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The Power of Virtual Care: Moving the Patient to the Centre

Healthcare is a complex enterprise, simultaneously political, human, expensive, disconnected, and dynamic. As the population ages and people live increasingly with chronic conditions, the healthcare system must respond. We are moving from a paradigm of emergency rooms, hospital beds and multiple specialists in silos, to one in which patients receive integrated care in the community and transition seamlessly through different parts of the of the system. Virtual care is the first great opportunity for a true revolution in healthcare. With virtual care, the patient moves to the centre of their care. It involves the application of technology to improve the flow of information between patients and their healthcare teams (and within those teams themselves) in order to improve analysis, coordination, decision-making, and ultimately, health outcomes. But this could all be stifled if the system does not get out of the way. Join us for The Power of Virtual Care: Moving the Patient to the Centre. In this webinar, Dr. Trevor Jamieson will discuss the concept of the patient as the care hub. He will also discuss the role of the Women’s College Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) in this system transformation. Dr. Jamieson will explore how all stakeholders—patient, clinician, innovator, institution, industry player or other catalyst—can help this patient-centric vision of health powered by virtual care to become a reality.

Recorded Webinar | April 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Improving Health Care Access Through Fiscal Policy

Many Canadians continue to struggle with out-of-pocket health expenses, such as prescription drugs and dental care. One potential solution is to leverage health-related tax policies, to improve access to health care services, products, and programs, particularly for lower-income Canadians. But would it be enough? New research from the Conference Board examines the efficiency and equity of current and proposed health-related tax policy. Join researcher Alexandru Dobrescu as he details the findings of Tax Policies in Canadian Health Care: Do They Incentivize Utilization? In this session, Alexandru will examine usage patterns of some current and proposed tax policies as well as the role of federal and provincial governments in ensuring equitable and timely access to the health care system for Canadians. Alexandru will also analyze the current Medical Expense Tax Credit and Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, and explore the Refundable Health Tax Credit proposed by the Advisory Panel on Health Innovation, as well as a hypothetical medical expense tax deduction. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the implications of making employee benefits taxable, and the lessons learned from examining current and proposed tax policies.

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Corporate Dividend Withholding Tax: Holding Back Inbound Investment

Is Canada holding back inbound investment? This briefing indicates that eliminating the Canadian withholding tax on dividend payments to non-residents would lift foreign direct investment of $2.6 billion per year.

Briefing | 23 pages | March 2016 | Elise Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

La retenue d’impôt sur les dividendes au Canada : Un frein à l’investissement étranger?

Le Canada freine-t-il les investissements étrangers? D’après ce document, supprimer la retenue d’impôt canadienne sur les dividendes versés aux non-résidents ferait augmenter l’investissement direct étranger de 2,6 G$ par an.

Résumé | 27 pages | March 2016 | Elise Martin | Le Conference Board du Canada

A Webinar on Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada’s Road Transportation Sector: A Long, Hard Road to 2050

The Paris climate talks are over and Canada has joined nearly 200 nations in its commitment to tackling climate change. But will it be enough? It is widely maintained that to prevent catastrophic climate change from occurring, developed countries must reduce their emissions by 80 per cent relative to 1990 levels. Unfortunately for Canada, our greenhouse gas emissions levels are increasing. Much of the growth has resulted from the transportation sector, with both commercial and residential road transportation emissions accounting for the largest share. So what can be done to stop this continuing growth, and rein in emissions before it’s too late? Join us for this webinar as Len Coad presents key findings from the recently released report A Long, Hard Road: Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada’s Road Transportation Sector by 2050. For this research, an analysis was completed examining options Canada might pursue to reduce road transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent from their 1990 level by 2050. Len will provide expert analysis of the results, and detail two cases that examine the potential emissions reductions that could result from a broad range of trends and technologies, noting that even with aggressive assumptions, Canada would still need to make significant adjustments to achieve the target.

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | Len Coad | The Conference Board of Canada

The Future of Canada’s Health Care Supply Chain: Value-Based Procurement

Healthcare reform is trending across the globe. Many countries and jurisdictions are moving to a value-based health care system, one where generating increased value for patients is the main goal. At its core, value-based health care is all about obtaining better health outcomes per dollar spent. And to maximize this value for patients, leading organizations are moving towards a value-based procurement system, one that ensures lower costs and more direct care for each individual. But how does a value-based procurement system differ from traditional models? And could it allow your organization to more effectively provide care? Join Dr. Gabriela Prada as she explores value-based procurement, and explains how the model represents a shift from traditional procurement approaches that focused on cost-containment, and instead seeks value beyond cost minimization. Value-based procurement is mandatory within the European Union and it is being encouraged by the Ontario Government. Other provinces in Canada are also following this trend. Don’t miss this chance to hear why this is quickly becoming the model of choice, and how your organization could benefit by adopting this strategy.

Recorded Webinar | February 2016 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

Investing in Children’s Health—Pedianomics & the Tiny Tidal Wave

A recent report from Statistics Canada has shown that for the first time ever, seniors out-number children in Canada. This “silver tsunami” suggests that we should invest more in home, community, and medical care for Canada’s aging population. Strategic plans are already in place for relevant government agencies and industries, but is that all we need to do to ensure the longevity of Canada’s health care system? What other impacts may the healthcare system face with the wave of aging boomers? In 20 years, Canada will have 1.2 million more children than we do today—children who are tomorrow’s workers, taxpayers, and innovators. This “tiny tidal wave” will play a huge part in supporting the health care needs of older Canadians, and by investing in children’s health now, will reduce their lifelong health costs, increase the economic productivity of their parents, and increase their economic prosperity when they grow up. The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario calls this Pedianomics. Pedianomics links Canada’s two most pressing issues—the economy and health care—and challenges us to look beyond our current issues to long-term solutions. Maintenance of Certification Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to .5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Recorded Webinar | February 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Building Superior Health Policy: The Inclusive Growth Framework

A wide range of factors contribute to quality of life, with many being completely intangible or otherwise difficult to measure. Professionals and experts alike measure and discuss the living standards of a population, a composite of quality-of-life related material factors which are relatively easy to quantify, such as income, life expectancy, unemployment rates, or (in)equality. Since a higher standard of living is associated with a higher overall quality of life, policy decisions should be made with the goal of maximizing living standards. So how can we achieve this goal? Join Dr. Andrew Sharpe, Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, as he details the OECD’s inclusive growth framework, and how this model could help leaders make better decisions—now and in the future. The inclusive growth framework offers a novel and economically credible approach to the assessment of some of the most important policies for Canadians, particularly health policy. By fully encompassing the costs and benefits of policy into a single measure (dollars) in a rigorous way, policy-making can become more transparent, quantitative evaluations more meaningful, and policy actions more effective. The inclusive growth framework outlined in this webinar offers policy analysts and decision-makers in government, business, and other organizations a new tool for effective health policy evaluation. Maintenance of Certification Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to .5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Recorded Webinar | January 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Du téléphone fixe au haut débit mobile : Déterminants fiscaux de l’investissement dans le secteur canadien des télécommunications

Découvrez pourquoi l’accélération de l’amortissement de la déduction pour amortissement (DPA) applicable au matériel de télécommunications stimulerait l’investissement sectoriel et le PIB réel au Canada. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Note de recherche | 32 pages | December 2015 | Elise Martin | Le Conference Board du Canada

From Landline to Mobile Broadband: Tax Drivers of Investment for Canada’s Telecom Industry

Understand why accelerating the CCA rate for telecommunications equipment would boost industry investment and real GDP for Canada.

Briefing | 28 pages | December 2015 | Elise Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

Improving Life in Canada’s North: Community-Driven Approaches to Inuit Youth Health and Wellness

When it comes to the health and wellness of its citizens,Canada is a leading nation amongst its peers. Unfortunately, highquality of life and health standards remain elusive for certain segments of Canada’s population. People living in Canada’s Northern Territories generally report higher rates of physical and mental health challenges than their southern counterparts. Nunavut, in particular, struggles with these issues, having a higher suicide rate, greater frequency of chronic illness, and lower life expectancy than any other territory or province in Canada. This signals a clear need for upstream health initiatives, including programs and projects that enhance understanding, prevention, and intervention. So what is being done to address these issues? Qaujigiartiit is an independent, community-driven health and wellness research centre that was established to serve Nunavummiut. Its primary objective is to “enable health research to be conducted locally, by northerners, and with communities in a supportive, safe, culturally-sensitive and ethical environment, and to promote the inclusion of both Inuit and Western epistemologies and methodologies in addressing health concerns.” As such, Qaujigiartiit works on projects of priority to communities, such as climate change, infectious illness, mental health, sexual health, the health care system, and the health of children and youth. Join Dr. Gwen Healey for this 60-minute webinar as she describes and reflects upon Qaujigiartiit’s community-led interventions to promote health and wellness among youth in Nunavut. Hear about the methods and tools employed; why they were chosen; how they work; and what kind of impact they have had on the youth who attend the programs. Gwen will explore the link between improved health outcomes and advancements in community and individual capacity development, and the long-term benefits of this approach.

Recorded Webinar | November 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Habitudes de vie plus saines : des avantages considérables pour l’économie du Québec et la santé de ses citoyens

Québec peut réduire le nombre de personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques ainsi que les coûts associés à ces maladies. En investissant dans la promotion de la santé, on peut faire diminuer la prévalence de ces maladies et de leurs facteurs de risque. Parmi les avantages qui résulteraient de ces investissements, mentionnons la réduction de milliers de cas de maladies chroniques et des gains économiques se chiffrant à plusieurs milliards de dollars compte tenu de la réduction de coûts liés à ces maladies. Joignez-vous à Louis Thériault, vice-président, Politiques publiques, en participant à ce webinaire qui portera sur les enjeux économiques et de santé publique liés à six maladies chroniques, notamment les cardiopathies ischémiques, les maladies cérébrovasculaires, la maladie pulmonaire obstructive chronique, le cancer du poumon, l’hypertension artérielle et le diabète. Ces maladies sont associées à des facteurs de risque qu’il est possible de réduire. Les pouvoirs publics et les entreprises jouent un rôle important en contribuant à faire reculer le tabagisme, la faible consommation quotidienne de fruits et légumes, l’inactivité physique, l’embonpoint/obésité, le diabète et l’hypertension artérielle. Le Conference Board a analysé un scénario dans le cadre duquel le Québec réduit les taux de prévalence des principaux facteurs de risque de ces six maladies conformément à ceux de la province la plus performante au Canada d’ici 2030. Si le Québec atteint ces objectifs, le système de soins de santé et l’économie du Québec pourraient enregistrer des gains substantiels. Cette étude a été réalisée à la demande de la Direction générale de la santé publique du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec. Le Conference Board du Canada a ainsi été mandaté pour évaluer les impacts économiques et sanitaires de la réduction de la prévalence des facteurs de risque des maladies chroniques dans la population du Québec.

Recorded Webinar | November 2015 | Louis Theriault | Le Conference Board du Canada

A Webinar on the Future Supply and Demand of Care for Canadian Seniors

The Baby Boomer Bulge is coming, and Canada is grappling with the implications. Just how concerned should we be about the associated impacts on health and social services? Delivering high-quality, effective, and sustainable services is both a top priority and one of most pressing challenges facing governments and businesses as they look to balance health care service demands and costs in the context of an aging population. Our forthcoming report Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast presents the results of research into future demand and supply of continuing care supports for Canadian seniors over the next 30 years. Join report co-authors Greg Hermus and Carole Stonebridge as they share the findings from this analysis, the pressure points that could occur in a status quo environment, and the areas where stakeholders should concentrate on to make progress. Download the Future Care for Canadian Seniors Report Maintenance of Certification Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to .5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Recorded Webinar | November 2015 | Greg Hermus, Carole Stonebridge | The Conference Board of Canada

Value-Based Procurement: The New Imperative for Canada’s Health Care

Based on the Conference Board’s Strategic Procurement and Innovation conference, this briefing identifies the benefits of innovative, collaborative, value-based procurement and provides key lessons from some who have implemented the concept.

Briefing | 28 pages | November 2015 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

L’approvisionnement fondé sur la valeur : le nouvel impératif pour les soins de santé au Canada

S’appuyant sur la conférence du CBdC sur l’approvisionnement stratégique et l’innovation, cette note présente les avantages d’un approvisionnement novateur, collaboratif et fondé sur la valeur ainsi que les leçons apprises à cet égard.

Résumé | 3 pages | November 2015 | Gabriela Prada | Le Conference Board du Canada

Public Private Partnerships: Assessing Major Projects in the Transportation Sector

Across Canada, governments of all levels have increasingly embraced public-private partnerships (PPPs) as their preferred approach to deliver large-scale public infrastructure projects. Nationwide, over 200 PPPs have been completed or are in various stages of the project planning process, including many in the transportation sector. Despite this, the merits of PPPs remain the source of heated political, policy, and public debate. So what are the pros and cons of PPPs? Are these partnerships the right choice for large Canadian projects?

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

LEANing Towards Success—Achieving Greater Efficiency Through Transformational Change

Lean combines an empowering philosophy with a strong methodology to support the delivery of services at higher quality with lower cost. Based on the operations at Toyota (one of the most successful organizations in the world), Lean is a management system through which organizations can more effectively eliminate waste and meet customer demands through continuous improvement. Although Toyota’s management style has been widely studied and copied, most organizations that attempt to implement this approach have failed. Approximately 70–90 per cent or organizations have been unable to sustain improvements, create a culture of continuous improvement, or achieve the transformational change and exceptional outcomes that Toyota has achieved. Why have so few companies been unable to match Toyota’s performance results? The answer lies in the differing approaches taken to Lean. While virtually all organizations begin their Lean journey by applying proven Lean tools and techniques, many cannot progress farther than that. Meanwhile other—more successful organizations—have been able to adopt a broader vision and embrace a more cultural/principled/philosophical approach to Lean. Meta-analyses of hundreds of North American companies reveals a wide gap between those that simply deploy Lean tools and those that fully embrace a more systematic approach. Those with cultural or principled implementation of Lean perform higher on all areas of performance, compared with organizations that focus exclusively on a technical approach. So which type of organization will yours be?

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Virtual Solutions for Developing Capacity in Remote Aboriginal Communities

For Canada's remotely located Aboriginal youth, access to services, education and other opportunities are often limited. The physical distance separating them from other communities and resources can be a serious impediment. One of the more alarming impacts relates to poor educational outcomes. The high school dropout rate for Aboriginals remains approximately three times higher than that of the country's population as a whole. And Aboriginal youth are less likely to pursue post-secondary education and skills development. This represents a significant problem, particularly in lieu of the fact that improved educational outcomes and capacity development in Northern Aboriginal communities are priorities for federal and provincial/territorial governments. Capacity development is also pivotal to ensuring Aboriginals can participate in a variety of private sector opportunities, such as major resource development projects.

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

An Innovation Report Card for the Provinces: Global Leaders & Late Adopters

Canada’s innovation performance has been weak for decades, earning “D” grades year-after-year on The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. But at the provincial level, a very different story emerges. While some provinces lag international peers on innovation, others are performing at or near the global frontier of innovation excellence. Which provinces are ranked among the best innovation regions in the world, and which are struggling to keep up? Does Canada receive another “D” for innovation overall? What can Canada and the provinces do to become top-performers on innovation? Join Daniel Munro and Sheila Rao as they present the findings of The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. For the first time, the Conference Board’s How Canada Performs analysis compares the innovation performance of individual provinces with that of 16 advanced peer countries. Learn how the provinces and peer countries fare on indicators of three dimensions of innovation performance—capacity, activity and results—and discuss the findings with the authors.

Recorded Webinar | September 2015 | Daniel Munro, Sheila Rao | The Conference Board of Canada

Seniors Residential Care in Canada: Can We Afford It?

As the population ages, Canadian policy makers and individuals are asking themselves the same question: Will we be able to pay for our long-term care needs in the future? Currently, the amount individuals pay for residential Long Term Care (LTC) varies widely between provinces, with public funds picking up the majority, or even all, of the bill. However, the pressure on both individual and government finances is set to further increase as a consequence of a large, looming funding gap for the sector. Even now, those wishing to access the system can face long waits for LTC spaces, leading to unneeded distress for seniors and their loved ones. Further, the consequences of this access crunch have a significant bearing on other parts of our already stretched health care system. So what can be done to mitigate the current issues and looming challenges? These issues and more were covered in a recent Conference Board of Canada report: Understanding Seniors Care in Canada. Join report co-author Dr. Philip Astles as he discusses and expands on these critical issues, starting with current payment levels for LTC by both residents and governments. He will then go on to explore some of the consequences of the present system and levels of service, including wait times for access and the knock-on effect of acute beds being used to care for those waiting for a LTC space. Finally, he will highlight some of the factors that are placing ever increasing pressure on the LTC sector, as well as ideas for potential solutions going forward.

Recorded Webinar | September 2015 | Philip Astles | The Conference Board of Canada

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