The Forum

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5 key insights from a year's worth of international CEO roundtables

Vidal Seegobin July 4, 2019

Two weeks after the conclusion of our Global Forum meeting series, I've been reflecting on the conversations and questions your peer CEOs shared.  

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Successful high-risk care models must exclude patients. Here's how the best programmes decide to do it.

by Rachel Zuckerman and Vidal Seegobin June 20, 2019

Health systems around the world have built complex care management models to better care for the small group of patients who represent an outsized amount of health care spending. The most successful care management programmes activate patients to better self-manage in the community, thereby reducing their over-reliance on the hospital.

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Lessons from one Dutch oncology network on spurring engagement from network participants

Liz Jones June 13, 2019

A few years ago, specialty providers in the Netherlands began proposing minimum volume thresholds for certain procedures. This push was driven by data showing—especially for complex procedures—increased efficiencies and improved outcomes above certain volumes. The Ministry of Health and health inspection authorities subsequently endorsed these minimum volumes.

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How one UK hospital used a cartoon character to boost mental health capacity

by Asya Igmen and Liz Roberts June 6, 2019

Twenty percent of children and adolescents experience mental health disorders—an unsurprising figure considering that half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by the mid-20s. What's more, children with complex medical conditions are more likely to suffer psychological disorders than those without. In fact, evidence suggests that 58% of children with a medical condition experience mental health disorders, and that having one has a negative impact on quality-of-life over time.

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The major mind shift this Ontario hospital had to make to improve care for its homeless population

by Rachel Zuckerman and Vidal Seegobin May 23, 2019

Many urban centres around the world are home to financially insecure people managing numerous clinical and psychosocial challenges, including substance abuse and mental health conditions. As a result, urban hospitals often become the care provider for underserved patients when no one else can step up. Ambulances and even police dispatches bring these patients to the emergency department when their conditions are at their worst, often because there's nowhere else to take them.

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Struggling to keep your partners accountable? Learn how this UK hospital "sweetened" the deal with GPs.

Vidal Seegobin May 16, 2019

The rising challenges in health care expose a global truth: Few providers will be able to solve health care's problems alone.

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How this Israeli health system gave primary care a seat at the table, and how you can too

by Paul Trigonoplos May 9, 2019

There's a global push for integrated health networks tasked with managing a population's health to budget. In every version—Integrated Care Systems in England, Ontario Health Teams in Canada, Accountable Care Organisations in the United States, etc.—governments are pushing hospitals to partner across the continuum to find success.

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Want to invest in social prescribing? It's not all about the money.

Vidal Seegobin May 2, 2019

In two research studies this year, the Global Forum investigated the connection between health and non-health care services. As care providers, we are waking up to the impact that social determinants of health have on clinical outcomes. Accordingly, many health systems are now trying to figure out how to bridge that divide—and one of the most novel and interesting concepts to do so is social prescribing.

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