Canada - McMaster Health Forum launches revamped Health Systems Evidence This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Health Systems Evidence (HSE) has recently improved its ability to support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers who want access the best available research evidence in a timely manner. The site now features a number of enhancements, including: responsive design to optimize the interface on both desktop and mobile; a more powerful open search function; a guided search option to help inexperienced users quickly find what they need; and the ability to save preferred searches, save retrieved documents and exports results.

Canada - New Brunswickers’ Experiences with Home Care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The New Brunswick Health Council (NBHC) is publishing the results of its most recent survey regarding home care services in New Brunswick. For the first time, comparisons can be made between survey results (2015 and 2012) to see if any improvements have been made. This year again, satisfaction remains high. In terms of the services received, 95.1% of respondents were satisfied with the Extra-Mural Program, and 88.7% indicated they were satisfied with services received from home care agencies or home support workers, results similar to those of 2012. However, unmet needs are a growing concern, as 14.5% of respondents have reported in 2015 that more could be done to help them stay at home (compared to 11.4% in 2012), such as more hours of service on weeknights or on weekends.

Switzerland - Shortage of qualified personnel: new measures in the health sector This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Swiss initiative to combat the shortage of qualified staff (commonly called FKI) aims to better exploit the indigenous potential of qualified personnel and reduce Switzerland's dependency on foreign workers in health. In this context, the Federal Council approved two new measures: promotion programs: a 2017-2021 program to support informal caregivers, and a program to promote interprofessional collaboration in the health sector. The aim is to address a shortage of qualified staff that is already having an impact on the health system.

UK - Major programme launched to help NHS providers boost their finances This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Providers within the UK National Health Service (NHS) will be able to access financial help under a financial improvement program created by two national UK healthcare bodies, the NHS Monitor and the Trust Development Authority (TDA). The new program will enable NHS providers to take advantage of additional improvement advice and expertise.

International - Health workers with right skills in right places needed This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The number of doctors and nurses has reached record levels in the OECD. Countries should now reform their training and employment strategies to better respond to people’s changing health needs and also reduce their reliance on foreign-trained health workers from developing countries, according to a new OECD report. “Health Workforce Policies in OECD countries: Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places” says that in 2013, a total of 3.6 million doctors and 10.8 million nurses were employed in OECD countries, up from 2.9 million doctors and 8.3 million nurses in 2000.

Upcoming Events

USA - Health Datapalooza 2016
Health Datapalooza is a national conference focused on liberating health data, and bringing together the companies, academics, government agencies, and individuals with the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data to improve patient outcomes. It takes place May 8 to 11, 2016, in Washington, DC.

UK - Health Services Research UK Symposium 2016
This symposium, taking place in Nottingham on July 13 and 14, 2016, presents the leading edge of health services research. The meeting is supported by Universities UK and the Health Foundation. Program details will be available soon.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - Australian Health Care Reform: Challenges, Opportunities and the Role of PHNs This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Australia’s public healthcare system is currently undergoing reforms to introduce Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and widespread use of electronic health records. The reforms will also extend mental health services and change key health system funding measures. This paper explores the reform challenges facing Australia’s healthcare system and examines opportunities related to the introduction of PHNs.

Canada - Rolling-out Lean in the Saskatchewan Health Care System: Politics Derailing Policy This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper examines the recent Lean management reform of Saskatchewan’s provincial healthcare system. Lean focuses on continuous improvement, employee engagement, and the elimination of waste. The paper says Saskatchewan’s reforms appear to have been derailed as key actors, and the public have challenged the goals and process of Lean methodology, as well as its costs.

Europe - Person-centred care in Europe: a cross-country comparison of health system performance, strategies and structures This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Published by the Picker Institute, an international charity based in England, this policy briefing compares patient or person-centred care within healthcare systems in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. The briefing considers health system performance, strategies and structures, along with the cost-effectiveness of national person-centred care schemes.

Europe - From innovation to implementation – eHealth in the WHO European Region This hyperlink will open in a new window.

This report describes the development of and emerging trends in electronic health (e-health) in the WHO European Region in 2016. Its content and key messages are based on data collected from the 2015 WHO Global eHealth Survey and the assistance of a number of key practitioners in the field. The report gives case examples to illustrate success stories in countries and the practical application of e-health in various settings. Together, the findings and analysis provided in this report offer a detailed insight into the development of e-health in Europe.

Italy - The Veneto model – a regional approach to tackling global and European health challenges, 2016 This hyperlink will open in a new window.

This WHO report addresses health policy and practice in the northern Veneto region of Italy around the city of Venice. The report examines how Veneto promotes and provides health and social care with an emphasis on community and home care, and describes how the region’s autonomous healthcare system was developed.

International - Safer Healthcare. Strategies for the Real World This hyperlink will open in a new window.

In this book, the authors argue that we need to see safety through the patient’s eyes, to consider how safety is managed in different contexts and to develop a wider strategic and practical vision in which patient safety is recast as the management of risk over time. The authors, Charles Vincent from the University of Oxford and René Amalberti from the HAS in France, conceived of the book as they looked at the considerable safety implications inherent in technological and organizational changes underway in health care.

International - The Drivers of Public Health Spending: Integrating Policies and Institutions This hyperlink will open in a new window.

This economic working paper from the OECD investigates the impact of policies and institutions on health expenditures for a large panel of OECD countries for the period 2000-2010. It uses a set of 20 policy and institutional indicators characterising supply-side, demand-side, and public management, coordination and financing features of health systems. The analysis helps to explain inter-country variations in health spending.

International - Public reporting on quality, waiting times and patient experience in 11 high-income countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.

This article published in Health Policy maps current approaches to public reporting on waiting times, patient experience and aggregate measures of quality and safety in 11 high-income countries (Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States). Using a questionnaire-based survey of key national informants, the authors found that the data most commonly made available to the public are on waiting times for hospital treatment, with Information on patient experience at hospital level also made available in many countries.