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This section features items which have recently appeared in the Observatoire international de la santé et des services sociaux (OISSS) monitoring bulletin.

UK - Reimagining community services: making the most of our assets 

02/08/2018

This briefing note from The King's Fund provides an overview of the role of community services in Britain’s healthcare system, and provides recommendations for changes to keep pace with ongoing health reform. The authors recommend breaking down silos between services, reducing fragmentation in service delivery, and increasing the range of sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs)....
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International - Learning from high risk industries may not be straightforward: a qualitative study of the hierarchy of risk controls approach in healthcare 

02/08/2018

The hierarchy of risk control approaches (HRCA) is used in high-risk industries to rank the effectiveness of safety interventions. This study in four UK hospitals examined whether HRCA could be fruitfully applied to health care....
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International - Association between organisational and workplace cultures, and patient outcomes: systematic review 

02/08/2018

This systematic review of 62 international studies of healthcare facilities (hospitals, general practices, pharmacies, and aged care and mental health institutions) found that positive organizational and workplace cultures were consistently associated with a wide range of beneficial patient outcomes, including reduced mortality rates, falls, and hospital acquired infections....
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International - What are the barriers and facilitators for third sector organisations (non-profits) to evaluate their services? A systematic review 

02/08/2018

While non-profit organizations are becoming a more common provider of health services internationally, little is known about how they evaluate their own activities. This systematic review of 24 prior studies into this question determines that many healthcare non-profits struggle to evaluate their activities due to a lack of resources, poor technical capability, and challenges around the identification of evaluation systems and outcome indicators....
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UK - Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS 

02/08/2018

Commissioned by the National Health Service (NHS), this report examines areas where artificial intelligence (AI) could help the NHS become more efficient and deliver better outcomes for patients. It highlights the main barriers to the implementation of AI across NHS providers and services, and makes 15 recommendations for potential solutions. The report addresses public safety and ethical questions relating to AI....
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UK - Why we should be concerned about accountable care organisations in England’s NHS 

02/08/2018

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and providers who are given incentives in the form of a share of savings to improve care and control costs. This article considers that the introduction of ACOs within England’s branch of the UK National Health Service (NHS) constitutes a privatization of public health care that blurs lines of accountability and may not be subject to parliamentary or judicial review....
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UK - Against the Odds: Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS 

02/08/2018

Setting out what is known about the scale and spread of innovation in healthcare, this report describes common themes that have emerged from research and synthesizes insights from 10 case studies to provide a set of considerations for thinking about how to scale healthcare innovations in the future. The case studies are presented in full in an appendix to the report....
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Canada - Best Advice Guide: Social Determinants of Health 

02/08/2018

Many general practitioners (GPs) recognize it is difficult to treat health concerns without addressing underlying social conditions that can lead to poor health. This practical guide for family physicians provides concrete steps on how to consider and improve patients’ social determinants of health (SDoH). The guide provides suggested clinical, community, and population-level interventions....
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Canada - Qualitative analysis of the dynamics of policy design and implementation in hospital funding reform 

02/08/2018

Like healthcare jurisdictions elsewhere, Canada’s provinces have begun shifting away from global hospital budgets. This evaluation focuses on Ontario’s implementation of quality-based procedures (QBPs), a funding approach involving a pre-set price per episode of care coupled with best practice clinical pathways. The evaluation concludes that implementation of QBPs has suffered from policy drift, and says the funding mechanism remains misunderstood in Ontario’s healthcare system....
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Canada - Reality Bites: How Canada’s Healthcare System Compares to its International Peers 

02/08/2018

Canadian provincial healthcare systems fare poorly compared to peer countries according to new research from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Reality Bites: How Canada’s Healthcare System Compares to its International Peers,” authors Colin Busby, Ramya Muthukaran and Aaron Jacobs examine how the provinces, the major healthcare deliverers in Canada, fare compared to other nations in healthcare provision....
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