Headlines

Canada - 2017 CMA Workforce Survey highlights doctors' concern over patient access to care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A survey by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) shows physicians are concerned about patients' ability to access care. Sampling 7,000 physicians across Canada, the CMA Workforce Survey found that only 48.6% rated Canadians' access to hospital elective procedures as satisfactory. A large majority (80.9%) rated access to long-term care beds as unsatisfactory.

Canada - Mental Health Commission of Canada Launches Mental Health First Aid Program for Seniors and Their Caregivers and Service Providers This hyperlink will open in a new window.
On September 6, 2017, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) launched Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Seniors, an Ontario training program to support the mental health needs of older people. MHFA Seniors trains senior citizens, caregivers, and service providers to respond to an emerging mental health problem until appropriate treatment is delivered.

Europe - Report shows progress towards Health 2020 targets This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The WHO reports that Europe is moving towards the WHO Health 2020 goals. Forty-three European countries have now aligned national policies with Health 2020 priorities and defined targets and indicators. Health 2020 focuses on health inequities and their social determinants to improve health and well-being.

UK - NHS hospitals deeper in the red than reported, new analysis shows This hyperlink will open in a new window.
According to an analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank, National Health Service (NHS) hospitals spent £3 billion ($4.85 billion Cdn) more than officially reported in 2016. The researchers conclude that without more financing, NHS hospitals will be unable to manage discrepancies between funds received and the cost of patient care.

USA - Meaningful Use legislation led to a 'substantial change' in EHR adoption This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study finds that an incentive program established under the federal 2009 HITECH Act has substantially increased electronic health record (EHR) adoption by American hospitals. The authors say the so-called Meaningful Use legislation could serve as a model to influence health technology adoption in the future.

Upcoming Events

France – Pay for performance: History, impact and future prospects
This conference takes place on October 20, 2017, in Paris. Presentations will examine the impact of P4P on hospital management and particular challenges that have emerged in France. Perspectives of hospital directors and government will be exchanged and payment models that go beyond P4P will be explored.

USA - Global Digital Health Forum
This year’s forum captures the spirit of progress made in the past several years to scale digital health systems, and encourages a critical examination of the continued need for innovation, as well as integration, to improve health outcomes in a changing political landscape. The conference takes place in Washington, DC, from December 4 to 6, 2017.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - Expanding healthcare quality and patient safety reporting across Queensland’s health system This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Prepared for the government of the Australian state of Queensland, this paper discusses the benefits of increasing healthcare quality and safety reporting across the state’s health system. Using Australian and international comparators, it provides evidence that expanded reporting will positively affect health outcomes, professional practice, system administration and cost-effectiveness. The paper proposes extending common reporting measures to Queensland's network of private hospitals.

Canada - Toward Quality Mental Health Services in Canada: A Comparison of Performance Indicators across 5 Provinces This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In 2015, the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health & Addiction (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University led an initiative to develop mental health and addictions performance indicators that could be used comparatively across five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec. These two reports present the project: one provides an overall summary and the other details technical information on indicators and results.

Europe - Health diplomacy: European perspectives This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Health diplomacy is central to health governance at global and regional levels, and integral to foreign policy in many countries. This book published by the WHO presents case studies of health diplomacy in action in Europe. Chapters review road safety in Russia; experience with integrated health diplomacy in Malta and Switzerland; and efforts by the Balkan countries to improve capacity. 

France – Health savings accounts: towards a new funding model for care? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report explores the possible benefits of using health savings accounts in France. These would have the advantage of allowing intertemporal funding of care and ensuring portability. The report describes the systems implemented in the United States and Singapore and stresses the need to remain vigilant with regard to equity of access to this type of system.

New Zealand - Developing accountable care systems. Lessons from Canterbury, New Zealand This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Examining how the UK can reduce demand for acute hospital care, this comparative study looks at an example of municipal health care organization in Canterbury, New Zealand. The example demonstrates that expanding hospital capacity is not needed if sizeable investments are made in primary care and community services. Compared to the UK, the New Zealand model has lower acute medical admission rates and spends considerably less on emergency hospital care.

UK - Reducing health inequalities: system, scale and sustainability This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by Public Health England (PHE), this resource supports local-level action tackling health inequalities by helping local governments, health services, and community and voluntary partners identify what specific interventions could measurably improve outcomes. It discusses interventions to achieve maximum impact at population level and describes how localized health inequalities can be addressed through existing services, resources, and tools.

UK – Partnering for Improvement: inter-organisational developments in the NHS This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Establishing partnerships between National Health Service (NHS) providers is seen as a way to improve local healthcare systems in the UK. Given the widely variable scale and format of possible partnerships, this research explores the diverse expectations and realities of partnering across differing sectors and service arrangements. It discusses forms of individual, structural, mandated, and voluntary partnership, along with factors that affect suitability at local levels.

USA - Hospital-community partnerships to build a culture of health: a compendium of case studies This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the American Hospital Association (AHA), this collection of case studies discusses 10 hospital-community partnerships established in different locations and service types, and their joint initiatives to build a Culture of Health where all individuals have equal opportunities for optimum health. The case studies highlight the wide variety of effective, sustainable strategies and programs in specific local contexts.