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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.

Australia - Expanding healthcare quality and patient safety reporting across Queensland’s health system 

09/15/2017

Prepared for the government of the Australian state of Queensland, this paper discusses the benefits of increasing healthcare quality and safety reporting across the state’s health system. Using Australian and international comparators, it provides evidence that expanded reporting will positively affect health outcomes, professional practice, system administration and cost-effectiveness. The paper proposes extending common reporting measures to Queensland's network of private hospitals....
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France – Health savings accounts: towards a new funding model for care? 

09/15/2017

This report explores the possible benefits of using health savings accounts in France. These would have the advantage of allowing intertemporal funding of care and ensuring portability. The report describes the systems implemented in the United States and Singapore and stresses the need to remain vigilant with regard to equity of access to this type of system....
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USA - Hospital-community partnerships to build a culture of health: a compendium of case studies 

09/15/2017

Published by the American Hospital Association (AHA), this collection of case studies discusses 10 hospital-community partnerships established in different locations and service types, and their joint initiatives to build a Culture of Health where all individuals have equal opportunities for optimum health. The case studies highlight the wide variety of effective, sustainable strategies and programs in specific local contexts....
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New Zealand - Developing accountable care systems. Lessons from Canterbury, New Zealand 

09/15/2017

Examining how the UK can reduce demand for acute hospital care, this comparative study looks at an example of municipal health care organization in Canterbury, New Zealand. The example demonstrates that expanding hospital capacity is not needed if sizeable investments are made in primary care and community services. Compared to the UK, the New Zealand model has lower acute medical admission rates and spends considerably less on emergency hospital care....
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Canada - Toward Quality Mental Health Services in Canada: A Comparison of Performance Indicators across 5 Provinces 

09/15/2017

In 2015, the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health & Addiction (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University led an initiative to develop mental health and addictions performance indicators that could be used comparatively across five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec. These two reports present the project: one provides an overall summary and the other details technical information on indicators and results....
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Europe - Health diplomacy: European perspectives 

09/15/2017

Health diplomacy is central to health governance at global and regional levels, and integral to foreign policy in many countries. This book published by the WHO presents case studies of health diplomacy in action in Europe. Chapters review road safety in Russia; experience with integrated health diplomacy in Malta and Switzerland; and efforts by the Balkan countries to improve capacity. ...
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USA - Meaningful Use legislation led to a 'substantial change' in EHR adoption 

09/15/2017

This study finds that an incentive program established under the federal 2009 HITECH Act has substantially increased electronic health record (EHR) adoption by American hospitals. The authors say the so-called Meaningful Use legislation could serve as a model to influence health technology adoption in the future....
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Europe - Report shows progress towards Health 2020 targets 

09/15/2017

The WHO reports that Europe is moving towards the WHO Health 2020 goals. Forty-three European countries have now aligned national policies with Health 2020 priorities and defined targets and indicators. Health 2020 focuses on health inequities and their social determinants to improve health and well-being....
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UK - NHS hospitals deeper in the red than reported, new analysis shows 

09/15/2017

According to an analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank, National Health Service (NHS) hospitals spent £3 billion ($4.85 billion Cdn) more than officially reported in 2016. The researchers conclude that without more financing, NHS hospitals will be unable to manage discrepancies between funds received and the cost of patient care....
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Canada - Mental Health Commission of Canada Launches Mental Health First Aid Program for Seniors and Their Caregivers and Service Providers 

09/15/2017

On September 6, 2017, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) launched Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Seniors, an Ontario training program to support the mental health needs of older people. MHFA Seniors trains senior citizens, caregivers, and service providers to respond to an emerging mental health problem until appropriate treatment is delivered....
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