back Thursday (TBT) – Screening for Service Needs in Primary Health Care Clinics

September 1st, 2016

#TBT – Screening for Service Needs in Primary Health Care Clinics: an Evaluation in Bangladesh A.J. Mercer, S. Hossain, J. Khatun, H. Kabir, N. Saha, J. Uddin and Y. Hasan, from the ICDDRB, showcase the methods used and the results of a study that assessed current provider knowledge and practice on screening and constraints on [...]

Honouring Peggy Leatt’s Innovative Leadership at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation — and beyond.

August 30th, 2016

This fall the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) will be introducing the Peggy Leatt Knowledge and Impact Award – named in honour of the former chair the Institute. The award, made, made possible through the support of several donors and Longwoods Publishing, will recognize one recipient, annually, for achievements in developing transformative [...]

Throw Back Thursday (TBT) – Intermountain Healthcare

August 26th, 2016

#TBT – Chapter 5: Intermountain Healthcare – Salt Lake City, Utah, US High Performing Healthcare Systems: Delivering Quality By Design October 2008: 152-177 reports on Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) – “IHC’s reputation for clinical excellence is based on a strong foundation of evidence-based medicine and clinical process management that has resulted in dramatic improvements in patient [...]