Health Care System Innovation

The Health Care System Innovation (HCSI) component is designed to stimulate health care policy analysis and development, advance strategic thinking and policy options, and facilitate joint federal/provincial/territorial initiatives for the benefit of the publicly-funded health care system.

In the past, Health Canada has supported projects that address emerging and ongoing priority health and policy issues, including primary health care, home and continuing care, palliative and end-of-life care, chronic disease management and patient safety. These initiatives are meant to foster strategic, evidence-based decision-making and innovative approaches through the implementation of pilot projects, the identification and sharing of best practices, the development of research and information, and the active dissemination and transfer of knowledge.

There are three major themes within the HCSI component:

  • Health Care Policy Conferences and Events identified through a call for proposals, a series of conferences and events in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 that seek to foster the dissemination, translation and uptake of knowledge and policy-relevant dialogue amongst a broad audience.
  • The Health Care System Responsiveness to Population Aging thematic stream examines issues and implications that arise in the health care system in the context of population aging and encourages solutions that will contribute to sustained system-level change at a pan-Canadian level.
  • The  Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System supports data collection and analysis and reporting related to medication incidents, facilitates the development and dissemination of information to reduce the risk of medication incidents, and promotes best practices in safe medication use systems.
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