CFHI Welcomes Health Initiatives in Throne Speech

Ottawa, Canada – October 17, 2013 – The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) applauds the health initiatives mentioned in yesterday’s Speech from the Throne including the funding for more research into dementia, support for seniors and their caregivers, improving quality of life in the North and encouraging Canada’s youth to be more active.

“The health of seniors and children is of great concern to many Canadians, so we’re pleased that the federal government has made it a priority,” said CFHI President Maureen O’Neil.  “CFHI works with provinces, territories and other health partners to deliver better healthcare more efficiently and we look forward to working with Minister Ambrose as she implements the programs that were announced yesterday.”

CFHI has a number of projects and initiatives already in place that align with many of the federal government’s health objectives:

  • An improvement project in Winnipeg implemented through CFHI’s EXTRA program saw a 27% reduction in the number of dementia patients being prescribed anti-psychotic medications. This saved valuable health dollars, and improved health outcomes and the patient/family experience;
  • CFHI is engaging patients in redesigning healthcare with great results. One improvement project with the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal  generated a 60% reduction in medication transcription errors, improving outcomes for patients and saving health dollars;
  • CFHI’s Atlantic Collaboration with health authorities across the region has a strong focus on the management and prevention of chronic diseases, including diabetes. Encouraging young Canadians to be more physically active is an important way to prevent diabetes; and
  • Health leaders from Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Labrador are attending a CFHI workshop in November to examine ways to improve mental health and prevent suicides in the North.

“CFHI has a proven track record of helping implement innovations that make a difference on-the-ground,” concluded O’Neil.  “For a small federal investment of $10 million a year, CFHI identifies over $1 billion in potential savings.  That not only frees up money for pressing concerns like seniors and children, it also can lead to better health outcomes for all Canadians.”

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to healthcare improvement and transformation for Canadians. CFHI collaborates with governments, policy-makers, and health system leaders to convert evidence and innovative practices into actionable policies, programs, tools and leadership development. CFHI is funded through an agreement with the Government of Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Graeme Wilkes
Senior Director, Communications and Government Relations
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
W: 613-728-2238 ext. 293
C:  613-698-7538
E: graeme.wilkes@cfhi-fcass.ca