Headlines

Canada - New report highlights urgent shortage of Emergency Physicians in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report from the College of Family Physicians of Canada estimates that there is now a shortage of 478 emergency physicians in the country and that without immediate action, this number will triple by 2025. The College calls for a significant expansion of emergency medicine residency slots. 

Canada – New report outlines actions needed to reduce chronic disease in Aboriginal communities This hyperlink will open in a new window.
On June 15, 2016, Cancer Care Ontario released the report Path to Prevention - Recommendations for Reducing Chronic Disease in First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and respiratory diseases are increasing, and the report provides the Government of Ontario with evidence-based policy recommendations to reduce exposure to four key risk factors: commercial tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating.

UK - Map of technology and data in health and care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This interactive map produced by The King's Fund brings together case studies highlighting some of the places that are experimenting with and implementing new technologies to achieve better health outcomes or more efficient care. The case studies, mostly from England, have been explored in King's Fund reports or presented at their conferences. They include digital access to mental health care, diabetes digital coaching, and telehealth monitoring.

International - Malnutrition Becoming the “New Normal” Across the Globe This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released its 2016 Global Nutrition Report, finding that malnutrition is increasing in every country in the world and is a leading global driver of disease. Forty-four percent of countries examined now experience very serious levels of both undernutrition and adult obesity.

Upcoming Events

Canada - 4th National Forum on Patient Experience
Taking place in Toronto on September 20 and 21, 2016, this year's forum will present concrete solutions for sustaining patient experience strategies in healthcare institutions. Speakers will discuss how to implement new legislation of physician-assisted dying, new Accreditation Canada standards, and will look at best ways to use patient experience measurement tools.

France - Cybermed 2016
This second edition of Cybermed takes place in Antibes, on September 17 and 18, 2016. Il will attempt to answer questions regarding current use of e-health ideas and projects. Workshops, roundtable discussions and presentations will discuss the development of tools and projects in the area of e-health, data security and the evaluation of applications, robotics and connected systems.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Catalyzers and brakes on health system innovation in Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This project report prepared by Pôle Santé HEC and CIRANO describes results of the first phase of a study aiming to formulate recommendations to the government of Québec to promote the development of a culture of innovation in the health system. It includes a document review and consultation with system stakeholders, and identifies 26 factors that impact innovation.

Canada - Financial Models and Fiscal Incentives: Proceedings From the Healthy Canada Conference, June 2016 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The conference, held at the end of 2015, provided delegates with practical insights and evidence-based solutions on how financial models and tax incentives can be leveraged to improve population health and the sustainability of the health care system while delivering value for money. Presentations dealt with funding models and with financial incentives in health innovation and to promote healthy behaviours.

Canada - WANTED: Leadership for Healthcare This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The C.D. Howe Institute presents this verbatim report of a talk given by Don Drummond and Duncan Sinclair in June 2016. They discuss leadership and the need for transformative changes to integrate care and improve access. They set out a detailed plan to expand Medicare into the Phase 2 that Tommy Douglas originally anticipated, broadening the range of insured services. They also propose ending the prohibition on providing medical services outside Medicare, and allowing some flexibility to charge user fees for certain types of service.

Canada - Variations in Quality Indicators across Ontario Physician Networks This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This chartbook from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Ontario reports performance levels for a set of quality indicators that reflect health care delivery across settings of primary and specialty care, acute hospital care and long-term care, as well as shared care and transitions from one setting to another. The quality indicators include screening and prevention, evidence-based medications, drug safety, hospital to community transitions, adverse outcomes, imaging and cancer end-of-life care.

Canada - Improving Health System Efficiency in Canada: Perspectives of Decision-Makers This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report is Phase 3 of a multi-phased project undertaken by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) that aims to understand health system efficiency in Canada. Phase 1 sought to define efficiency and Phase 2 applied this definition to existing data. Phase 3 presents a qualitative case study involving decision-makers from British Columbia and Nova Scotia that looks at actions they have taken and challenges they face in improving health system efficiency.

Europe - Typology of health policy reforms and framework for evaluating reform effects This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report from the European Commission's Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health develops a typology of reforms that can be used to assess the impact and progress on areas such as coverage, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.

Europe - Priorities for health systems strengthening in the WHO European Region This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In this issue, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies explores how Member States are strengthening their health systems. Articles look at priorities for strengthening people-centred health systems; moving towards universal health coverage; enhancing the health workforce; ensuring equitable access to cost-effective medicines and technology; and improving health information systems.

UK - Stepping up to the place: the key to successful health and care integration This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Four UK organizations — the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Local Government Association, NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Confederation — came together on this report to call for an acceleration of efforts to integrate health and social care. The principle needs to be tested and evaluated by partners across the services spectrum.

International - An International Comparative Study of Financing Healthcare: The Case of Eight Developed Countries in 1990s- 2000s This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In this discussion paper from the Institute for Economic Studies at Keio University in Japan, country-level health care expenditures in countries with social insurance programs (Japan, the Netherlands and France) and in countries with taxation models (the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Norway) are compared according to financial structures. It finds that healthcare expenditures have increased in centralized countries that have an authority to set insurance premiums or tax rates, regardless of population aging.