OPSEU Diablogue: The end of efficiency – will appropriate care become the new system of rationing hospital services?

The relentless pursuit of efficiency may be coming to an end for Ontario hospitals. Thank goodness. As former OHA chief Tom Closson said today at Longwood’s Breakfast With The Chiefs forum, year after year it gets more difficult for hospital … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Tommy Douglas never said health care would be free — advisor to Premier

Is Roger Martin having us on? This morning the publicly funded Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity released a working paper on policy opportunities for Ontario’s health care system during Longwood’s Breakfast With The Chiefs speaker series. Roger Martin, the former … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: More than a third of Canadian physicians still without EMRs

When a drug recall takes place, does your family doctor have the ability to identify which patients are on that drug and notify them in a timely manner? For more than a third of Canadian doctors that may be very … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Guidelines for media reporting of suicide need reconsideration – Picard, Goldbloom

If the audience was expecting a debate, they may have left disappointed. Globe and Mail reporter Andre Picard and Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, spoke about the media’s portrayal of mental health during a Longwood’s … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Privacy breaches can cost $214 per record — Cavoukian

  The audience laughed when Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said she got called on a weekend over a major privacy breach. “I don’t know how they got my home number,” she said teasing. Cavoukian rushed downtown to Toronto’s … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Will new health care technology bring a utopia or dystopia?

It’s easy to get carried away with the continual promise of better health care through technology. From the IBM Watson super computer to vending machines that dispense pharmaceuticals, we are likely on the cusp of a new wave of technology … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Technology: Will docs battle Watson for your diagnosis?

Healthcare has always experienced a love-hate relationship with technology. New technologies have certainly both contributed to costs and reduced costs. There has been considerable literature on how expensive new technologies become unnecessarily overused, and as the recent showdown with Ontario … Continue reading →