DDO’s upcoming conference on Risk Management in Health Research

Research is a very rewarding endeavour for hospitals, their researchers and the client populations they serve.  Conducting research brings with it a certain amount of risk for the parties involved.  DDO’s research conference, “Risk Management Issues in Health Research,” aims to explore a number of topics faced by hospital administration and researchers when presented with a research opportunity, or when they initiate their own opportunities for research. Read More

Ontario’s primary care sector submits its inaugural quality improvement plans

In 2010, the Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA) was introduced as part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s provincial Action Plan for Health Care. ECFAA required Ontario hospitals to develop and submit annual Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) with identified and measurable quality improvement initiatives. These hospital-focussed QIPs were one pillar of a broader mandate of systemic quality improvement in Ontario. To that end, it had always been understood that the Ministry’s quality focus would eventually widen to encompass other sectors. Read More

Health care procurement tips – avoiding common traps

With the release of the Broader Public Sector procurement directive in 2011, health care organizations in Ontario have been forced to change the way that they procure goods and services. DDO is working with our clients to implement procurement procedures that are both practical and in compliance with Ontario’s regulatory requirements. Read More