TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - New research presented today by the
International Centre for Health Innovation at the Richard Ivey School
of Business calls for a transformation of the culture of Canada's
health care system that would shift the balance of power from health
providers to consumers.
The Centre presented findings and recommendations from its latest white
paper, "Strengthening Health Systems Through Innovation: Lessons Learned" at the
Ivey Global Health Conference 2011 in Toronto, which brought together health care providers and
administrators, policy makers and business leaders to address the
increasing pressures facing health care systems.
"We must transform the current, traditional, highly 'prescriptive'
approach to health care into one that places consumers at the centre of
service delivery models," said Dr. Anne Snowdon, Chair of the Centre,
and lead author of the study. "This means redesigning health service
environments to create consumer choice, and engaging consumers directly
in the choice of providers to select health services that meet their
personal health and wellness goals."
The white paper draws lessons from seven comparator countries (U.K.,
Australia, Germany, U.S., France, Switzerland and the Netherlands),
which formed the foundation for the Centre's key recommendations for
Canada's health care system. The Centre's recommendations include the
Create financial incentives using insurance programs or personal health
budgets that empower consumer decision making to drive competition and
innovation among health system stakeholders.
Transform Canada's health system from a dominant acute care focus to a
community-based system focused on chronic illness management and
prevention. Create accountability systems whereby health providers, and
physicians in particular, assume 24/7 responsibility for managing
health and wellness in communities.
Make the case for innovation adoption by empirically measuring and
capturing the impact of innovation on health system sustainability and
The comparative study of the countries profiled in this analysis
revealed innovations in four areas: integration of health services
across the continuum of care, accountability for health care in
communities, financial models that drive competition, and the role of
consumers in engaging in the management of their own health and
"No single country has managed to completely transform their health
system to achieve sustainability; however, we found that a number of
countries have made impressive strides in improving quality of care,
and this is where we need to draw lessons for our own system," said Dr.
Snowdon. "As we confront the question of how we continue to sustain and
improve health care to meet twenty-first century needs, one of the
critically essential areas that demands action is our ability to adopt
innovation, and a major part of achieving this is by continuing to grow
our leadership capacities."
The Ivey Global Health Conference 2011 is hosted by the International Centre for Health Innovation annually and
provides a platform for leveraging collective knowledge and discussing
best practices to advance the agenda to move innovation adoption into
"Despite the rapidly increasing financial support we are investing in
health care, we know many Canadians are still not getting the health
care they need or deserve," said Carol Stephenson, Dean, Richard Ivey
School of Business. "The good news is that nobody is arguing for the
status quo. The research from Ivey's International Centre for Health
Innovation confirms the most effective and sustainable health care
systems arm citizens with the tools and resources to manage their own
health and welfare in partnership with health providers. This kind of
change requires strong leaders who know how to create and support
cultures of innovation."
About The International Centre for Health Innovation:
The International Centre for Health Innovation, established in 2009
through seed funding from Industry Canada, is situated within the
Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.
As the only health centre in a business school focused on innovation
adoption, we are dedicated to being a catalyst for a health system that
is sustainable, productive and embraces innovation in Canada. The
Cultivates leadership capacity through educational and leadership
development programs targeting current and future leaders in the health
Emphasizes education that equips students and program participants with
the ability to identify, understand, embrace and implement innovation
in real health sector environments,
Empowers and builds collaborative partnerships between government,
industry, clinicians, health stakeholders, researchers and founders to
drive innovation adoption,
Supports and disseminates knowledge and evidence that our leaders need
to embrace innovation, drive change and improve the productivity of our
health care system and of our economy.
For further information on the Centre and how it is changing the culture
of innovation in Canada, visit: www.ivey.ca/healthinnovation
SOURCE Richard Ivey School of Business
For further information:
or an interview, please contact:
International Centre for Health Innovation
519-661-2111, ext. 89026