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“There is . . .a series of . . . troubling questions regarding patient safety. Were the right helicopters purchased from a patient care standpoint? Were dispatch policies based on best patient care or financial requirements? Did any patient die as a result of decisions motivated by financial imperatives?” Michael Decter examines ORNGE in this essay on Lessons from a scandal.


OMA Negotiations: Pay For Results: Dr. Peter Walker and Dr. Michael Guerriere

Off the Cuff

Charting a New Course for Health IT in Ontario
Will Falk presents to the CCO CIO Summit February 9, 2012.

Michael Decter (see quote above) will explore the Drummond Commission’s Recommended Reform of Ontario Public Services through an ORNGE lens — no rose coloured glasses! Breakfast with the Chiefs. Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Join us for breakfast at 7:15 a.m.). Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. 209 Victoria St, Toronto, ON. Registration required.

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Nurse managers may want to consider lobbying for inclusion of standards related to Evidence-based Nursing Practice

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Vendor credentialing and compliance program gets a foothold.

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The Wait
Japan and the United States have 35.3 and 19.5 MRI units per million population, respectively, whereas Canada has only 4.6. (Stein 2005). See full analysis. This was 7 years ago.
Wait only 2 days for a MRI at St. Joseph MRI.
False Creek Healthcare Centre helps patients get access to treatment and diagnosis faster, and without the wait.
Anyone have an update on our wait lists? Write us at thepublisher@longwoods.com

In Quebec CAQ Leader Francois Legault, a former health minister, wants GPs to have a minimum caseload of 1,000 patients.
Ontario’s doctors will soon have to start tracking how long patients have to wait before getting in to see them. . .
Alberta’s 2012-13 budget, tabled Thursday, contains a 7.9 per cent increase to $15.9 billion for the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
Three British Columbia health regions lost out on $7 million in patient-focused funding in 2010-11 for not meeting certain surgical wait-time targets.

Featured article: brought to you by Relay Health – Public Health in Canada: A Difficult History

Recommended Reading

Healthcare Quarterly
Outcomes in Multiple Gestation Pregnancies among Canadian Women Age 35 Years and Older
Razia Sultana, Xi-Kuan Chen, Carrie Lee and Joanne Hader

Healthcare Papers
Getting Ready for Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) in Clinical Practice
Albert W. Wu and Claire Snyder

Nursing Leadership
Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership for Healthy Work Environments
Nancy Lefebre, Julie DeCicco and Karen Ray

Healthcare Policy
Interpersonal Communication from the Patient Perspective: Comparison of Primary Healthcare Evaluation Instruments
Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, Jeannie L. Haggerty, Christine Beaulieu, Fatima Bouharaoui, Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, Raynald Pineault, Frederick Burge and Darcy A. Santor

Electronic Healthcare
Performance-Based Healthcare: How Hospitals Can Leverage Business Intelligence and Information Management to Meet Ontario’s Healthcare Reforms
Zahrah Khalid, Tamas Fixler and Aditya Pai

World Health and Population
Making Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity a Reality in Kenya’s Health Provider Education System: Results of a Gender Analysis
Constance Newman, Anastasiah Kimeu, Leigh Shamblin, Christopher Penders, Pamela A. McQuide and Judith Bwonya


Bilingual children gain better focus, literacy skills
Drugs and Celebrities: lessons learned
Bluewater Health Hospital is Ontario’s first LEED-Certified acute care facility
Directors College and The Community for Excellence in Health Governance Announce Sponsorship Arrangement
Canada’s state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital opens at St. John’s


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Carl White to CEO of Nipigon District Memorial Hospital
Alexander Adani to Business Unit Director, Bioscience, Baxter Corporation.
Martin Girash to Chair of the Board of Governors, University of Windsor, ON
John Helou to President, Pfizer Canada Inc
Marc LePage to President and CEO, Génome Québec:
Francois Julien to Dean of the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
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