Online tool provides health quality
REGINA – The quality of healthcare
services offered in Saskatchewan can be more easily assessed through a
new online reporting tool (qualityinsight.ca)
launched by the Health Quality Council. It was developed in response to
demand from providers, health regions, and government for timely
information about how the health system is performing.
This new provincial resource displays results for various indicators of
healthcare quality in Saskatchewan. Marlene Smadu, Chair of the Health
Quality Council, and Associate Dean (Southern Saskatchewan Campus) for
the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing, says the province
is again leading the way in healthcare with the launch of Quality
“Our health system is ahead of other jurisdictions in Canada in its
understanding of - and use of - measurement and transparent reporting to
improve care, and in its collaborative approach to identifying
indicators of quality that will be useful for improvement,” says Smadu.
Right now, most of the information in Quality Insight measures the
health system’s progress in achieving targets set for the Saskatchewan
Surgical Initiative; this major improvement effort was launched by the
Health Ministry in March 2010, in response to the Patient First Review.
In addition to measuring improvement progress, the indicators about
quality of surgical care will also help inform efforts by managers and
providers to shorten waits for surgery and improve patients’ experiences
with the health system. Over time, HQC will add more indicators related
to quality of surgical care, as well as other measures of quality in
other parts of the system.
The site will also include indicators available from other reporting
organizations, such as the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
“Transparency is important to us, but gathering and analyzing
information for reporting on the quality of care in our health region
currently takes a lot of time and energy,” says Brandy Winquist,
Decision Support Consultant, Cypress Health Region.
“The beauty of Quality Insight online is that it makes knowledge about
the healthcare system’s performance more accessible to everyone, which
will be more efficient for us. Cypress Health Region certainly looks
forward to the new possibilities it presents.”
With HQC’s team of subject matter experts, zu, a Saskatoon-based web
company, designed and programmed the Quality Insight website. The Health
Quality Council is an independent agency that works closely with health
regions, providers, and government to accelerate improvement in
Saskatchewan’s healthcare system.
HQC is fulfilling this mission by measuring and reporting on quality,
building leadership and capability for improvement, engaging providers,
and informing health policy.
Posted February 24, 2011