REGINA, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The people managing and delivering health care
in Saskatchewan - and the people using those services - now have easier
access to information about the quality of health care in this
province, thanks to a new online reporting tool (qualityinsight.ca) launched today by the Health Quality Council. It was developed in
response to demand from providers, health regions, and government for
timely information about how the health system is performing.
This new provincial resource displays results for various indicators of
health care quality in Saskatchewan. An indicator is a tool for
measuring, monitoring, and comparing important factors that influence
the quality of health care - in the same way that the gauges on a car's
dashboard show how the vehicle is running. (Adapted from A Citizen's Guide to Health Indicators, Health Council of Canada, January 2011).
Marlene Smadu, Chair of the Health Quality Council, and Associate Dean
(Southern Saskatchewan Campus) for the University of Saskatchewan's
College of Nursing, says this province is again leading the way in
health care with the launch of Quality Insight. "Our health system is
ahead of other jurisdictions in Canada in its understanding of - and
use of - measurement and transparent reporting to improve care, and in
its collaborative approach to identifying indicators of quality that
will be useful for improvement," says Smadu.
Right now, most of the information in Quality Insight measures the
health system's progress in achieving targets set for the Saskatchewan
Surgical Initiative; this major improvement effort was launched by the
Health Ministry in March 2010, in response to the Patient First Review.
In addition to measuring improvement progress, the indicators about
quality of surgical care will also help inform efforts by managers and
providers to shorten waits for surgery and improve patients'
experiences with the health system. Over time, HQC will add more
indicators related to quality of surgical care, as well as other
measures of quality in other parts of the system. The site will also
include indicators available from other reporting organizations, such
as the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
"Transparency is important to us, but gathering and analyzing
information for reporting on the quality of care in our health region
currently takes a lot of time and energy," says Brandy Winquist,
Decision Support Consultant, Cypress Health Region. "The beauty of
Quality Insight online is that it makes knowledge about the health care
system's performance more accessible to everyone, which will be more
efficient for us. Cypress Health Region certainly looks forward to the
new possibilities it presents."
With HQC's team of subject matter experts, zu, a Saskatoon-based web
company, designed and programmed the Quality Insight website.
The Health Quality Council is an independent agency that works closely
with health regions, providers, and government to accelerate
improvement in Saskatchewan's health care system. HQC is fulfilling
this mission by measuring and reporting on quality, building leadership
and capability for improvement, engaging providers, and informing
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