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Entries for 2016

New Clinical Quality Improvement Program for physicians to launch in January

HQC Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:50 AM

Early in the New Year, 15 Saskatchewan doctors will make up the first wave of participants in the new Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP), which has been designed specifically for clinicians in our health system. Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council (HQC) – in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) and the provincial Ministry of Health – is launching CQIP, with the program set to run from January to November 2017.

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Our Fall 2016 patient- and family-centred care newsletter is here

HQC Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:55 PM

Take this opportunity to learn how our Guiding Coalition is advancing the best practices of patient-and family-centred care in Saskatchewan. This issue also shares our targets for 2016-2017; how Saskatoon’s Long-Term Care Advisory Council is making a difference; how The Meadows long-term care facility in Swift Current creates a resident-centred atmosphere; and, how Prairie North advisors share their stories during Safety Alert training.

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Saskatchewan should embrace variation research: Dr. Brent James, Intermountain Healthcare

HQC Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:52 AM

The key to delivering better, safer health care lies in applying rigorous quality improvement and measurement tools to treatment processes, says the man behind Intermountain Healthcare’s improvement journey. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Brent James has worked to improve patient care by working with clinical teams to develop care standards and measurement systems to support learning and improvement for a wide range of patient needs and care processes. 

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Rewriting the Rules: Enduring and emerging approaches to change

HQC Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:42 PM

Yesterday, 300+ health care leaders, providers, and patients from around Saskatchewan gathered for a workshop on change, led by Helen Bevan. We used S...

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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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Utah comes to Saskatchewan – the province welcomes a new Clinical Quality Improvement Program

HQC Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:57 PM

During 2017 Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council – in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Medical Association and the Ministry of Health – will pilot a new quality improvement program specifically designed for clinicians. Doctors and other health professionals will participate in the first cohort of the Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP), which kicks off in January. 

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Bringing the best improvement ideas to Saskatchewan: Helen Bevan workshop Oct. 17, 2016

HQC Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 3:34 PM

In mid-October health care system leaders, managers, and providers in this province will have a chance to learn about large-scale change in health care from one of today’s leading lights in the field. Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer with the National Health Service’s Horizons Group, will lead a one-day workshop entitled ‘Rewriting the Rules: Enduring and Emerging Approaches to Change’ on Monday October 17 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. 

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Proud of our progress: 2015-2016 HQC annual report now available

HQC Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:12 PM

The Health Quality Council’s 2015-16 annual report showcases our work over the past year in three main areas: Building sustainable improvement through knowledge and education; developing measurement and evaluation systems to provide timely feedback; and connecting people across the health system and providing quality improvement leadership. The report also delves into provincial initiatives, such as Safety Alert/Stop the Line, Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow, and the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research.

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New Appropriateness of Care webpage provides the right information at the right time

HQC Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:45 PM

“Appropriate care is the right care, provided by the right providers, to the right patient, in the right place, at the right time, resulting in optimal care." – Canadian Medical Association

A new webpage, hosted on the Health Quality Council (HQC) website, now provides a gateway into Appropriateness of Care activity in our province.

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Putting Patients First: our summer 2016 newsletter

HQC Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:54 AM

The second issue of Saskatchewan’s patient- and family-centred care newsletter has arrived! Published by the Health Quality Council – in collaboration with our system partners – this issue features stories on open family presence, eHealth’s Citizen Health Information Portal, and profiles of patient and family advisors in Five Hills and Saskatoon Health Regions.

As a province, Saskatchewan is committed to a health system that puts patients and families at the centre of patients’ health care decision-making.

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