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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 - Matt Hancock launches tech vision to build the most advanced health and care system in the world 

11/02/2018

The UK Ministry of Health and Social Care has released plans for a new generation of digital services to meet the multifaceted needs of the National Health Service (NHS). Minimum technical standards for digital and information technology systems will be introduced, with an emphasis on compatibility across data platforms, infrastructure and application program interfaces....
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Europe - Policies to limit marketing of unhealthy foods to children fall short of protecting their health and rights 

11/02/2018

A report from the WHO finds that European policies to limit the marketing of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods to children are not working, partly because of the proliferation of media promotional platforms. Around half of Europe’s 53 countries limit marketing of HFSS foods to children....
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Keyword(s) : Europe, Public healthDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

International - Designing Publicly Funded Healthcare Markets 

10/19/2018

This paper argues that there is a need for competition agencies to become more active and effective advocates for the use of choice and competition in healthcare markets. The authors of the paper examine a range of case studies and explore who chooses, who pays, how payments are structured, and the nature of the supply side of the market....
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Keyword(s) : International, Health care market, Suggested documentDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

International - Effectiveness of strategies to improve health-care provider practices in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review 

10/19/2018

Inadequate healthcare provider performance is a major challenge in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). This systematic review of 37 studies catalogues 118 strategies to improve LMIC provider performance in order to establish a comprehensive Health Care Provider Performance Review (HCPPR) for future utilization. Thus far, contextual and methodological heterogeneity, as well as low quality evidence, make study and strategy comparisons difficult....
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Keyword(s) : International, QualityDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

UK - Making the most of the money: efficiency and the long-term plan 

10/19/2018

Despite recent funding increases, the National Health Service (NHS) is struggling on most major financial and performance indicators. This document sets out the views of 157 NHS provider organizations (hospitals and locally-organized patient services) on how best to achieve efficiency and improve quality across the NHS. Focusing on productivity and cost reduction, the document presents models for efficiently restructuring existing primary care systems....
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UK - Does Leadership Matter for Healthcare Service Quality? Evidence from NHS England 

10/19/2018

Analyzing four years of English hospital data (2010-2014), this paper argues that leadership quality matters for the quality of healthcare provision. It breaks down individual leadership styles into four categories (oriented toward task, relationships, change or integrity) and compares them to different quality metrics and clinical performance indicators. The paper concludes that a task-oriented leadership style has the strongest relationship with staff-rated hospital quality....
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UK - Approaches to better value: improving quality and cost 

10/19/2018

Exploring quality and cost improvement programs at three public hospitals in England, this report analyzes each hospital’s approach to value and the barriers and enablers that affect the implementation of a value improvement strategy. Based on interviews with senior clinical and managerial leaders, the report says more work is needed to develop measures and indicators showing value improvement strategies are on track and effective....
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The Netherlands - Horizon scan of medical technologies. Technologies with an expected impact on the organisation and expenditure of healthcare 

10/19/2018

Focusing on expected demand for health care, Dutch researchers conducted a ‘horizon scan’ to identify emerging medical technologies that will best meet future medical and societal needs. The study considers impacts on the organization of health care, and on benefits and costs, of such innovative technologies as multi-device eHealth, personalized nanotechnology, robotic elder care support and the 3D printing of surgical implants....
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Europe - Organization and financing of public health services in Europe 

10/19/2018

Published by the WHO, this book examines the financing and organization of public health services across Europe. Looking at nine European countries, it contains an in-depth analysis of the budgets, funding, and cost-effectiveness of public health services, which are often organized differently at national, regional and local levels. Case studies of campaigns responding to alcohol abuse, obesity and antimicrobial resistance are included....
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Canada - Pharmacare in Canada: Financial Implications of Alternative Models for Public and Private Payers 

10/19/2018

Based on the assumption the federal government will introduce a national pharmacare plan in 2020, this briefing models three potential pharmacare scenarios: a first-payer public plan and scenarios based on existing provincial pharmacare programs in Québec and British Columbia. It then estimates resulting changes to drug reimbursement. In all three models, the burden of drug costs shifts to public payers over time....
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