June 21, 2019

Improving Quality and Performance in Ontario’s Cancer Services: Lessons for Constructing a Learning Healthcare System

Terrence Sullivan introduces this special issue of Healthcare Quarterly (from 2015) on Cancer Care Ontario's focus on Quality, Performance and Partnership and how it puts patients and the public at the centre. 

"The story of CCO is rooted in its early origins as the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation. Some of the early evolution and more recent challenges are documented, respectively, by Cowan (2008), Hayter (1998) and Sullivan et al. (2003).

The history of relevance begins with the discovery of radium, the appointment of a provincial medical registrar for cancer and the creation of a small number of regional cancer centres co-located on the site of academic health science centres, but housed separately and governed separately from the hospital services on which much ancillary care was dependent. Following the Cody Commission recommendations (1932), OCTRF came into existence through an act of the provincial legislature in 1943, and the statute remains the governing legislation to this day."


See the slide presentations from some of this year’s speakers.

Helen Angus, Deputy Minister,
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario Health

Barb Collins, President & CEO
Humber River Hospital
Healthcare’s Digital Future – Creating a Better Tomorrow

Bernard Lord, Chief Executive Officer
Reshaping Healthcare Service and Delivery to Meet Changing Needs

Dr. Mark Britnell, Global Chairman & Senior Partner, Healthcare, Government & Infrastructure
KPMG International
Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare

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