Welcome to HQC News. This is where you’ll find all the latest news about what we’re up to, including media releases and job postings.
What if we could predict when a hospital emergency department (ED) is going to get slammed by a rush of visitors? Or test the impact of various strategies for reducing waits in Emergency –without having to actually implement any of them?
Modelling is helping health care managers and leaders in Saskatchewan do just that.
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The Saskatchewan Health Quality Council is introducing its staff members, and their work, to the public, through the Meet the Researcher/Meet the Research Analyst series that is posted to the HQC website. The February 2015 edition features Nirmal Sidhu.
Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council (HQC) is looking for an individual with a unique blend of project management and policy analyst competencies. The selected candidate will work exclusively with the Provincial Kaizen Operations Team (PKOT) Lead – Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative. Note: HQC is open to secondments from other organizations. Given the wide scope of activities required of this position, HQC will also consider hiring two candidates to fill this role on part-time basis (potentially two individuals working 0.5 of a full-time equivalent).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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®.
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.
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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