Health Care Policy

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

New guidelines for mental health disorders in pregnant and postpartum women
New guidelines for mental health disorders in pregnant
and postpartum women

As many as one in five women in BC will experience a mental health disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Such disorders affect all aspects of a woman’s life, as well as that of her baby and family. If ...

Posted: October 23, 2014|Health Care Policy, Mental Health|0 comments

Partnering for patients to make transitions seamless
Partnering for patients to make transitions seamless

Part of the design team working towards seamlessly transitioning patients from hospital to home. A patient’s transition from hospital to home is a critical time in their health care journey. While hospitals and community care services are there to help, ...

Posted: October 21, 2014|Featured, Health Care Policy, Patient Care|0 comments

Achieving distinction in trauma services
Achieving distinction in trauma services

For some Canadians, a routine commute to work in the morning may end at a designated trauma centre, courtesy of a moment of inattention or a slippery road. For others, it might be a life threatening medical condition. The services ...


Hospitals successfully integrate midwives
Hospitals successfully integrate midwives

Midwife Carol Cameron (left) and Elaine Goulbourne (right), Patient Care Director, Surgical and Maternal Child Services at MSH, received the award from AOM president Lisa M. Weston. The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) recently recognized two health care organizations for ...


Improving organ donation numbers
Improving organ donation numbers

William Osler Health System has made significant gains in organ and tissue donation, according to year-end data from Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), the Ontario agency responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplant. TGLN reports that Osler’s conversion ...


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