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"Quality is everybody's responsibility"

- W. Edwards Deming, a founding father of quality improvement

 
 
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This year, the UTIHI is taking part in a campaign to change the narrative associated with substance use disorders. Our vision is to highlight concepts critical to tackling stigma, empower diverse stakeholders at the center of the epidemic and recognize promising initiatives designed to support the community. Our main goal is to humanize individuals suffering from substance use disorders by committing to reducing health inequities and raising awareness.

On January 28th 2019, we are hosting an event called 'Narratives of Hope' which will feature an art exhibit, speaker panel and networking opportunity. Our Chapter is looking for community members who have been impacted by substance use, either directly or indirectly, to share their story. This can be in the form of a painting, a written story, or other forms of creative expression.

For more information, see the submission form below.


Julia Novik (Founder of CHN), speaks about why Lean is important in Healthcare.

Canada Health Net proudly presents their upcoming Quality Improvement Training Program where they will teach the newly developed innovative strategies and tools that will help you improve quality and productivity to enhance patient safety.

Immerse in the two day training and best practice sharing on how to implement quality improvements in healthcare. All participants will obtain: Lean yellow Belt Certification.

For more information about the event, please visit the registration links below.

Showcase: Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Register Now:
November 22-23, 2018
Lean Yellow Belt Certification for Healthcare
Student rate: discounted from $899 to $450
Center for Health Safety & Innovation 5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga, ON
https://bit.ly/2D2toAU

December 4-5, 2018
Lean Yellow Belt Certification for Healthcare
Student rate: discounted from $899 to $450
Center for Social Innovation 192 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON
https://bit.ly/2zSOaRj


The University of Toronto Chapter of the Institute of Health Care Improvement (UTIHI) will be holding a seminar next month as a part of our new seminar series.

“An Interprofessional Approach to Exploring and Addressing Opioid Medication Safety” will focus on the importance of medication safety in pain management involving opioids.

Guest speakers including Sean Patenaude from CAMH and Ambika Sharma from ISMP Canada will speak on the issues concerning opioid safety and share their contributions for improved safety. For more information, and to register please visit the link below.

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 05:15 PM - 07:15 PM
Where: Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 500 University Ave, Room 235, Toronto
Registration: October 9th, 6pm to October 28, 12am


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The UofT Institute for Healthcare Improvement (UTIHI) is recruiting students to participate in Quality Improvement (QI) projects in healthcare organizations throughout the GTA. We are looking for students who can dedicate up to 4 hours a week to work on these projects which will formally begin starting November 2, 2018 till May 2019. For a full list of project details, click on the button below for the attached google form.

Application admissions will be on a rolling basis so apply ASAP!
The formal deadline is October 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

If you have any questions feel free to email the IHI Directors of Practical Experience: Cristina Tassone and Richard Horlick at qi@utihiopenschool.ca


 Dr. Iris Gorfinkel, MD, advocates for improving Canada's EMR systems, authoring several articles and petitioning for patient accessibility to personal records.

Dr. Iris Gorfinkel, MD, advocates for improving Canada's EMR systems, authoring several articles and petitioning for patient accessibility to personal records.

Petition mandating patient portal accessibility

We are legally entitled to our medical records but are faced with delays caused by having to sign forms and then waiting for our family physicians to forward vital medical information. Every healthcare professional has encountered this issue in their career. From health forms and immunization records to the personal management of one’s own health.

Mandating patient portals of access to electronic medical records in family practices would allow  24/7 access to health information, engaging and empowering patients in their own care. Canadians can make a difference today and contribute to changing and improving the healthcare system by simply signing Dr. Iris Gorfinkel’s petition below! Share this with your friends and colleagues.


Quips conference 2018

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The UofT Institute for Healthcare Improvement proudly presents our 8th annual QuIPS Conference! Join us on June 8th & 9th for a 2-day conference with innovative keynote speakers on Quality Improvement and interactive workshops on technology, sustainability, and entrepreneurship in healthcare.

Additionally, we have an exciting giveaway! For a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Dr. Eric Topol's book on the future of medicine - "The Patient Will See You Now” - simply register for our QuIPS Conference before May 20th.

For more information and registration, click on the button below.


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The UofT Institute for Healthcare Improvement is having an exciting GIVEAWAY! For a chance to win 1 of 3 of Dr. Eric Topol’s innovative book on the future of medicine - “The Patient Will See You Now” - simply register for our 8th annual QuIPS Conference before May 20th.

Early registrants will be announced closer to the Conference date.
Tickets are limited, so hurry and get yours!


Abstract Submissions - 2018 QuIPS Conference

The U of T IHI is announcing a call for abstracts. Apply now and submit your research projects related to quality improvement and patient safety for an exciting opportunity to present your research at our annual QuIPS Conference in June! You will be rewarded with the potential to network with prestigious healthcare professionals and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement may formally recognize your work.

Submit your abstracts by April 27, 2018!

For more details, see the Application form.

Contact us at utihi.abstracts@gmail.com or visit About Us for additional inquiries.

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IHI Quick Course Competition Deadline

UT IHI is holding a one-time only contest to be featured on our website as well as to be entered for the chance to win a spot at the highly coveted IHI Quick Course, valued at USD $500!! This one-day Quality Improvement workshop will be held on April 10th, 2018 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

To enter, all you have to do is post a photo to our page, holding an 8x11 white stock paper answering the following question: "What is one improvement you would like to see in the Canadian healthcare system?"
Caption your photo with your answer as well, tag us, and use the hashtag #UTIHI for your chance to win!

The IHI Quick Course Back to Basics: Building Essential QI Skills is a one-day workshop that will provide a jump start for those who are new to quality improvement, and a refresher for those who are feeling stalled in their improvement efforts. Built around the Model for Improvement, this course will demonstrate how to link the three questions related to aim, measurement, and change concepts to the sequence for success.

Visit our Facebook page or IHI website to find learn more.


Drug cost transparency petition

Another year passes by, yet drug cost transparency still remains an issue in Canada. Do you know how much does your prescription costs? What about other affordable alternatives? Sign this petition to support the next step in advancing clarity between medical professionals and patients.

To find out more, visit the links below:

1. A recent interview / article from the CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drug-cost-surprises-1.4454803

2. An interview article from the CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/programs/hereandnow/doctors-medication-cost-1.4195378

3. A recent interview by John Oakely on Talk Radio AM:
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/corus-entertainment/am640-the-john-oakley-show/e/52627709

Not convinced? Have a quick read on this article, as Dr. Iris Gorfinkel and Joel Lexchin address these issues: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/50/E1541

  "Doctors have a moral responsibility and patients have the right to know what drug-care options they have, less expensive can be just as valuable.”   – Dr. Iris Gorfinkel.  Dr. Iris Gorfinkel, a Toronto-based family physician, started this petition urging the government to add drug price information to existing electronic records systems. The Ontario Medical Association officially endorsed her proposal back in November.

"Doctors have a moral responsibility and patients have the right to know what drug-care options they have, less expensive can be just as valuable.”

– Dr. Iris Gorfinkel.

Dr. Iris Gorfinkel, a Toronto-based family physician, started this petition urging the government to add drug price information to existing electronic records systems. The Ontario Medical Association officially endorsed her proposal back in November.