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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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New resources support Saskatchewan patients, family members to speak up about safety concerns

HQC Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 9:00 AM

Health regions in this province now have access to a variety of materials aimed at supporting patients and family members to speak up if they have concerns about the safety of their care. The resources, which were distributed to safety leads around the province in early April, were developed by the Health Quality Council (HQC), in collaboration with patient and family advisors, and health region staff.

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Patient Flow Toolkit now available

HQC Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:43 AM

Over the next few years, Saskatchewan is focusing on three key strategies to shorten ED waits and improve patient flow across the health care system: interdisciplinary rounding, alternate level of care, and transfers of care. Operational leaders, managers, and point of care staff now have ready access to information about, and tools for applying, these strategies – in the form of a Patient Flow Toolkit. The resource package, which includes modules for each of the three strategies, was developed by the ED Waits and Patient Flow team in collaboration with provincial stakeholders.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter: ED Waits and Patient Flow Initiative

HQC Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 10:00 AM

A new edition of the newsletter for the ED Waits and Patient Flow Initiative is now available. Stories include: Tackling hospital overcrowding: Alternate Level of Care strategy; Improvements migrate to new hospital (Five Hills Health Region); Wigmore control centre facilitates better patient flow (Five Hills Health Region); and, Daily bedside rounding improves care in hospital and in the community (Prince Albert Parkland Health Region)

     Read the Spring 2016 issue.

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    HQC supports initiative on appropriateness of MRI requisitions for low back pain

    HQC Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:51 AM

    A new checklist – recently developed in Saskatchewan – is supporting physicians when they make lumbar spine MRI requests, ensuring that this medical imaging test is ordered for the patients who need it. It’s a quality improvement initiative supported by the province’s Appropriateness of Care program and the Health Quality Council (HQC), focused on the appropriate use of MRI requisitions for low back pain.

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    Quotes requested for Curriculum Design Specialist consulting services

    HQC Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016 9:32 AM

    The Health Quality Council (HQC) is requesting quotes for a Curriculum Design Specialist to provide consulting services to conduct a learner needs analysis.

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