Headlines

Canada - Canada’s patient safety performance below OECD average This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Comparisons with other countries in the OECD are showing room for improvement in Canada's healthcare system. According to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Canada performs well below the OECD average in four out of five patient safety indicators, including avoidable complications after surgery.

Canada – Antimicrobial resistance poses significant risk to people, the economy This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In Canada, 26% of infections are resistant to the medicines that are generally first prescribed to treat an infection, a rate that could rise to 40% or beyond in the coming decades, according to an expert panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). By 2050, a total of 396,000 lives could be lost and the Canadian economy could lose $388 billion. When Antibiotics Fail examines the current and future impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on the health and wealth of Canada and explores promising strategies to mitigate the issue. The report presents new health and economic data for Canada and is the most comprehensive assessment of this global threat in the Canadian context

UK - £26 million to help hospitals introduce digital prescriptions This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The UK government is spending £26 million to introduce digital prescription technology that will allow hospitals to move away from handwritten prescriptions. Twenty-five hospitals will initially receive the technology, which will ensure quick access, reduce medication errors, and help build a complete, single UK electronic record for prescriptions.

International - Health at a Glance 2019. OECD Indicators This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the OECD, this year's Health at a Glance report compares 80 key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, candidate and partner countries. Available in 10 languages, the book highlights differences in healthcare quality, available resources, and population health status.

International - New WHO report to bolster efforts to tackle leading causes of urban deaths This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report by the WHO offers guidance and tools to urban leaders tackling the leading causes of death in cities. Non-communicable diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes kill 41 million city dwellers worldwide every year, while road traffic accidents kill 1.35 million.

Events

Canada - Advancing Health Equity: Identifying Barriers and Solutions This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The CAHSPR conference takes place in Saskatoon from May 26 to 29, 2020. The theme of health equity is highlighted as essential to meeting the quadruple aim. The call for abstracts is now open. The deadline is January 17, 2020.

France - 6th IRDES-Dauphine Workshop on Applied Health Economics and Policy Evaluation This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Organized by IRDES in collaboration with the Chaire Santé Dauphine, this workshop aims to stimulate reflection on empirical public policy evaluation. It will explore topics such as social inequalities, health insurance and vulnerable populations. The workshop will be held in Paris on June 18 and 19, 2020. The call for papers is now open. These should include empirical analysis and must be submitted by January 13, 2020.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - A History of Aged Care Reviews This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Australian aged care sector has been the subject of numerous major inquiries and reviews since major reforms were first introduced in 1997. This background paper provides an overview of 18 public inquiries and reports on publicly funded aged care in Australia. Focusing on reports that included evidence from the public, the paper explores and summarizes the subjects, findings, and recommendations of the inquiries.

Australia - Cultural safety in health care: monitoring framework This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by the Australian government, this document brings together available data to assess progress in achieving cultural safety in the healthcare system for Indigenous Australians. The framework includes measures on culturally respectful healthcare services, Indigenous patient experience of health care, and access to healthcare services. The data are presented at national, state and regional levels.

Belgium - Organisation of Mental Health Care for Adults in Belgium This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study investigates the organization of Belgian mental health care in order to assess service gaps and overlaps between existing services. It also evaluates Belgium's performance against international benchmarks. It finds that Belgian mental health care is overly fragmented compared to international peers, and looks at possible reforms to the existing system

Canada- Regional variation in primary care improvement strategies and policy: case studies that consider qualitative contextual data for performance measurement in three Canadian provinces This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Exploring regional improvement strategies for primary care performance, this study examined three health regions in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. It found that six improvement strategies differing in focus and spread were implemented in the three regions. The different strategies focused on physician networks, team-based approaches, provider skill mix expansions, new information systems, remuneration and performance measurement and reporting infrastructure.

UK - Artificial Intelligence: How to get it right. Putting policy into practice for safe data-driven innovation in health and care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to make a significant difference to health care. This report gives an overview of data-driven technologies within the UK healthcare system, covering everything from the local research environment to international frameworks. It outlines where AI technologies can be best utilized in the system, and describes the policy work undertaken to ensure that utilization is safe, effective, and ethically acceptable.

UK - Establishing the evidence base for ‘multiple site single service’ (MSSS) models of care. Systematic review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Models of care that deliver a single clinical service over multiple hospital sites theoretically offer the potential to maintain geographical access to services while delivering good outcomes in terms of care, finance and workforce. This systematic review of 18 studies describes the evidence base for multiple site single service models of care and highlights current research limitations, including the lack of frameworks and outcome measures.

International - The impact of electronic prescribing systems on healthcare professionals’ working practices in the hospital setting: a systematic review and narrative synthesis This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Conducted by UK researchers, this systematic review of 25 studies assesses the international impact of electronic prescribing (EP) systems on the working practices of healthcare professionals in the inpatient setting, and identifies implications for practice and research. The review finds a lack of consensus in the literature on the impact of electronic prescribing on work practices.

International - Working well: a systematic scoping review of the Indigenous primary healthcare workforce development literature This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Strong and effective workforce models are essential for improving comprehensive primary healthcare services for Indigenous peoples in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. This systematic review explores 28 studies that evaluate models and systems supporting the sustainability and capacity of Indigenous primary care workforces and the provision of effective Indigenous primary care.