Call for Papers Extended to 29th February 2016

ISQua Update
 
Prof Cliff Hughes, ISQua President
Prof Cliff Hughes, ISQua President
President's Report

Walking through Regents Park, London recently I noticed a Prunus tree in full bloom! It was almost mid-winter! Surprised, I asked one of the gardeners. She replied that the species does blossom twice each year. As I write, the cherry trees will soon blossom in Tokyo. It is a spectacle known around the world for its beauty.  Those fragile flowers bring hope of a new beginning, a new year of growth and excitement.  But there will be a second bloom in Tokyo this year. ISQua and its members will arrive en masse in Japan with a myriad new ideas flourishing across the entire spectrum of safety and quality in healthcare.

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Peter Carter, ISQua CEO
Peter Carter, ISQua CEO
Innovation Against Ageing

‘’Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light’’. Dylan Thomas

Populations are ageing, that is not news, and I have written about this before.

The healthcare consequences of ageing have been further illuminated recently, however, by the ISQua Innovations Group.

Following a successful workshop at the Doha Conference attended by representatives of 16 countries across the spectrum from developing to developed, a number of new insights have emerged.

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Triona Fortune, Deputy CEO
Triona Fortune, Deputy CEO
Extending the ISQua family

It’s still hard to appreciate that another year has passed and we are again busy preparing for our annual conference. With our partners from the Japan Council for Quality Health Care (JQ) we host the 33rd meeting in Tokyo in October. My only sadness around this is we miss Cherry Blossom time. 

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ISQua Programme Updates
Conference
33rd International Conference - 16th to 19th October 2016, Tokyo, Japan
 
Due to phenomenal demand we have extended our submission date for abstracts to 29th February. To date we have received over 900 abstracts and expect many more in the coming days. If you would like to summit your paper and join us in Tokyo in October, please visit our website for submission details.
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Accreditation
International Accreditation Programme (IAP)
 
We have made some changes to our Accreditation webpages and we hope you like them. Our aim is to make our webpages more user friendly and to improve the accessibility of information about the IAP. We would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to view the pages and give us your feedback.
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Membership
 

Welcome to all renewing and new Members who have joined for 2016.   We are delighted to report that we have seen an increase in numbers compared to the same time in 2015.  60 Institutional Members have joined with 10 new Institutional Members from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, India, Macedonia, Qatar, South Africa, and the United States.

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Education
 
The number of Fellowship Programme participants has reached 360 with 63 countries being represented in the Programme. There were some changes in the leadership table of five countries that provide the highest number of enrolments with Nigeria (13.1%) staying on the top of the list, followed by Saudi Arabia (10.6%) and India (7.5%) climbing up into the third spot.
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Live Regional Events
Quality for sustainability in healthcare
25th International Forum OES / 1st LatinAmerican Forum ISQua
 
OES, Organization for Excellence in Health in collaboration with ISQua are hosting a Latin American Forum in the Convention Center, Hilton Hotel, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on 18th to 20th May 2016. Registration for the forum is now open

A number of international experts will be speaking at the forum including ISQua's Deputy CEO, ISQua's President-Elect and past Board members. To find out more about any of the speakers or the forum please click on any of the below photos:
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Publications
Stay up to date with IJQHC
 

Receive the latest research from the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (IJQHC) straight into your inbox. Sign up to receive content alerts from the International Journal for Quality in Health Care as soon as an issue is published online here.

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Layman Summaries of Published IJQHC Articles
Enhanced capture of healthcare-related harms and injuries in the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)
Volume 28 Issue 1 of International Journal for Quality in Health Care - IJQHC.
by W. A. Ghali, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to submit the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to the World Health Assembly in 2018.  

The ICD is published by the WHO and used worldwide for morbidity and mortality statistics, reimbursement systems, and automated decision support in health care. 

This system is designed to promote international comparability in the collection, processing, classification, and presentation of these statistics. 
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Reducing excess readmissions: promising effect of hospital readmissions reduction program in US hospitals
Volume 28 Issue 1 of International Journal for Quality in Health Care - IJQHC.
byNing Lu, PhD, MPH Professor, College of Health and Human Services, Governors State University, Illinois, USA
 
When patients are sick with pneumonia (PN), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or heart failure (HF), they very often require hospital care.

High quality inpatient care can effectively treat the disease and help patients to recover. But due to many reasons a patient may end up coming back to be hospitalized again after discharge from the hospital.

When readmission happens within 30 days after discharge from the hospital, it could be an indication of inadequate quality of care provided.
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ISQua Activities
ISQua Webinars
 
As part of our Education Programme we host a number of webinars each month with leaders in the healthcare field. These webinars are freely accessible to anyone interested in attending but ISQua Fellowship candidates receive 2 credits for each webinar attended.
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News from our Members
The ACHS Improvement Academy
by Originally published in ACHSNews - No. 53 Summer 2016
 

In 2016, ACHS will break significant ground in the delivery of education to its members, with the establishment of the new ACHS Improvement Academy.

To be launched in early March, the new Academy will complement ACHS’s existing accreditation activities by providing contemporary content and training approaches to meet the healthcare industry’s evolving needs.

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GS1 - Recruitment
Healthcare Provider Senior Manager
 
GS1 are currently recruiting for a full-time Healthcare Provider Senior Manager for their office in Brussels.

The manager will have responsibility for driving the implementation of GS1 standards in hospitals worldwide to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency. She/he will work with the 112 GS1 Member Organisations across the world to support them in their work with hospitals.
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Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) - Recruitment
 
Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is an internationally leading health services research facility. AIHI brings together three well-known, leading and highly successful Macquarie University research centres that work in the separate but related areas of clinical governance, implementation science, health informatics, health services and health systems and safety. The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation has several exciting new positions available.
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Partnership with Patients
Partnership with Patients
 
The Advisory Committee on Partnership with Patients (ACPP) is a committee of the Board established to ensure the patient perspective is included in all considerations and deliberations of ISQua. The ACPP have set up an Advisory Forum on Partnerships with Patients (AFPP) to consider the diverse views of patients/consumers/service users (patients) worldwide and understand the different demographic challenges. 

One of the first goals of the AFPP is the definition of Person Centered Care:
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Recently Published
All In: Utilizing Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care
New Healthcare Book Aims to Save Lives
byBruce W. Spurlock, M.D. Patricia A. Teske, RN, MHA with chapter contribution by: Donald M. Berwick, M.D.
 

Healthcare Professionals Share Collaborative Knowledge to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes 

More than 35 healthcare professionals including industry-recognized gurus Donald Berwick, M.D., MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Dennis Wagner, MPA, Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, joined forces to write a powerful new book about healthcare collaboratives.  

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Safer Healthcare: Strategies for the Real World
byVincent, Charles, Amalberti, René
 

The authors of this book set out a system of safety strategies and interventions for managing patient safety on a day-to-day basis and improving safety over the long term. These strategies are applicable at all levels of the healthcare system from the frontline to the regulation and governance of the system.

There have been many advances in patient safety, but we now need a new and broader vision that encompasses care throughout the patient’s journey. 

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Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation
byThe Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the first Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, illuminating variation in health care provision across Australia.

The atlas presents a clear picture of substantial variation in healthcare use across Australia, across areas such as antibiotic prescribing, surgical, mental health and diagnostic services.

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In Remembrance
Prof Franco Perraro RIP
 
Prof Franco Perraro RIP
Prof Franco Perraro RIP
ISQua was saddened to hear of the death of one of our founding members, Prof Franco Perraro. Prof Perraro passed away on 15th February 2016, following a long illness, at the age of 84.
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Forthcoming Events
Open Geneva Hackathon 2016
16 - 18 April 2016, Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland
 

The Open Geneva Hackathon 2016 brings together multi-disciplinary teams to tackle important challenges in global health using geospatial and other sources of open data, in a spirit of open innovation and social progress. Results from the hackathon will be showcased at the Geneva Health Forum.

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Simnovate International Summit
5 - 6 May 2016, The Omni Hotel, Montreal, Canada
 
Simnovate is a major international initiative to bring together simulation, education and innovation in the healthcare arena. International experts in patient safety, medical technologies, pervasive learning and global health have been meeting regularly to discuss the baseline of where the work is at in each domain and determine what is missing to propel change in their respective areas. 
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