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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.

International - Over 20 million children worldwide missed out on measles vaccine annually in past 8 years, creating a pathway to current global outbreaks 

05/14/2019

According to UNICEF, an estimated 169 million children worldwide missed out on a first dose of measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017. Widening pockets of unvaccinated children have since created a pathway to the measles outbreaks currently hitting countries around the globe. Two doses of measles vaccine are essential to protect children from the disease....
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France - Accelerating digital health 

05/14/2019

Digital health is one of 10 priority areas announced by the Ministre des Solidarités et de la Santé in France as part of the Ma Santé 2022 plan. This roadmap sets the main directions of digital health policy. It presents five strategies for accelerating the digital shift: strengthening governance; enhancing security and interoperability; accelerating the deployment of foundational digital services, as well as platforms at the national level; and supporting innovation and stakeholder engagement....
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Europe - Expert Panel’s reflection on priorities for the future of healthcare in the EU 

05/14/2019

The European Union (EU) Expert Panel on future priorities in health care has released a preliminary report that recommends strengthening EU protections for health care, investments in health promotion and prevention, and the development of new, affordable models of care. The report calls for creating learning communities to bring together expertise, experience and best practices....
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Canada – Manitoba Province Commissions Quality Assurance Assessment of Clinical Consolidation Plan 

05/14/2019

Manitoba's provincial government has commissioned a private company, Health Intelligence Inc., to conduct a quality assurance assessment of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s (WRHA) clinical consolidation plan. The WHRA plan seeks to consolidate both mental health services and surgical services into fewer facilities, thinking this might improve efficiency and patient safety....
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Canada - Giving birth, lung and heart problems among top reasons for hospitalization 

05/14/2019

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), giving birth continues to be the most common reason for hospitalization across Canada, accounting for 11.8% of all hospitalizations. Other top reasons for hospitalization include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis (3%), acute myocardial infarction (2.3%), pneumonia (2.3%) and heart failure (2.2%)....
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International - Combining Integration of Care and a Population Health Approach: A Scoping Review of Redesign Strategies and Interventions, and their Impact 

05/02/2019

Many health systems try to combine integrated care with a population health approach. After examining 57 studies, this scoping review identifies seven redesign strategies and interventions that provide effective operational and delivery changes. These include implementing intersectoral partnerships and addressing a wide range of determinants of health....
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International - Decentralisation and performance measurement systems in healthcare 

05/02/2019

This report examines decentralization and performance measurement in the health systems of the 34 countries belonging to the OECD. Decision-making tends to rest largely with central governments, while sub-national governments have more control over inputs, outputs, and monitoring of services. Most OECD countries rely on centralized performance measurement systems that focus more on improving performance than reducing service costs....
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USA - Considering “Single Payer” Proposals in the U.S.: Lessons from Abroad 

05/02/2019

American proponents of universal health coverage (UHC) don't always acknowledge differences between UHC systems elsewhere, lumping them all together as 'single payer.' This study aimed at US thinkers compares 12 countries with UHC. It finds significant organizational differences concerning the role of private insurance, the distribution of responsibilities and resources between levels of government, and the scope of benefits and cost sharing in public insurance....
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UK - Implementation, Impact and Costs of Policies for Safe Staffing in Acute NHS Trusts 

05/02/2019

This research describes the implementation of safe staffing policies in the autonomous National Health Service (NHS) hospital organizations known as Acute NHS Trusts. Employing national data analysis, surveys of Acute Trust nursing staff, and case studies, the research examines the costs and consequences of the new safe staffing policies. Although Trust staff planning has improved, nurse retention rates have continued to decline while costs increase....
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UK - Policies and strategies to retain and support the return of experienced GPs in direct patient care: the ReGROUP mixed-methods study 

05/02/2019

General practice in the UK faces a workforce crisis, with general practitioner (GP) shortages, organizational changes and an aging population with increasingly complex health needs. This study used focus groups and surveys of GPs in southwestern England to identify 24 policies and strategies for GP recruitment and retention. It stresses the need for formal career pathways for key primary care professionals, such as practice managers....
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