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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.

Switzerland – Health spending 2016: A total of 80.7 billion francs 

05/03/2018

This report by the Federal Statistics Bureau presents provisional data on health expenditure in Switzerland. The 3.8% increase over 2015 expenses is mainly due to higher spending in hospitals, medical-social institutions, medical practices and other ambulatory care providers....
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USA - New Research Shows Increasing Physician Shortages in Both Primary and Specialty Care 

05/03/2018

In a report published on April 11, the Association of American Medical Colleges states that the US could see a shortage of between 42,000 and 121,000 physicians by 2030. These findings persist despite modeling that takes into account the use of other health professions and changes in the delivery of care. Population growth and aging are major factors in the anticipated shortage, notable the aging of physicians: the number of physicians over age 65 will increase by 50% by 2030....
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Europe - Commission steps up efforts to increase availability and boost healthcare data sharing 

05/03/2018

On April 25, the European Commission proposed measures to assure better access to, and reusability of, public sector data. These accompany a General Data Protection Regulation that will come into effect on May 25, 2018. The new measures include the creation of a European Open Science Cloud to improve access to scientific information; fostering cooperation to make better use of health data, including genomic data; and improving the interoperability of electronic health records to enable data to be shared across borders. The proposal will now go to European Parliament....
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Canada - Framework for a palliative care strategy unveiled 

05/03/2018

On April 19, 2018, New Brunswick released its framework for person-centred and integrated palliative care services. An advisory committee, led by the New Brunswick Cancer Network, will be set up to develop an action plan....
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UK - The Promise of Healthtech 

04/19/2018

This report examines how digital innovators are transforming the National Health Service (NHS) via the development and adoption of cloud computing, 3-D printing and genomics. The authors surveyed hundreds of private health technology start-up companies to determine key barriers to new technology acquisition by the NHS. Slow procurement policies, undefined safety standards, limited digital skills, poor interoperability and lack of clarity about evidence were all factors....
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UK - Driving improvement: Case studies from seven mental health NHS trusts 

04/19/2018

Published by England’s Care Quality Commission (CQC), this article provides seven case study examples of improving mental health services and care by National Health Service (NHS) organizations. Based on interviews with administrative and medical professional leaders, the article focuses on reporting, leadership, governance, organizational culture, staff engagement and patient-centred care. It includes information and evidence on CQC quality improvement rating criteria....
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Europe - Health system performance assessment in the WHO European Region: which domains and indicators have been used by Member States for its measurement? 

04/19/2018

Health systems performance assessment (HSPA) varies across Europe. This WHO review summarizes 14 HSPA domains and 1,485 indicators used in European HSPA reports. All countries had indicators of service delivery and health outcomes. Other domains, such as safety, efficiency, coverage or responsiveness, were included in only 30% of the documents. The review concludes that further refinement of frameworks is warranted....
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Europe - Understanding the Drivers of Organisational Capacity 

04/19/2018

Conducted by the RAND Corporation, this study aims to improve the ability of organizations to measure capacity and harness organizational culture to optimize performance. Based on interviews and a literature review, the study analyzes the dimensions of organizational capacity, explores how organizational culture and communication interact with capacity building, and paves the way for future development of a diagnostic tool for organizational capacity assessment....
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Canada - Connected Health Information in Canada: A Benefits Evaluation Study 

04/19/2018

With investment in electronic health records, clinicians are beginning to have better access to patient information across the healthcare system. This Infoway study reveals the financial and time-saving benefits for patients, providers, the health system and the economy. Connected health information currently contributes $1 billion worth of health system value that can be captured and reallocated every year....
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Europe - Leapfrogging health systems responses to noncommunicable diseases 

04/19/2018

This special edition of EuroHealth features two articles on ways to buttress and speed up European health system response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). One article proposes policy responses to NCDs, while the other concentrates on interventions involving rapid adoption of innovation. Both articles explore areas that play an important role in tackling chronic conditions: public health, primary care, the health workforce, and information technology....
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