Event announcement: SPOR PIHCI Health Integration Summit – May 9 & 10, 2019 Saskatoon SK

This upcoming May 9th and 10th, the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCI) Health Integration Summit will be held in Saskatoon, SK. The host of this event is the Saskatchewan branch of the national Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Initiative (PIHCI) Network, and this is the first conference of this kind in Canada.
The SPOR PIHCI Health Integration Summit will include panel discussions, keynote speakers, breakout groups and abundant chances to share ideas with like-minded people from across Canada.

Learn about the status of health system integration in primary health care across the country, the successes so far and the challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years. With health integration underway or planned in seven provinces already, this event will be of interest to health system leaders, patient advocates, academic researchers, primary health care providers and health policy analysts.

The SPOR PIHCI Health System Integration Summit aims to:

-Build a common understanding of integrated primary health care delivery models used in Canada;

-Explore issues in primary health care delivery, including successes and challenges; and

-Strengthen the community of patient and professional health care leaders, researchers and policy analysts in the area of integrated primary care.

Creating patient-centred systems has challenges and participants will hear speakers address such questions as:

  • How can patients/communities be supported and enabled to engage meaningfully in co-designing, implementing and evaluating integrated health care systems?
  • How do we ensure all health care providers – including primary care physicians – are full partners in integrated care?
  • How are population health as well as non-medical providers in sectors such as social services, transportation, education, housing, etc. incorporated into a robust integrated care system?
  • How do we address the needs of Indigenous people inside an integrated health system? What are our obligations under Truth and Reconciliation?
  • How can technology and information management be used to overcome issues such as remoteness, language and culture?
  • How do we make the bridge to academia, ensuring that decisions are based on the best evidence available?
  • What policy development is necessary to ensure sustainable health integration that put the priority on patients?

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