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One of HQC’s priorities is to build learning systems to spread knowledge on improving health care quality and safety throughout Saskatchewan. HQC is proud to facilitate the QI Power Hour learning series. Join us for these free WebEx sessions on an array of quality improvement-related topics.

Here is what past participants had to say about these sessions:

“This session was great. It provided the perfect level of information for someone starting to coach others about measures.” (Measurement and Data, September 23, 2015)

“Taking time for self-reflection was very valuable. It was a new way of looking at some old behaviors – I’m willing to put it into action.” (Seven Languages for Transformation, June 17, 2016)

“This session supported me by providing a clear framework and an understanding of when to use the different conflict styles. My learnings were very tangible and included practical tools; it’s not just theory.” (Conflict Management: Getting to the Root Cause, November 4, 2016)



Title: Health System Modelling for Strategic Planning to Reduce Emergency Department Wait Times

Guest speakers: Adrienne Danyliw, Project and Policy Consultant, Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative, and Yuan Tian, Researcher, Health Quality Council

Date and time: Friday, June 16, 2017, 9:30 am – 10:30 am Central Standard Time

Session Description: Emergency Department (ED) crowding, often reflected by long ED wait times, not only decreases patients’ satisfaction with ED care, but also leads to adverse effects on patient outcomes. ED crowding is broadly acknowledged as a system problem; operational improvements in ED alone are not enough to tackle the problem. Given the complexity of the causes of long ED wait times, is there a systematic, analytic approach to strategic planning that could assemble empirical data, local context, evidence, and a wide range of experts’ and stakeholders’ involvement to solve ED crowding? Can we use this tool to quantify and compare the likely effectiveness of multiple interventions to prioritize efforts in combating ED overcrowding before implementation?

This session will provide participants with an overview of the concept of health system modelling. We will then take a deep dive into how we have used system modelling in the Saskatchewan health care system to help inform strategic planning to reduce wait times in Emergency Departments, including how it has challenged us to take a truly systematic approach to address this issue. Participants will learn:

·         About the concept of computer simulation modelling

·         The rationale for using the health system modelling approach to guide the work of the ED Waits and Patient Flow Initiative in Saskatchewan

·         How this tool has been used for cross-functional planning

·         Results and key findings to date

·         Other applications and future opportunities to use health system modelling in health care in Saskatchewan

To participate in this session, please join both the teleconference and WebEx, using the details below:

Teleconference number: 1-888-289-4573

Participant passcode: 2024041 

Join WebEx meeting

Meeting number: 632 261 656   

Meeting password: Meeting123       

When logging in to WebEx, please include the name of your organization.


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