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Summer season This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Please note that the newsletter’s publication will be interrupted for the summer. We will resume publication on August 23, 2016. Until then, you may consult our Web site at : http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?accueil-en This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Canada - CFHI Shows Care Closer to Home Can Cut Hospitalizations and Improve Outcomes This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) says hospitalizations for chronic disease rarely meet patients’ needs. The report finds that hospitalizations due to COPD can be decreased by up to 80 percent when healthcare is provided to patients and their families at home. This transformational approach not only improves quality of care, but would also avoid 68,500 emergency department visits, 44,100 hospitalizations and 400,000 bed days - saving $688 million in hospital costs over the next five years.

UK - New single oversight framework launched to help NHS providers improve services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The UK National Health Service (NHS) has launched a new single oversight and improvement framework to improve services by NHS providers. The framework identifies where providers may benefit from improvement support across 5 areas: quality of care, finance and resource use, operational performance, strategic change and leadership capability.

Finland - Government to create conditions for competence-based growth of health sector This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Finland’s government has just published a 2-year strategic roadmap for health sector research and innovation. Measures include new innovation-friendly regulatory legislation, increases in coordinated funding, and structural health and social service reforms, calibrated to competency-based growth.

France - Deposit of the Genomics 2025 report This hyperlink will open in a new window.
On June 22, 2016, the President of the Alliance nationale pour les sciences de la vie et de la santé (AVIESAN), submitted this plan to the Prime Minister of France. The implementation of measures included in the plan should enable France to consolidate its leading position in the field of personalized medicine. It provides for the establishment of 12 high-speed genomic sequencing platforms, and comprehensive analysis of the order of genes that make up the DNA of each individual on the territory.

International - OECD Health Statistics 2016 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by the OECD, this annual publication is the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across the 34 OECD countries. It is an essential tool to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health systems.

Upcoming Events

Australia - National Primary Health Care (NPHC) Conference 2016
The Public Health Association of Australia, supported by the Australian Hospital and Health Care Association, will be hosting this conference from November 23 to 25, 2016, in Melbourne. Abstract submissions for oral, table-top and poster presentations are invited, with a deadline of July 31. The 3 main themes are community, clinical practice, and governance.

Canada - Leading primary care to strengthen a population-focused health system
The conference of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario will take place in Toronto on October 17 and 18, 2016. It will be built around 7 core themes: planning programs and fostering partnerships; optimizing access to interprofessional teams; strengthening collaboration within teams; measuring performance; coordinating care for better transitions; leadership and governance; and clinical innovations to address equity.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - The case of national health promotion policy in Australia: where to now? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Australia’s federal government has recently introduced major funding cuts to health promotion and prevention. This paper discusses strategies to move forward within the context of recent disinvestments, such as the abolition of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), the cessation of activities by the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, and significant cuts to prevention programs for indigenous Australians.

Belgium - Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for the Appraisal of Medical Needs: A Pilot Study This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In Belgium, drug reimbursement decisions have traditionally been taken without consideration for the preferences of patients. The country’s Federal Centre for Health Care Knowledge (KCE) developed this pilot study to appraise medical needs and identify the reimbursement criteria most important to citizens. Results show that Belgians emphasize quality of life and drawbacks from existing treatments over the extension of life at all costs.

Canada - The Naylor Report and Health Policy: Canada Needs a New Model This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The federal government should recognize the limited success of past attempts to achieve healthcare reform with conditional transfers to the provinces and instead focus more on independent initiatives, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “The Naylor Report and Health Policy: Canada Needs a New Model,” authors Åke Blomqvist and Colin Busby suggest a variety of initiatives including the promotion of better information technology dissemination to providers and patients, and more systematic cost-effectiveness evaluations of new drugs and devices.

UK - Increasing the Role of Social Business Models in Health and Social Care: An Evidence Review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In the UK, 3 social business models (SBMs) predominate in the delivery of health and social care: social enterprises, cooperatives, and micro businesses. This Welsh report examines what can be done to encourage SBMs. It draws on evidence from other countries, including other parts of the UK, and provides practical examples of SBMs and examines reasons for their successes.

UK - Does Competition from Private Surgical Centres Improve Public Hospitals’ Performance? Evidence from the English National Health Service This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper examines the impact of competition from private specialty surgical centres (Independent Sector Treatment Centres, or ISTCs) on hospitals in the National Health Service (NHS). It finds that ISTCs lead to greater efficiency — measured by length of stay for hip and knee replacements — at nearby public hospitals. However, ISTCs also take on healthier patients and leave NHS hospitals treating sicker patients with longer hospital stays.

UK - Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the International Longevity Centre (ILC) and available online, this 170-page book collects essays by multiple authors on the effects of population aging on Britain’s welfare state. The book considers the societal challenges posed by demographic change and proposes health, pension, housing, and labour market reforms to preserve welfare state policies and encourage social participation by older Britons.

International - Waiting time policies in the health sector This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Examining wait time policies in the 34 OECD countries, this study compares policies in the UK with those in Scandinavia, Portugal, the Netherlands and New Zealand. It discusses the prioritization policies of the UK National Health Service (NHS) and assesses inequalities in waiting times by socioeconomic status across the OECD.

International -Training health professionals in shared decision making: Update of an international environmental scan This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Updating a 2012 international environmental scan of training programs in shared decision making (SDM) for health professionals, this paper identified 94 new eligible programs, an increase of 174% in four years, bringing the total number of programs to 148. Of the new programs, 40 targeted licensed health professionals, 8 targeted pre-licensure trainees, and 27 targeted both groups.