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