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Longwoods eLetter November 11, 2008

Longwoods eLetter November 11, 2008
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“In its worst incarnation, bipartisanship is merely rhetoric on the campaign trail, and nothing more. On the other hand, “post partisanship”, a vision of politics championed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is a more sophisticated decision-making model that breathes life into novel policy ideas to yield maximum, lasting impact.” Neil Seeman writes Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Read the letter here: Download PDF.

Here are some candidates for full monty media coverage - practices that without question harm more people than reused syringes, inconvenience the public and patients, drive up costs or create gaps in the system. From an essay by Steven Lewis, “Scary Headlines We Don't See” Mr. Lewis is an analyst and adviser in matters related to healthcare policy and practice.

More than 9000 delegates visited OHA HealthAchieve last week. Tom Closson presented at the final plenary session. Click here to read his remarks on 1) Creating Seamless Systems, 2) Incenting Best Practices, and 3) Creating a culture of innovation.

The Minister of Health, The Honourable David Caplan, addressed the global economic situation and its impact on Ontario’s hospitals and health system. “Continue to plan according to the assumptions you already have. I can assure you that if there are any changes to those figures in the future, I will inform you as quickly as possible to ensure our partnership continues to yield the best health results possible.” For the full address click here.

Matthew Anderson addresses his vision of “the” LHIN at the last Breakfast with the Chiefs. Go here.

Vivek Goel, President and CEO of the Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, will lay out his vision of at the next Breakfast with the Chiefs on November 18. See details and Register here. (See the small print.)

SUPPLY CHAIN (HealthcareRounds): everything you wanted to know but . . .
Dan Wright, ADM responsible for Ontario’s Broader Public Sector Supply Chain will address: Supply Chain & Ontario Buys: is this the leading edge or a work in progress. At Mount Sinai on November 26: 8 am to 10:30 am, All about: Mandatory Procurement Protocols | standards, ethics, metrics | leading practices, tendering, contracting | internal audits | province wide review of the state of Supply Chain. Joseph Mapa will start, joined by Dan Wright and this supporting cast: Sarah Friesen, SC Analyst and Advisor; Cameron Love, Ottawa Hospital; and Bill Whittaker, Chair of COHPA. A collaboration of The Ministry of Finance, the Council of Academic Hospitals and Longwoods Publishing. Coffee and a light breakfast for early comers. Be our guest. Register here.

Microsoft Corporation, in collaboration with Longwoods Publishing, is pleased to invite you to an exclusive preview of Microsoft® HealthVault – the new personal health technology platform. Experts direct from Redmond and Mississauga will provide briefings and participate in an open forum Q&A.

For TORONTO | CENTRAL ONTARIO | November 25th, 2008, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Please register here. We will confirm your registration.
For OTTAWA | EASTERN ONTARIO | November 24th, 2008, 8:00am - 12:00pm. Please register here. We will confirm your registration.

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HealthcareRounds examined the issue: Across LHIN Borders: Placing Our Patients ahead of Postal Codes, September 17, 2008. We featured the following authorities:

Subsequent to this session of HealthcareRounds, the Minister of Health in Ontario has noted that the development of the LHINs is an evolution that will see cooperation and collaboration among the networks and not the creation of artificial borders – a position similar to that taken by the LHIN CEOs at this meeting. Matthew Anderson sees this as one of the top five challenges for LHINs.


Daily Health and Healthcare News. Compiled by our Editors and Canadian Press.
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More news from Health Edition online.

About one in five physicians in Canada were internationally educated. More at CIHI.

Au Canada, environ un médecin sur cinq a été formé à l’étranger.


Healthcare Quarterly
CHSRF Knowledge Transfer: Healthy Healthcare Workplaces: Improving the Health and Work Environments of Professionals
Jennifer Thornhill and Mylène Dault

Getting from Analysis to Action: Framing Obesity Research, Policy and Practice with a Solution-Oriented Complex Systems Lens
Diane T. Finegood, Özge Karanfil and Carrie L. Matteson

Nursing Leadership
Nursing Leaders for Tomorrow: Where Are They?
Heather Mass

Healthcare Policy
Pay for Performance in Primary Care: Proceed with Caution, Pitfalls Ahead
Brian Hutchison

Electronic Healthcare
Low-Cost Rapid Usability Engineering: Designing and Customizing Usable Healthcare Information Systems
Andre W. Kushniruk and Elizabeth M. Borycki

World Health and Population
Do Various Sources Disseminating AIDS Information Make Significant Difference to Antenatal Care in Bangladesh?
M.M.H. Khan, M. Kabir, and Mitsuru Mori


Maximizing Efficiency in Cataract Surgery: A Model Program
Fouad Tayfour

Cataract removal is an increasingly common surgical procedure. Today in Canada, however, the waiting time for this procedure may be unacceptably long for many patients.

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2008/2009 Calendar of Breakfast with the Chiefs

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – Toronto
Vivek Goel
Vivek Goel is President and CEO of the Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
Topic: Renewing Public Health in Ontario: The Role of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.
Location: Health Sciences Building, Room 610, 155 College Street, University of Toronto, Toronto.
Sponsors: ACAHO, Accenture, HP Canada, HPME, University of Toronto, IBM, Ontario Hospital Association, Philips Healthcare
Register here

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - Toronto
Murray T. Martin, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON
Cliff Nordal, President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, ON
Topic: Let's settle the private/public hospital debate: A Conversation reflecting on a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Location: Health Sciences Building, Room 610, 155 College Street, University of Toronto, Toronto.
Sponsors: ACAHO, Accenture, Healthtech, HP Canada, HPME, University of Toronto, IBM, Ontario Hospital Association, Philips Healthcare, Sodexo

Thursday, February 12, 2009 - Vancouver
Murray T. Martin, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON
Cliff Nordal, President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, ON
Topic: Let's settle the private/public hospital debate: A Conversation reflecting on a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Location: Vancouver,UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, Campus Level, HSBC Hall, C680
Sponsors: ACAHO, Accenture, HP Canada, Ontario Hospital Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - Toronto
Michael Guerriere, Managing Partner, Courtyard Group
Topic: 2009 Review of IM/IT in Healthcare: The Unvarnished Version
Location: Toronto
Sponsors: ACAHO, Accenture, Courtyard Group, HP Canada, Ontario Hospital Association

Other confirmed Chiefs for 2008/2009 series of Breakfast with the Chiefs (dates TBD) Ida Goodreau, President and CEO for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Ross Baker, Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Strategy Division.

For more information on upcoming speakers or to view past presentations click here.

Breakfast with the Chiefs video: Dr. Alan Hudson - Lead of Access to Services/Wait Times for the Health Results Team, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Improving Access-the Governance Challenges (PDF).
Sponsors: ACAHO, Accenture, CGI, IBM, McKesson Canada, Philips Healthcare, HPME, University of Toronto, HP Canada, Ontario Hospital Association

The small print: Breakfast with the Chiefs: registration requirements:
Do you work at a publicly funded organization? If so, you must hold a current personal subscription for at least one Longwoods journal. This covers attendance for the full season. This year’s speakers include: Dr. Alan Hudson, Matthew Anderson, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Dr. Ross Baker, Dr. Vivek Goel, Dr. Michael Guerriere, Ida Goudreau, Cliff Nordal, Murray Martin and Dr. Mary Ferguson-Pare. If you are not a subscriber click here first. If you are a subscriber go to this page for information on upcoming dates: click here.

Registrants from private sector organizations, foundations and associations must be registered members of the Longwoods HealthcareBoard. If you are not sure of your status and want more information please contact Matthew Hart at mhart@longwoods.com

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November 10-14, 2008: Toronto, ON. Health Leaders Institute. The 4th annual offering of this inter-professional residential leadership development program with keynote by Dr Barry Posner of The Leadership Challenge, Rick Lash of the HayGroup. Limited Registration. Details, Brochure and Registration www.healthleaders.ca. or Contact Katrin Wade (416) 426-7229.

November 12. 2008: Toronto, ON. Strategic Performance Management Workshop. SAS Canada cordially invites you to the Performance Management Workshop: Turning Strategies into Action for Improved Performance. For more information click here.

November 18-19, 2008: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. QHN Fall Forum 2008 - Quality Improvement Under Construction. Known for offering innovative learning approaches and creative solutions to meet shared needs – this year's forum will fill your tool belt on six sigma, lean, PDSA methodology and project management. For more information, click here (PDF)

November 24-25, 2008: Toronto ON. The 8th edition of Insight’s E-HEALTH and MEDICAL RECORDS will focus on the latest developments around the use and application of e-health systems to drive and improve quality in healthcare. Confirmed speakers include Bill Pascal, Chief Technology Officer of the CMA, as well as keynote addresses by Ida Goodreau, CEO of Vancouver Coastal Health and Ken Anderson, Assistant Commissioner (Privacy) for the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. For more information click here.

November 24-25, 2008: Ottawa, ON. CNA presents Influencing Public Policy Workshop: Strategies & Tactics. This two-day workshop is designed to help nurses better understand the development and influencing of public policy. Non-nurses are also welcome. Attendees will leave the workshop equipped with practical tips and a knowledge base that enables them to influence policy agendas. Download PDF for more details.

November 27, 2008: Toronto, ON. A evening fundraising reception at the Carlu to raise support and awareness of the public health outreach program to be created at the Sheela Basrur Centre. For information click here.

November 27-29, 2008: Toronto, ON. Family Medicine Forum. Canada’s largest family medicine conference. Co-hosted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) and the CFPC’s Sections of Teachers and Researchers. For conference program and registration click here.

November 28, 2008: Hamilton, ON: 2008 Reid-Greenaway Conference, Nurses Building Bridges: Collaborations and Partnerships between Primary Care and Public Health. This year’s conference will feature primary care and public health researchers and practitioners from across Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba speaking on their experiences with and research on collaborations involving a broad variety of health issues. For details click here.

December 2-3, 2008: Toronto, ON. The Teamwork Workshop – Move beyond the buzzword and make it real with this innovative event from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Register today!

January 26–27, 2009: Toronto, ON. Health Information Privacy, Safety and Security conference will gather health care and health information privacy experts from across the country and look further afield to the experiences of our European and American neighbours in building robust health information privacy and security systems. Register by November 7, 2008 and Save! For details click here.

February 19-22, 2009: Victoria, BC. Revolutionizing Healthcare with Informatics: From Research to Practice. Information technology affects nearly every aspect of healthcare today. Health information systems are seen by many as the critical element in improving and modernizing healthcare in Canada and internationally. In order to achieve this potential there will need to be a stronger bridge between research and practice in order to solve complex healthcare problems using technology and to develop best practices based on proven results. Deadline for submission of abstracts is June 30, 2008. For details click here.

March 19 - 20, 2009: Edmonton, AB. Leaders in Rehabilitation: the Rehabilitation of Function, Alberta Health Services, in the Edmonton and Calgary areas and the University of Alberta - Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine are pleased to announce the 4th Leaders in Rehabilitation conference. Speakers and special guests include Mr. Alan Lilly, Dr. Mike Landry, Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell and Dr. Arya Sharma. For details click here.

For our complete list of conferences and events go here.

Ontario Hospital Association conferences www.OHA.com/conferences.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario conferences click here.

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Feria Bacchus to Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Healthcare Division, Sodexo Canada
Dr. Malcolm King to Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
Dr. Philip M. Sherman
to Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
William Tholl
resigned as Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Medical Association.
Robert Zed to Chair Compass Group Healthcare

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