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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.


Dec 11, 2018

Kindness Cures: An innovative approach to reducing burnout in healthcare settings

Healthcare settings are often fast-paced and high-intensity, leading to increased stress and burnout for healthcare professionals. An innovative approach to combatting this poor mental health might centre around acts of kindness becoming a norm in healthcare settings.
Nov 13, 2018

Beyond the patch: A person-centred approach to behaviour change for smoking cessation

Smoking cessation has largely been viewed from a medical lens, but what if we took a more person-centred approach to combatting this behaviour? Read about how individuals talk themselves into smoking cessation behaviour change through motivational interviewing.
Oct 16, 2018

Nudge, Nudge

Nudge, nudge. Read about what drivers are making it hard for you to resist the temptation of unhealthy choices and how you can be unconsciously nudged into making better decisions.
Sep 20, 2018

Active Minds Western demands more, publishes mental health and wellness recommendations paper

Active Minds Western, the largest student-run mental health club on campus at Western University, is hoping to influence the University’s administration to put forth legislation, delegate resources and implement changes to make the campus environment more conducive to mental health and wellness.
Aug 13, 2018

Health sector supply chain strategy and management

Despite, the healthcare sector facing significant supply chain challenges, existing supply chain research efforts have had a limited focus on the health sector. Read about Ivey Health’s recent study on the benefits, challenges, and metrics of various supply chain models.
Jul 26, 2018

Patient-reported outcomes measures in hospital tendering

With the increasing focus on value-based healthcare in private and public health organizations, Ivey Health conducted a report on current Canadian PROMs practices, and the strategies healthcare organizations could use to incorporate PROMs into their tendering processes.
Jul 4, 2018

Learning from Scandinavia on management of seniors' care

As countries deal with their own complex health issues, an aging population is a common demographic shift that health care systems worldwide must adapt to. Canada can take example from high performing Nordic countries to transform our senior healthcare system in the Canadian context.
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.