Headlines

Canada - Lancet report finds Canada’s health care sector contributing to global climate crisis This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A report by the Lancet on health and climate change says Canada needs to take steps to green its healthcare system. The report found that the health sector accounts for 4% of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions. Compared to health systems in 47 countries, Canada has the third-highest per capita emissions.

Canada - Ontario Launches Free Routine Dental Care for Low-Income Seniors This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Ontario government is investing $90 million annually in a new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) that will provide free dental care for eligible low-income seniors across the province. The program is expected to help reduce dental-related emergency department visits in Ontario, which totalled 60,000 in 2018.

New Zealand - New framework for e-mental health services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health has announced a new framework to support the country's rapidly expanding use of web-based mental health services. Expected to be ready for use in early 2020, the framework will guide the development and usage of digital mental health programs such as e-coaching, e-screening and e-therapy.

UK - UK investing less in health care infrastructure compared to other EU countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study confirms that the UK invests significantly less in healthcare infrastructure, such as equipment and information technology, than other countries in the European Union (EU). The UK now has the lowest number of CT and MRI scanners per capita in the EU — less than a third of those in Germany.

International - For the first time, WHO studies the link between arts and health This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Engagement with the arts is beneficial for health and wellbeing. This is the conclusion of a WHO report examining 900 publications in the most comprehensive review of evidence on arts and health to date. The report reviews arts activities that help manage physical and mental illness.

Events

Canada - Refocus on Recovery Canada 2020 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Organized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Ontario Shores, the Refocus on Recovery Canada 2020 conference will be held May 20 and 21, 2020, in Toronto. Sub themes include recovery and diverse populations, recovery across the lifespan, and innovative models of service delivery.

USA - Health Action Conference 2020 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This conference, entitled "Our nation's health in the balance', will be held January 23 to 25, 2020, in Washington, DC. Organized by Families USA: The voice for healthcare consumers, the conference is designed for community leaders, healthcare professionals, health advocates and others concerns about access to health care.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia- Organisational change in hospitals: a qualitative case-study of staff perspectives This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study explores how hospital staff react to organizational change. Researchers interviewed 46 clinical and non-clinical staff moving into a new hospital building in the city of Sydney. Despite the negative expectations of 20% of the staff regarding change in the hospital environment, 70% reported positive expectations regarding the benefits that change would bring to patients, and regarding the potential for staff to adapt.

Canada - Paging Dr. Data. How the coming skills revolution can transform healthcare This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Around 17% of healthcare occupations in Canada face a risk from automation, according to this report from RBC. That's half the level faced by Canada's workforce as a whole. The challenge in health care is to develop workforce skills in terms of digital fluency, virtual care, technology adaptation and innovation management. Up-skilling the health workforce will ultimately drive efficiencies, but will require sizeable upfront investments.

Europe - Benefits and challenges of Big Data in healthcare: an overview of the European initiatives This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The potential of Big Data analytics in health care relies on its ability to turn high volumes of data into actionable knowledge for precision medicine and decision makers. This paper by Italian researchers provides an overview of 10 best practice big data initiatives in Europe that aim to generate new knowledge in public health and oncology, improve clinical care, and streamline public health surveillance.

Europe - How to govern the digital transformation of health services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper considers that digital transformation in health care should meet goals of quality, efficiency and equity, and that digital governance should reflect this. It recommends the TAPIC (transparency, accountability, participation, integrity and capacity) governance framework as the practicable and robust. The paper also points to the European Union's 2016 Data Protection Regulation as a way to balance privacy rights and Europe's growing digital market.

UK - Evaluating integrated care. Why are evaluations not producing the results we expect? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
New integrated care models in the UK have not produced the expected results of reducing hospital admissions. This paper identifies reasons this may be happening, including poorly designed models, implementation issues, and unrealistic expectations of the timeframe needed for successful organization. The paper calls for greater focus on model design and implementation, along with improved evaluation and more accurate timescales.

UK - Improving Nurses’ Work-Life Balance. Insights from a team-based rostering pilot This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report describes a National Health Service (NHS) pilot project to implement a team-based rostering system for nurses, with the aim of increasing work input and improving work-life balance. The project worked with 240 nurses in seven wards in three hospitals. Significant improvements were realized in three areas: meeting work-life preferences; increasing nurses’ input into rosters; and improving collective responsibility for creating the roster.

UK - The nation’s health. Priorities for the next government This hyperlink will open in a new window.
As the UK prepares to elect a new government on December 12, 2019, a lot of attention has been paid in the election campaign to the National Health Service (NHS). This briefing warns that this focus overlooks the wider determinants of health across the UK and worrying trends such as overcrowded housing, less urban green space, increased pollution, widening health disparities and worsening health equity.

International - Practice Organization Characteristics Related to Job Satisfaction Among General Practitioners in 11 Countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Based on an international survey of primary care physicians, this study investigated whether features of GP practice were associated with job dissatisfaction in 11 countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US). Results showed that heavy workloads were clearly associated with job dissatisfaction among GPs.

International - Qualification programmes for immigrant health professionals: A systematic review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Immigrant health professionals often face barriers trying to re-enter occupations in their new countries. This systematic review of 31 articles examined international qualification programs for immigrant health professionals and evaluated their effectiveness. Most programs were for physicians only and, irrespective of duration (program lengths ranged from one week to two years), showed little effectiveness apart from language improvement. None had been systematically evaluated.