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Building improvement capability, spreading innovations to be focus of Health Quality Council’s work for 2016-2019

HQC Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:28 AM

Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council (HQC) has released a new three-year strategy for working with organizations and patients in this province to accelerate improvements in health care quality and safety.

The Council’s new plan includes four priority strategies for continuing to make health care better and safer:

  • Integrate patients and families as partners in all aspects of health care
  • Build learning systems to spread knowledge on improving health care quality and safety
  • Measure health care outcomes and processes to generate evidence for decision making
  • Drive improvements in health care quality and safety by spreading best practices, ideas, and innovations

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Health regions to lift visiting hours restrictions in facilities

HQC Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 9:08 AM

Today, Health Minister Dustin Duncan confirmed that Saskatchewan will be the first Canadian province to take a provincial approach to an open family presence policy in health care facilities.  Health regions are now moving toward more flexible visiting hours in health facilities, which will welcome families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to the patient’s preference. The approach recognizes that families are important partners in patient care, and are not simply visitors.  The patient will define who comprises their family, such as relatives or other people they are close to.


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Some Saskatchewan women become pregnant while on acne medication known to cause birth defects, despite Canadian prevention guidelines

HQC Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 9:19 AM

Despite a prevention program aimed at prescribers and patients, some women are becoming pregnant while taking an acne medication known to harm the fetus, says a new study involving the province’s Health Quality Council (HQC) that included Saskatchewan data. The Saskatchewan portion of the research was conducted at the Health Quality Council, under the direction of Dr. Brandace Winquist, a Maternal and Perinatal Health Researcher and Research Consultant to the Health Quality Council. HQC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gary Teare, is the principal investigator in Saskatchewan for the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) – the national research group that undertook this research.

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HQC contributes to new study on anti-diabetic incretin-based drugs, published in New England Journal of Medicine

HQC Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 4:32 PM

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine; incretin-based drugs (a type of medication used to treat type 2 diabetes) do not increase the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure relative to commonly used combinations of oral anti-diabetic drugs. The provincial portion of the study was performed at the Health Quality Council (HQC) and Nianping Hu, a research analyst with HQC, was lead researcher for the study in Saskatchewan and one of its co-authors. Find out more here.

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Health care leaders to participate in innovative computer modelling boot camp

HQC Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:22 AM

What if we could see what community-based health services would make a positive impact on patients, without actually having to invest in and implement those services first? What if we could use computer modelling to simulate these community-based programs, to see what potential impact they could have on the length of patients’ hospitals stays and health outcomes?

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Gary Teare named CEO of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council

HQC Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 10:11 AM

Following an extensive national executive search, Gary Teare has been announced as the new CEO of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council (HQC).

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Health Quality Council launches second annual Saskatchewan Change Day

HQC Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 10:32 AM

A provincial campaign that last year generated hundreds of pledges to improve health care is back.

The 2015 edition of Saskatchewan Change Day, a social movement campaign organized by the province’s Health Quality Council (HQC), officially kicked off today.

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New appointments to HQC board include leaders from health regions, clinical practice, and industry

HQC Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 10:22 AM

Four new members are joining the board of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council, bringing leadership experience from the clinical care setting, industry, and health regions. Cheryl Craig, CEO of the Five Hills Health Region; Tom Kishchuk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd.; Dr. Werner Oberholzer, family physician in Radville, Saskatchewan; and, Beth Vachon, CEO of the Cypress Health Region

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U of S researchers, Health Quality Council release dementia report and recommendations

HQC Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:00 AM

A report released today by the University of Saskatchewan-based Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Team and the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC) provides new information on the scope of dementia across the province and offers five recommendations for action.

 

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Pledge goal exceeded for first Saskatchewan Change Day

HQC Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 8:30 AM

Hundreds of people have pledged to take one small step to make the health system better, as part of a new initiative called Saskatchewan Change Day that is being celebrated throughout the province today.

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