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There are critical trade-offs in our policy-making. One is between services that primarily benefit the young, such as education, and those that, like health care, disproportionately help older citizens.” Harvard professor of Economics Edward L. Glaeser


Moore’s Law in Radiology? Technology makes radiologists’ work slower, not faster – but more valuable by Benjamin Fine, Sean Symons and Mark Prieditis.

Off the Cuff

Case Study of Physician Leaders in Quality and Patient Safety

Will operate for food: The implications of physician unemployment

Engaging Physician Leaders in Performance Measurement and Quality

What Ontarians Should be Asking About Physician Pay.

Are Physician Executive Pay-for-Performance Programs the Future

Physician supply increasing twice as quickly as Canadian population

Watson is Coming
Dr. Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist for Care Delivery Systems in IBM Research, is bringing Watson to Breakfast with the Chiefs. Look for amazing implications for health research and care. This will be a one hour discussion about and with Watson – a demonstration that is bound to astound you. If it was able to win Jeopardy against the astounding game champion Ken Jennings, what else is it capable of?  Come and find out. Register here.

Some background from Wikipedia. Watson is a Question answering (QA) computing system built by IBM. IBM describes it as “an application of advanced Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Machine Learning technologies to the field of open domain question answering” which is “built on IBM’s DeepQAtechnology for hypothesis generation, massive evidence gathering, analysis, and scoring.”

The Healthy Kids Panel in Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to help tackle the challenge of reducing childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years.

Make your article Open Access
An increasing number of funding agencies strongly encourage open access publication and explicitly allow the use of grants to cover getting published. Authors of peer reviewed research papers for Nursing Leadership, Healthcare Policy and World Health & Population are encouraged to have their articles posted online at no charge to the reader. Longwoods’ journals have an Open Access option making your paper freely available online immediately upon publication of the issue.

Your hospital/clinic and Employers’ Liquor Liability: Paternalistic Obligations or Personal Responsibility

Do you have a practice related to obesity? Here is a new tool from the Canadian Obesity Network. Check it out: 5As-of-obesity-management

Healthcare Quarterly
CIHR Research: Should Canada Permit Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Pharmaceuticals?

Healthcare Papers
Drug Policy: Making Effective Drugs Available Without Bankrupting the Healthcare System

Nursing Leadership
British Columbia: Improving Retention and Recruitment in Smaller Communities

Healthcare Policy
Drug Shortages: Searching for a Cure

Electronic Healthcare
Adoption of Information Technology in Primary Care Physician Offices in Alberta and Denmark, Part 2

World Health and Population
Post-intervention Survey on the Knowledge, Attitude, Beliefs and Practices of People in Lagos State, Nigeria about HIV/AIDS


World’s First Approved Stem Cell Drug; Osiris Receives Marketing Clearance from Health Canada for Prochymal
When Mental Health and Obesity Overlap
Activity-Based Hospital Funding Helps Reduce Wait Times
Dr. Elizabeth Osuch Receives One of First-Ever Pfizer Psychiatry Research Awards
A Woman’s Place in the World, Ranked from First to Last


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Bernie D. Schmidt to President and CEO, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, Moose Factory, ON
Shelly Jamieson to CEO of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Toronto, ON
Trevor Henderson to EVP of Operations Nightingale, Markham, ON
Philip Sawa to Vice President of Sales at iSirona, Panama City, FL
Alex Munter, Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, to co-chair, the Healthy Kids Panel
Kelly Murumets, President and Chief Executive Officer of ParticipACTION, to co-chair, the Healthy Kids Panel
Dr. Denis Daneman to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Carol Diemer to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Melanie Ann Ferris to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Cheryl Jackson to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Michael Lovsin to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Dr. Stephen Lye to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Medhat Mahdy to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Rose Reisman to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Barbara L. Riley to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Robert Witchel to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Neil Seeman to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Phyllis Tanaka to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Max Valiquette to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Soo Wong to member, the Healthy Kids Panel
Steven M. Safyer to President and CEO, Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
Dr. Peter Vaughen to Chief Executive officer, South Short District Health Authority, Bridewater, Nova Scotia

Corrections from May 15, 2012
Janet Yale to President and CEO, The Arthritis Society, Toronto, ON
Raymond Théberge to President and Vice-Chancellor, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB
W. Robert Wood to Provost, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC
Allan Katz to President & CEO, Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc., Fort Frances, ON
Denyse Campeau to Development Director, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Toronto, ON
Robert A. (Bob) Baker to CEO, Oshawa Hospital Foundation, Oshawa, ON

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