ISQua Update
 
Peter Lachman, ISQua CEO
Peter Lachman, ISQua CEO
Message from the CEO

As the new CEO at ISQua, I would like say hello to all the members and fellows who make up the organisation. It is a privilege to join ISQua at this time when quality and safety have become a mainstream requirement of healthcare.


I have been involved in the quality improvement and patient safety field for the past 10 years. I have worked closely with clinical teams as they strive for continual improvement of their work. I have learnt that as long as we focus on the person in the patient then we will do the right thing. Yet, it has always surprised me how we have provided services without really understanding how to do it in the best way possible. My mission is to spread the learning I have been fortunate to have and to help to develop a clear vision for the organisation. 

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Triona Fortune, ISQua Deputy CEO
Triona Fortune, ISQua Deputy CEO
It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
It is with great sadness that yet another of my ISQua bulletin articles is about the death of a good person. Kate Granger of #hellomynameis died 23rd July, 2016. Some of you will be familiar with Kate a young doctor in the NHS, who while receiving cancer treatment, was alarmed at the lack of compassion among clinical staff.

Dr. Granger started a campaign to encourage people to introduce themselves, this simple gesture can be the start of relationships built on trust.
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ISQua Programme Updates
Conference
33rd International Conference - Tokyo, Japan, 16th - 19th October 2016
 

It’s Not All Work At Our Annual Conference!

We know our delegates work hard all year round! So we want to reward them for all that hard work with a whole range of networking and social events - educational tours, cultural tours and receptions - that can be availed of during our Conference in Japan. 

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Accreditation
International Accreditation Programme (IAP)
 

Surveyor Update Sessions

The first of our Surveyor Update training days was held on the 9th of June with three training sessions provided to facilitate surveyors working in different time zones around the world to attend. Further update sessions will be held in August and November.
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Membership Update
 
We are delighted to report that we have seen an increase in our Membership numbers this year over previous years.   At the time of writing we have over 500 Members from 68 countries, many of these from organisations and countries new to ISQua.
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Education
Fellowship Programme
 
There has been a 15% increase in numbers since the last edition of the Bulletin and we are delighted to announce that we will have surpassed our 2016 target of 400 Fellowship Programme participants by the end of the year.  There are currently 450 Fellowship Programme Participants representing 63 countries around the globe.
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Member Focus
Annual General Meeting 2016
 
ISQua's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 17th October 2016 in the Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan.

Documentation relating to the AGM will be sent by email to all Members by 18th September.  If you have not receive this email by 19th September or would like the information to be re-sent to you, please contact Deirdre Burke
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ISQua Members 2016
 
ISQua's worldwide network connects members in over 60 countries. Please find below a list of all our Institutional and Individual Members and countries, current as of the 17th August 2016. Further registrations will be published later in the year.

Privacy restriction in many countries restrict the publication of contact details. Any member needing further details can contact Deirdre Burke with their request.
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ISQua Activities
Salzburg Global Seminar
Better Health Care: How Do We Learn About Improvement?
byPeter Lachman, ISQua CEO
 
An elusive problem for healthcare professionals and quality improvement activists is to work out how to evaluate the programmes that are undertaken. Research methodology is often inappropriate for the programme evaluation. There is a compelling need to develop new ways to assess process and outcomes.

In pursuit of this aim, healthcare experts led by URC Director, M. Rashad Massoud met in Austria for the Salzburg Global Seminar Session No. 565 - 'Better Health Care: How do we learn about improvement?' from 10th to 15th July 2016. ISQua was represented by CEO, Peter Lachman and President, Cliff Hughes, senior advisor in Patient Safety at Guy’s & St Thomas Trust in London UK.
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Sir Hugh Devine Medal
 

ISQua's President, Prof Cliff Hughes AO, FRACS, was recently awarded the Sir Hugh Devine Medal by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) during their Annual Scientific Congress in May 2016.

Sir Hugh Devine played a leading role in the original concept of the College, being one of the three signatories to the "foundation letter" of 1925. He achieved world fame for his surgical skills and originality of thought, and was knighted for his contributions to surgery.

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Interview with Paul Sharek, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University
 
Paul Sharek interview with Elaine O' Connor
Paul Sharek interview with Elaine O' Connor
In June, ISQua was visited by Paul Sharek, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, creator and Medical Director of the LPCH Center for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, and Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Paul kindly agreed to be interviewed by Elaine O'Connor, our Head of International Accreditation and Regulation, on the US based collaborative - Solutions for Patient Safety.
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It's Colombia Not Columbia
byTriona Fortune, ISQua Deputy CEO
 
The humidity in Colombia was 90% so yes this is what my hair looked like. However, it was worth it, to experience the motivation of Teresa Tono and her organisation La Organización para la Excelencia de la Salud (OES). ISQua partnered with OES for our first Latin American Conference. Joining me in Cartagena, from May 18-20, were Rene Amalberti, Sheila Leatherman and Wendy Nicklin.  
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Become a Top Influencer for #ISQua2016!
Symplur - Healthcare Hashtag Project
 
ISQua has joined the Healthcare Hashtag Project, a free open platform, provided by Symplur, for patients, caregivers, advocates, doctors and other providers that connects everyone to relevant conversations and communities.
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News from our Members
International seminar in Brazil to discuss patient safety and accreditation in times of crisis
 
The Brazilian national accreditation organisation - ONA (www.ona.org.br), will host the 2nd International Seminar of Patient Safety and Healthcare Accreditation, from 01 - 03 September, in São Paulo, Brazil.

The objective of this meeting is to inspire the debate about quality and safety in healthcare, to promote innovation and patient safety culture in healthcare facilities in Brazil - even in difficult times.
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Fellowship
Internship Programme
 
ISQua Intern, Girish Swaminathan, with the team from AGPAL/QIP
ISQua Intern, Girish Swaminathan, with the team from AGPAL/QIP
ISQua has partnered with AGPAL/QIP to offer internship opportunities to graduates of the ISQua Fellowship Programme.  2016 is the inaugural year for this programme and AGPAL/QIP very generously extended the opportunity for three applicants to avail of an internship with them.
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Partnership with Patients
How person-centred are your patient feedback mechanisms?
byAssoc. Professor Michael Greco, CEO, Patient Opinion Australia
 

Hearing the patient voice is central to ensuring better safety and quality across our health services.  Without them, I would argue that our efforts are in vain.  How this voice is heard and translated into action needs reviewing too.  We have to ask the question ‘on whose terms are we engaging with our consumers?’  If we are honest, it is probably on the terms of the health service rather than the consumer. One example of this is the difficulty experienced by health services when comments are posted anonymously by patients or their carers.

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Layman Summaries of Published IJQHC Articles
Impact of continuity of care on preventable hospitalization of patients with type 2 diabetes: a nationwide Korean cohort study, 2002–2010
Volume 28 Issue 4 of International Journal for Quality in Health Care - IJQHC.
byKyoung Hee Cho, MPH, Chung MoNam, PhD, Young Choi, Jae-Woo Choi, MPH, Seon-Heui Lee, PhD, Eun-Cheol Park, MD, PhD
 

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the hypothesis that continuity of care (COC) can reduce the rate of unnecessary hospitalization for people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

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Evaluating patient safety indicators in orthopedic surgery between Italy and the USA
Volume 28 Issue 4 of International Journal for Quality in Health Care - IJQHC.
by Dario Tedesco, Tina Hernandez-Boussard, Elisa Carretta, Paola Rucci, Maurizia Rolli, Patrizio Di Denia, Kathryn McDonald, Maria Pia Fantini
 
Risk evaluation and international comparisons in healthcare are becoming more and more interesting for a wide public. Nowadays, citizens want to know how public money is spent, if hospitals perform safe procedures, and where they can seek better care.
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Assessing the impact of general practitioner team service on perceived quality of care among patients with non-communicable diseases in China: a natural experimental study
Volume 28 Issue 5 of International Journal for Quality in Health Care - IJQHC.
by Jia Yin, Xiaolin Wei, Haitao Li, Yanling Jiang, and Chunfang Mao
 
Many countries in the world are reforming their health systems to meet the challenge of growing chronic disease. One of the strategies is to improve the capacity of primary care providers. In this issue, we would introduce a study in China, a vast country with 1.3 billion population, and see how its health policies have made an impact on primary care quality.
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Monitoring Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes in Bauchi State, Nigeria: An Evaluation of a Standards-Based Quality Improvement Intervention
Volume 28 Issue 5 of International Journal for Quality in Health Care - IJQHC
by Ibrahim Kabo, Emmanuel Otolorin, Emma Williams, Nosa Orobaton, Hannatu Abdullahi, Habib Sadauki, Masduk Abdulkarim, Dele Abegunde
 
A quality improvement team of frontline health care workers was formed in each of the 23 secondary health facilities in Bauchi state, northeast Nigeria, where the quality of maternal and newborn health care services was considered to be sub-optimal and the number of maternal and newborn deaths was among the highest in the country. 
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Forthcoming Events
2016 Infoway Partnership Conference - A Conversation About Digital Health
Delta Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario - November 16-17, 2016
 
Canada Health Infoway is excited to hold the 2016 Infoway Partnership Conference during Digital Health Week.

Join them for 'A Conversation About Digital Health'.

Partnership Conference 2016 will highlight new programs and initiatives happening across Canada and will build on last year’s interoperability theme. 
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IHI Scientific Symposium - Call for Abstracts
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA - December 5, 2016
 
Abstract submission for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Scientific Symposium is now open. 

This year, IHI are collaborating with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and abstracts selected for the Scientific Symposium may be published in the BMJ with author consent. 

The deadline for submitting your abstract is Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.
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