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Health Innovation Blog

Welcome to the Health Innovation Blog! The intention of this blog is provide a platform for staff, students and community members to discuss innovative ideas to address health system challenges and gaps.

The views expressed in these blogs are the opinions of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre.

 

Jun 22, 2018

Emergency department overcrowding in Ontario

Emergency department overcrowding is an ongoing challenge that is caused by a lack of capacity in the healthcare system. The policy options to address overcrowding are investment in healthcare infrastructure, financial incentives and integrated healthcare in the community
Jun 7, 2018

Health and wealth: Basic income as an intervention for Canada’s poverty-related health issues

Of all the social determinants of health, socioeconomic status is the most impactful. Evidence suggests that basic income might mitigate the effects of low income on health, increasing social security efficiency and saving the healthcare system money in the process.
May 15, 2018

Creating a smooth transition: Improving the mental health care system for transitional aged youth

Ivey Health Student Research Analysts examined the mental health system for transitional aged youth moving from the child to the adult system. This blog summarizes their findings and recommendations for improving mental health care for this population.
Apr 30, 2018

Sugar, a love affair

Obesity and chronic disease continues to rise across Canada. This blog aims to understand what sugar does on an individual level, analyze the process of how sugar became such a regular staple in our diet and look at successful policies around the globe that Canada can look to.
Apr 16, 2018

Is it time for user fees in Canadian healthcare?

The debate around user fees in Canadian public healthcare is a perpetual one. Why haven't they been adopted to the Canadian system?
Apr 2, 2018

Building accessible mental health care systems to improve patient outcomes

Western student, Erica Yarmol-Matusiak, reflects on mental health access for transitional age youth in London, a topic recently discussed at the Nspire Western’s Mind Over Matter panel and the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation panel on Innovation in Mental Health Care.
Mar 16, 2018

Leveraging telemedicine technology in Ontario for the Patients First Mandate

Dr. Keith Thompson proposes areas of application for existing telemedicine services that could further improve patient access and likely improve healthcare economics within Ontario, thus helping reach targets for the "Patients First Mandate"  proposed by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
Jan 26, 2018

One problem, many solutions: How to improve Canadian organ donation

Canada has one of the most disorganized and fragmented organ donation systems amongst industrialized countries. Canada must look to leading countries to develop solutions to improving the system, which will in turn save lives and increase health care cost savings.
Jan 3, 2018

Losing touch with our 4th age

Canada’s population is aging at a quicker rate than ever before. This blog considers areas of optimism and areas of issue that gerontologists face regarding our aging population.
Nov 6, 2017

Treating patients with Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS)

People with MUPS are a segment of the population who have felt ignored and pushed outside the peripheries of science and medicine. This blog calls for the healthcare system to advance research activities and improve knowledge that will aid in developing better ways to treat people with MUPS.