Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Longwoods eLetter October 14, 2008

Longwoods eLetter October 14, 2008
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“I witnessed a true force for systems understanding and change—not an economist or an accountant, but a research- and quality-oriented physician moving far beyond the traditional healthcare finance textbooks of the time” Rick Roger, Senior Editor, Healthcare Policy and former CEO, Vancouver Island Health Authority, commenting on the new book: High Performing Healthcare Systems || Delivering Quality by Design. Order here.
  1. From Canadian Press: Key promises in the federal election campaign, with projected costs where applicable and available. Click here.
  2. Longwoods' roving contributor and democracy revivalist Steven Lewis: caught up with the five political party leaders in their post-televised debate debrief at an undisclosed location near Toronto. For the unabridged interview click here.


PROFILE of two new books. Available Free Online.
SYSTEMS [the book] Six authors including author and editor Dr. Ross Baker announce that . . .
On October 15, 2008, Longwoods will launch the book Systems (full title: High Performing Healthcare Systems || Delivering Quality by Design) Made possible by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the project team visited seven systems around the world that met their criteria – attributes that range from equity to efficiency.

If you would like an electronic copy of the book we will send you one on October 16, 2008. Free. Please click here to order.

. . . and this just in
“Perhaps, I wondered, by looking at the nature and structure of games, I could gain valuable insights about my own life and how to live it.” From: “Unlearning.” A new book by Dr. Alejandro R. Jadad. Click on the link and learn more ... including access to free digital copies.

Longwoods Publishing would like to welcome Sodexo Healthcare and Price Waterhouse Coopers to the Longwoods HealthcareBoard.

They will be joining our other corporate members: 3M Healthcare, Accenture, AGFA, Baxter, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG), Cerner, CGI, Courtyard Group, Clarity Healthcare-Consulting Cadre, Emergis, HayGroup, HP Canada, Healthtech, IBM, Johnson and Johnson Medical Products, Medtronic, McKesson Canada, Microsoft, Pharmacy.ca, Philips Healthcare, Ray & Berndtson, Roche, SAS, Strata Health.

The Longwoods HealthcareBoard members enable us to present new ideas, policies and best practices essential to healthcare management, practice, education, research and motivation. It is a measure of their support for learning. In return Longwoods creates opportunities for our corporate partners to showcase their products and systems in our journals and on our website and opportunities for corporate representatives to meet key clients and prospective clients.

For information on becoming a member contact Matthew Hart

Healthcare Quarterly, in collaboration with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and other national sponsors, is pleased to announce a fourth issue of Patient Safety Papers for publication in Spring 2009. This follow up to the first three issues will again provide real-time overviews of patient safety initiatives from the field and research projects on important patient safety topics.

Guest Editor, Professor G. Ross Baker, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto invites organizations and/or individuals to submit papers and case studies with a particular emphasis on contributions that highlight Canadian or comparative efforts to measure or improve patient safety. Descriptions of demonstration projects and interventions would be welcomed along with strategies for engaging patients and clients in improving safety.

Please submit abstracts or summaries of no more than 200 words to Dianne Foster Kent, Editorial Director, Longwoods Publishing, no later than Friday, November 7, 2008. Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial team and a selection of authors will be invited to prepare full manuscripts for publication.


This issue of the journal Electronic Healthcare:Vol. 1 No. 1 2001 is made available at no charge courtesy of Accenture. For the editorial by Dr. Michael Guerriere, click here: The Editor's Focus: It's Leaving Here Just Fine. Other authors include: William Pascal, Tom W. Noseworthy, John A. McAllister and Dan Bader, Carla Gregor, Brian Gamble, Camille Orridge, Pat Rich, George Blake, Denis Protti and KLAS. Read the complete issue online, download and save the papers, send them to colleagues. Effective until midnight October 28, 2008.

This issue of the journal Healthcare Policy / Politiques de Santé:Vol. 1 No. 2 2006 is available at no charge courtesy of CIHR. For the editorial by Dr. Brian Hutcheson, click here: Researchers' Role in Policy Decision-Making: Purveyors of Evidence, Purveyors of Ideas? Other authors include: John N. Lavis, Huw T.O. Davies, Russell L. Gruen, Kieran Walshe, Cynthia M. Farquhar; Robert G. Evans; Trisha Greenhalgh, Jill Russell; Catherine Pope, Nicholas Mays, Jennie Popay; Rick Roger; Jonathan Lomas; John N. Lavis; Aleksandra Jokovic, Jennifer Frood, Kira Leeb; Anton Hart; Marjorie MacDonald, Sandra Regan, Heather Davidson, Rita Schreiber, Jane Crickmore, Lesley Moss, Janet Pinelli, Bernadette Pauly; Mark Crawford; Claudia Sanmartin and Nancy Ross; Kyle Whitfield, Susan Wismer; Sanober S. Motiwala, Shamali Gupta, Meredith B. Lilly, Wendy J. Ungar, Peter C. Coyte. Read the complete issue online, download and save the papers, send them to colleagues. Effective until midnight October 28, 2008.

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Learning Opportunities:
  1. October 19-21, 2008: Vancouver BC. Innovation in HealthCare: Passion to Progress. Leaders from all areas of health care and related industries will attend this two-day conference focusing on leadership, systems change and sustainable outcomes. Confirmed to speak are, Hon.George Abbott, Dr. Richard Heinzl, Roger Martin, Tod Maffin, Stan Davis, Jeremy Gutsche and Rex Murphy. For more information, click here.
  2. Wednesday, October 22, 2008 – Breakfast with the Chiefs. Toronto. Matt Anderson, CEO - Toronto Central LHIN. Location: Health Sciences Building, Room 610, 155 College Street, University of Toronto, Toronto. Register here.
    Sponsors: ACAHO, Accenture, Cerner, CGI, Healthtech, HP Canada, HPME, University of Toronto, IBM, McKesson Canada, Ontario Hospital Association, Philips Healthcare

    Breakfast with the Chiefs: registration requirements: some very fine print
    Do you work at a publicly funded organization? If so, you must hold a current personal subscription for at least one Longwoods journal. This covers attendance for the full season. This year’s speakers include: Dr. Alan Hudson, Matthew Anderson, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Dr. Ross Baker, Dr. Vivek Goel, Dr. Michael Guerriere, Ida Goudreau, Cliff Nordal, Murray Martin and Dr. Mary Ferguson-Pare. If you are not a subscriber click here first. If you are a subscriber register here.

    Registrants from private sector organizations, foundations and associations must be registered members of the Longwoods HealthcareBoard. If you are not sure of your status and want more information please contact Matthew Hart at mhart@longwoods.com.

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