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Meet the Researcher: Meric Osman

HQC Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:21 PM

Meric Osman joined the Health Quality Council as a research analyst in January 2012 before taking on his current researcher role in June 2014. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Bilkent University in Turkey, and a Master of Arts degree in economics, with a specialization in health economics, from the University of Saskatchewan.

Below, Meric talks about his work at HQC, what he’s doing when he’s not at work and his love for his family, soccer and soap-making.

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HQC response to report of Provincial Auditor

HQC Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 10:52 AM

Today the Provincial Auditor released her report on whether HQC had effective processes to coordinate the use of Lean as a continuous improvement methodology across the health sector, between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. Here is our response to her findings and recommendations.


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HQC researcher supports Variations and Appropriateness work

HQC Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 9:22 AM

Laura Schwartz, who has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in community health and epidemiology, joined the Health Quality Council (HQC) team in July 2012.

As a researcher, Laura is involved in a variety of projects at HQC, including the Appropriateness/Best Practice Outcome work, for which she provides measurement support for two of the clinical pathways under development in Saskatchewan. Some of her other accomplishments include helping with the Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative, as well as coordinating a primary health care survey called Quality and Costs in Primary Care (QUALICO).

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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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Dr. Gary Teare named interim CEO of Health Quality Council

HQC Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 3:00 PM

Dr. Gary Teare, executive director of measurement and analysis for the province’s Health Quality Council, has been appointed interim CEO by that agency’s board of directors. The announcement was made today by Dr. Susan Shaw, chair of the HQC.

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Study results in medication policy change

HQC Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 11:52 AM

A study conducted by Saskatchewan researchers – including collaborators from the Health Quality Council (HQC) – has resulted in a change in the provincial reimbursement policy for a particular cholesterol-lowering drug known as ezetimibe or Ezetrol®. 


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HQC employee, board members publish articles in Healthcare Quarterly

HQC Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:43 PM

A Health Quality Council (HQC) employee and two HQC board members have published articles in a special issue of Healthcare Quarterly that is focused on patient safety.

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Chief Executive Officer of province’s Health Quality Council taking reins at Saskatchewan Medical Association

HQC Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:59 AM

Dr. Susan Shaw, chair of the province’s Health Quality Council, announced today that Bonnie Brossart is stepping down as that organization’s Chief Executive Officer to become CEO of the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA). Brossart takes the reins at the SMA effective January 5, 2015.

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HQC and RaDAR partner on dementia project

HQC Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 3:21 PM

Collaborators from the Health Quality Council (HQC) and the Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) team are working together to better understand dementia care and the number of people who are living with dementia in Saskatchewan.

The first phase of the RaDAR-HQC Gap Analysis of Dementia Care project – which has just wrapped up – included an analysis of administrative health data, as well as a review of best practices in dementia care and an environmental scan of dementia-related services and resources. The second phase will begin in January.

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Quality Insight provides valuable information to Saskatoon Health Region’s long-term care staff

HQC Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 1:14 PM

Staff and managers working in long-term care homes in Saskatoon Health Region are using information available from the Quality Insight website to help...

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