Canada - Three Canadian Cities Receive Top Marks in Conference Board’s First City Health Ranking This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Saskatoon, Calgary and Winnipeg have earned the top grades in the Conference Board of Canada’s first City Health Monitor benchmarking the health performances of 10 Canadian cities. Each city received a grade on 24 indicators regarding life satisfaction, population health, lifestyle and access to health care. The city of Montreal had the worst scores.

Canada - Nurse Practitioners Propose New Primary Health Care Model for B.C. This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) has released a comprehensive plan to more fully integrate nurse practitioners (NPs) into the provincial healthcare system. The plan proposes two distinct funding paradigms, illustrated by case studies, to guide the integration of NPs within a new primary care model for British Columbia.

Canada - Ontario Introduces Legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Ontario has introduced legislation to support medical assistance in dying by providing more protection and greater clarity for patients, their families, and healthcare providers. The proposed Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act aligns with new federal laws concerning medical assistance in dying.

International - Data portal tracks universal health coverage progress This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The WHO has launched a new data portal tracking global progress towards universal health coverage that shows where countries need to improve access to health services. The portal features the latest data on access in 194 member countries, along with information about equity of access.

Upcoming Events

Australia - 15th World Congress on Public Health
The Congress will be held from 3-7 April 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. The event offers a unique platform for you to interact with a captive audience of world leaders dedicated to the exchange and knowledge on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level.

Canada - Building Capacity for Health Informatics in the Future
Organized by the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria, this conference presents multiple perspectives on what is needed to increase and sustain use of technology. Solutions range from better usability and training, to improved design, to governmental mandates. The conference takes place in Victoria from February 16 to 19, 2017.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Bilateral Health Agreements between the Federal and Provincial/Territorial Governments in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
According to this study, bilateral health transfer agreements between Ottawa and the provinces could increase innovation and enhance performance in Canada’s health system. Released by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), the study notes that bilateral agreements can be tailored to provinces’ needs or used to promote innovation. The federal government is providing $3 billion through bilateral agreements over the next four years.

Canada - Difficulty accessing health care services in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Based on a 2013 national survey, this Statistics Canada report explores Canadians’ experiences accessing healthcare services. A majority (71%) reported no difficulty with access. Delays obtaining appointments and long waits were the most common difficulties reported. People who reported poor health had the highest odds of difficulty accessing services such as specialist care, non-emergency surgery, and certain diagnostics tests.

Denmark - Primary Care Review of Denmark This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by the OECD, this review of Denmark’s primary care system says high-quality care is not always delivered. Rates of avoidable hospitalization are higher than in the rest of Scandinavia, and Denmark is one of the few European countries with no means of monitoring primary care performance. Patients also have no access to their health records.

Europe - Health system efficiency: How to make measurement matter for policy and management This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In this 242-page book, five authors explore efficiency measurement in health systems and offer insights into the pitfalls and potential associated with various measurement techniques. The authors use examples from various countries to examine how policy-makers and healthcare managers use efficiency measurement and suggest ways to make better use of efficiency measurement in the future.

Norway - Innovation in hospitals: piloting a tool for investigating contributions of hospital employees to innovation This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper addresses the question of how hospital employees contribute to the generation of innovations and to what extent hospitals function as a conducive environment for innovative work. A preliminary analysis indicates that there are different modes of innovative work in hospitals, as suggested by some of the literature, and that different kinds of employees are involved in distinct sets of activities.

UK - The challenge and potential of whole system flow This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Improving the flow of patients, information and resources between health and social care organizations is crucial to service quality. This report provides improvement teams in local health and social care with a guide to approaches and skills to improve flow across systems. The report focuses on care journeys, organizational capability, local enablers and system change levers, and contains case studies of effective practices.

UK - Universal healthcare without the NHS: towards a patient-centred health system This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Service (NHS) is one of the developed world’s worst public health systems, with outcomes far behind systems in other comparable countries. Calling for its abolishment, the book draws on international evidence to develop a vision for a British universal healthcare system based on patient freedom of choice, competition, and pluralism.

USA - The Impact of Adding a Physician Assistant to a Critical Care Outreach Team This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Hospitals use critical care outreach teams (CCOTs) to respond to patients outside intensive care units (ICUs) whose condition deteriorates. This study assesses whether adding a Physician Assistant (PA) to a CCOT improves clinical and process outcomes. Findings show that adding a PA to the CCOT is associated with a notable reduction in time-to-transfer to the ICU; hospital mortality and length of stay are not impacted.

International - Pay for performance in the inpatient sector: A review of 34 P4P programs in 14 OECD countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Pay-for-performance (P4P) programs have been implemented in the hospital sector to improve quality of care. This paper provides an overview of 34 P4P programs in 14 member countries of the OECD. It notes that the impact of P4P remains unclear, as the programs analyzed are extremely heterogeneous in their aims, selection of indicators, and financial rewards.