Canada - CMA and CMA Foundation launch new Healthy Canadians Grants program to support community-led health initiatives This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), in partnership with the CMA Foundation, is launching the Healthy Canadians Grants program, a grassroots initiative providing funding to community-led initiatives that improve quality of life for patients and people in vulnerable populations. The theme for this year's grants is seniors' wellness.

Canada - Health Canada launches consultations on palliative care framework This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Health Canada has launched public consultations on a framework for palliative care in Canada that will help improve access and provide a useful reference point across jurisdictions to identify opportunities, address gaps, and share promising practices. People are invited to submit their views online before July 13, 2018.

UK - Scotland's Digital Health and Care Strategy - Enabling, Connecting and Empowering This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Scotland’s government has developed a digital health and care strategy to maximize the use of information technology (IT) to reshape and improve health services, support person-centred care, and improve outcomes. The new strategy will focus on four key priority areas: information governance, service transformation, workforce capability, and a clearly delineated transition process.

UK - Review announced into training NHS staff to use AI and robotics This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The UK government has announced an independent review to study how National Health Service (NHS) staff can be trained to use current cutting-edge technologies. The review will look at such fields as artificial intelligence (including robotics), genomics, and digital medicine, while considering the implications for the skills required of future healthcare professionals.

Hong Kong - Government launches strategy and action plan to prevent and control non-communicable diseases This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Hong Kong’s government is implementing a strategy and action plan (SAP) to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including disability and premature death, by 2025. The SAP defines nine local targets and a systematic portfolio of initiatives to introduce interventions throughout the life course that help prevent the occurrence and progression of NCDs.

Upcoming Events

France - Why and how to reduce variations in medical practice? Paths for improving care quality
This seminar is an opportunity to discuss the consequences of these variations for health policies and to explore ways to reduce unjustified variations in medical practices. The subject will be explored by leading pioneers in this field from Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. The seminar takes place in Paris on September 5, 2018.

USA - Digital Health Care Innovations Congress
This congress brings together the virtual health care summit, the population health analytics summit and the health plan wellness and population health summit. It takes place from July 30 to August 1, in Boston. Best practices in driving digital transformation, expanding telehealth and understanding the patient journey will be explored, among many other topics.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - A review of the Australian healthcare system: A policy perspective This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This article compares Australia’s healthcare system to similar systems internationally in order to highlight major challenges, including resource allocation and improvements to performance and patient outcomes. The article recommends that bureaucratic capacity models be applied to health care to optimize outcomes. It calls for a re-evaluation of current reimbursement methods, along with increased scrutiny of the appropriateness of care.

Belgium – Health Prospect ING 2018. Efficient management of hospital stays This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Health Prospect ING 2018. La gestion efficiente des séjours hospitaliers The efficient management of hospital stays has become an increasingly important issue in recent years and is a central consideration in the current hospital reform. In Belgium, the outpatient shift and innovations such as integrated networks to prevent the hospitalization of chronic care patients in acute beds have not yet reached the level seen in neighbouring countries. This ING publication provides an analysis of the experiences in comparable health systems that have implemented processes to reduce the demand for acute care beds.

Europe - Culture and reform of mental health care in central and eastern Europe This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report builds on a workshop held in the Czech Republic by the WHO in October 2017. It aims to improve understanding of cultural aspects that impact and drive mental healthcare reform in central and Eastern Europe. The report outlines the key points and recommendations made by participants in relation to this objective.

UK - The effects of integrated care: a systematic review of UK and international evidence This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This review of 167 prior studies examined the effects of health services integration on delivery outcomes. There was evidence of improved quality of care, patient satisfaction, and access to care. Overall, the literature was limited when it came to consideration of the effects on service users.

Europe - Varieties of Health Care Devolution: “Systems or Federacies”? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Some European countries have devolved healthcare services to subnational units. This paper examines broad trends in two types of devolution: a federacy model, where only a few territories obtain healthcare responsibilities (seen in the UK), and a systems model, where the whole health system is devolved to subnational units (such as in Spain). Findings suggest that the systems model gives rise to significant policy interdependence.

UK - Improving staff retention. A collection of practical resources to help NHS organisations to improve staff retention This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Set up by the National Health Service (NHS), this website gathers a large collection of resources to help NHS organizations improve staff retention. It includes staff retention guides, government policy documents and case studies of NHS organization. It also features advice from NHS human resources directors, medical and nursing directors, and NHS providers to help promote best practices and optimum learning.

USA - Leaning in to Succeed in Public Hospitals This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Lean has been written about extensively as a philosophy and management system embedded in a culture of continuous improvement. This article looks at lessons learned from Lean’s application within two California public hospitals in the San Francisco area. It stresses that Lean methodologies are most successful when staff at all levels commit to them, and that Lean processes can take years to fully implement.

International - Organizational contextual features that influence the implementation of evidence-based practices across healthcare settings: a systematic integrative review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Conducted by Canadian researchers, this systematic review of 36 studies identifies commonly reported organizational context features that influence the implementation of evidence-based practices across healthcare settings, and describes how these features affect implementation. The review finds that six main features influence outcomes: organizational culture, leadership, communication, resources, evaluation and monitoring. Organizational culture was the feature most commonly reported to affect implementation.