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Saskatchewan’s effort to engage all providers, patients and families in improving health care is being shared with a global audience this week at the 2013 International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care, in London, England.
This morning, Bonnie Brossart, CEO of the province’s Health Quality Council, delivered to an audience of some 350 improvement leaders a presentation entitled “Acting as one for one million: Hoshin Kanri in Saskatchewan, Canada.” In it, she described how Saskatchewan has been using a comprehensive and inclusive process to engage the health care system through collaboratively determining goals, establishing improvement plans, and monitoring progress through transparency and measurement.
For immediate release April 11, 2013: Ten individuals and teams have been recognized for their efforts to make health care better for Saskatchewan patients. The managers and providers were presented with Pursuing Excellence Awards last night at a special ceremony held as part of the 3rd annual Health Care Quality Summit. The provincial conference and awards are hosted by Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council (HQC).
Awards were presented in four categories: Better Health, Better Care, Better Value, and Better Teams. As well, two individuals received Improvement Champion awards in honor of their work.
April 10 and 11, 2013, Queensbury Convention Centre, Evraz Place, Regina
Saskatchewan's health care system is transforming itself, to deliver care that is patient- and family-centred and defect free, with no waiting. More than 600 health care providers, managers, and leaders, will gather at the 3rd annual Quality Summit, to celebrate improvements and be inspired for the work that lies ahead. The conference will also involve 80 patients and patient representatives from across the province.
Late last week the provincial government approved the appointment of two internationally recognized health care leaders to the Board of the Health Quality Council. Effective March 27, 2013, Mike Rona and Elizabeth Crocker are members of HQC’s Board of Directors.
On April 1 the Health Quality Council will begin coordinating and advancing use of Lean methodology across the province’s health care system. The Council is assuming responsibility for the Provincial Kaizen Promotion Office (PKPO) at the request of the Ministry of Health. Kaizen is a Japanese word that means continuous, incremental improvement.
Through the Saskatchewan Health Care Management System, the province is applying Lean principles and methods to ensure care is patient and family centred and free of defects, with no waiting.
The first research to be published by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) – whose Saskatchewan arm is led by HQC’s Dr. Gary Teare – hit print today in the British Medical Journal. The study found that high-potency statins, used to control cholesterol, appear to pose a small risk of kidney damage.
A team involving Saskatchewan vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists is working to develop “best practice” standards for treating patients with arterial blood flow problems in their legs (lower limb ischemia). On March 2 the team met with members of the Variations and Appropriateness Working Group (VAWG) to identify key elements that should be incorporated into a care pathway and the data they’ll need to monitor care and evaluate patient outcomes.
On January 31st, board members from Saskatchewan RHAs, 3sHealth, eHealth Saskatchewan, Health Quality Council and Ministry of Health executives had an opportunity to chat via teleconference with Carolyn Corvi, board chair of Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center since 2009. Before joining Virginia Mason...
If you’re attending the Quality Summit, you have the opportunity to also register for a dynamic, interactive pre-Summit workshop on April 9 with Helen Bevan, Chief of Service Transformation at the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
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