Canada - How to Effectively Engage Patients in Patient Safety: New Guide available This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Written by patients and providers for patients and providers, the Guide was developed in collaboration with patients and patient engagement experts from across Canada. It is designed for use in all healthcare settings. Published by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, the guide includes four sections: evidence, challenges and enablers that support patients as partners; patient engagement at the point of care; patient engagement at organization and system levels; and evaluating patient engagement.

Canada - Safer cancer care for Ontarians This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The 2017 Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI), released May 17, 2017 by the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario, identifies several improvements to safety this year within the cancer system. There were fewer perforations during colonoscopies, better drug ordering for chemotherapy, and increasing use of peer review among radiation oncologists across Ontario, increasing quality assurance and safety within the system.

UK - BMA analysis shows that NHS patients endured one of the worst winters on record, with year-round crisis set to become the norm This hyperlink will open in a new window.
An analysis by the British Medical Association (BMA) indicates that the past winter was one of the worst on record for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. All NHS performance markers showed a system struggling to cope with demand. The BMA warns that the NHS may now be entering a state of year-round crisis.

International - Future Health Index commissioned by Philips reveals significant gap between perception and reality of how global health systems are performing This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study released by global health technology firm Royal Philips has revealed a large gap between the perceptions of health professionals and the general population with regard to future health system performance. The study also finds that the most significant benefits of connected care technology are seen in diagnosis, home care, and chronic disease management.

Upcoming Events

Spain - 2nd World Congress on Health Economics Policy & Outcomes Research
This year's conference, entitled "Affordable healthcare transformations for better healthcare delivery" takes place June 29 and 30, 2017, in Madrid. International speakers will address a broad range of topics, from prescription drug prices, to the burden of cardiovascular disease, to determinants of the adoption of innovation in health care, to wound management.

USA - 2017 Health Policy Orientation
Academy Health is organizing this seminar to explore the many mechanisms of the policy process in the US, including key players, the budget process, state health policy and public opinion. It takes place in Washington, DC, from October 23 to 25, 2017. Registration will open in mid-July.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 provides up-to-date information on 68 performance measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health, and health system performance. The measures cover data that has been collected on the entire Australian health system, including Indigenous-specific services and programs, and mainstream services.

Japan - Empirical Study on the Utilization and Effects of Health Checkups in Japan This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Using data from the Japanese Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions 1995-2013, this study examined the utilization and effects of regular general health check-ups. Results suggest a large regional disparity in the prevalence of health check-ups in Japan, as well as few effects on health status, unhealthy behaviours and medical expenses. Part-time workers have a lower participation rate in general health check-ups.

Sweden - Information, Switching Costs, and Consumer Choice: Evidence from Two Randomized Field Experiments in Swedish Primary Health Care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study, based on two large-scale randomized field experiments in primary health care, examines if choice of provider is affected when consumers receive comparative information and when the cost of switching providers is reduced. In both experiments, the propensity to switch providers increased significantly after the intervention, especially among new community residents and those with alternative providers close by.

UK - Towards affordable healthcare: Why effective innovation is key This hyperlink will open in a new window.
New report from independent think tank finds just seven health innovations could save the NHS £18.5 billion, and the social care sector £6.3 billion between 2015 – 2030. The report concludes that the UK is often not doing enough with the tools at its disposal to implement such innovations.

UK - Open innovation in health. A guide to transforming healthcare through collaboration This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by Nesta, this guide explores international examples of open innovation in the field of health and examines the ways that companies, governments, researchers and citizens are collaborating to improve the innovation process. The guide analyzes 18 types of open innovation initiative, illustrated with examples from around the world, and identifies open innovation approaches across the innovation cycle.

UK - The NHS and social care: prospects for funding, staffing and performance in the 2020s This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Making projections for funding, staffing and performance, this report on British social care and the National Health Service (NHS) explores the varying organizational structures and delivery mechanisms of the UK's four nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). It finds no evidence that the purchaser-provider split of NHS England achieves better results than the centralized systems of the rest of the UK.

International - International Profiles of Health Care Systems This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by the Commonwealth Fund, this publication profiles healthcare systems in 19 countries (Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the US). System financing and coverage methods are described and country performance measures are presented along with information on providers and spending.

International - International Comparisons of Health Prices and Volumes: New Findings This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This OECD brief looks at recent methodological advances in breaking down health and hospital spending into price and volume components and developing output-based measures to make pricing processes comparable across systems and countries. It shows that health-specific price levels play an important role in explaining differences in per capita healthcare volumes across OECD countries.