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Building a health system that meets the needs of an aging population
Building a health system that meets the needs of an
aging population

Sylvia Purdon and Jim Macquire, married 27 years with eight children and 14 grandchildren between them, share a passion for bird watching, outdoor walks and travel. Originally a teacher and then a municipal politician, Sylvia spent the final six and what ...


HealthCareCAN’s new database features technological innovation in patient care settings
HealthCareCAN’s new database features technological
innovation in patient care settings

If necessity is the mother of invention, patient care organizations are fertile grounds for the development of innovative technologies.  Since 2012, over 6,000 news stories from the top five per cent of the most frequently read print media sources in Canada featured ...


How one hospital is recruiting and retaining top talent
How one hospital is recruiting and retaining top talent

David Musyj is President and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital At Canadian hospitals, the pressure to control expenses while at the same time, recruit and retain the best talent is getting more and more difficult.  One solution that Windsor Regional ...


Physicians engaged to lead on organ donation in Ontario
Physicians engaged to lead on organ donation in Ontario

Organ and tissue donation benefits society as a whole.  It gives a second chance at life to patients waiting for transplantation and positively contributes to the lives of their families and friends.  It also is a source of comfort to ...


Health stories that made headlines in 2014
Health stories that made headlines in 2014

Ebola The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. ...

Posted: December 24, 2014|Featured, Health Care Policy|0 comments

Strong relationships ensure safe medication transitions
Strong relationships ensure safe medication transitions

Last year at Runnymede, 100 per cent of patients had medication reconciliations completed at admission and discharge. Preventable, drug-related hospitalizations cost the Canadian health care system approximately $2.6 billion per year; according to a joint report from Accreditation Canada, the ...


How are Ontario hospitals measuring up?
How are Ontario hospitals measuring up?

Provincial health care advisor Health Quality Ontario recently released a comprehensive report on Ontario’s health system Health Quality Ontario (HQO) recently released Measuring Up, its yearly report on how the province’s health system is performing. Based on the Common Quality Agenda (created ...

Posted: December 8, 2014|Health Care Policy, Patient Care|1 comment

Accreditation journey leads to enhanced focus on patients
Accreditation journey leads to enhanced focus on patients

As one of the largest and most complex emergency pre-hospital care providers in North America, undertaking accreditation was a daunting task that relied heavily on staff participation. For the last three years, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), which oversees the ...


Putting patients at the helm of symptom management
Putting patients at the helm of symptom management

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is completing the Systemic Therapy Ambulatory Toxicity Management (AToM) Pilot which takes a patient-centred approach to improve how treatment-related toxicities are managed. Population-based studies within Ontario and in other jurisdictions have shown that a high percentage ...

Posted: November 16, 2014|Health Care Policy, Patient Care|0 comments

Defining the patient experience
Defining the patient experience

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would choose a hospital stay over a trip to Disneyland. However, as Fred Lee controversially pointed out almost a decade ago in If Disney Ran Your Hospital, there are many points of ...

Posted: November 15, 2014|Health Care Policy, Patient Care|0 comments

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