August 30, 2007

WRHA Innovative Practice Highlighted by Conference Board of Canada

WRHA Initiative Results in Half a Million in Savings

The Conference Board of Canada, in its latest report, singled out the WRHA's management of Personal Care Home drug expenditures as an example of an innovative management model that resulted in better use of taxpayers' health care dollars.

"We are very pleased that the Conference Board of Canada chose to acknowledge the success of that initiative," Real Cloutier, WRHA Vice President of Long Term Care said. "We are always looking for ways to better leverage how we spend precious health care dollars and this has been one of the more successful ones."

Cloutier noted the initiative was also recognized as a Leading Practice by the Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation during the region's 2006 accreditation process.

"The Health Authority introduced an innovative and evidence-based management model that aims to ensure the appropriate use of drugs in personal care and to reduce overall expenditures in the area," said Gabriela Prada, Associate Director, Health, Science and Technology, The Conference Board of Canada. "The Authority's facilities improved their performance by scoring below the provincial average on three indicators."

The Conference Board report notes that as a result of changes to management practices - including reviewing the appropriateness of some drugs, establishing regional contract pricing for high-volume drugs and the automation of drug dispensing - the region will spend more than half a million dollars less in 2007 than it did in 2004.

"That enables us to reinvest those monies into better resident care through the purchase of new equipment and other technologies," Cloutier said.

The Conference Board of Canada report, Exploring Technological Innovation in Health Systems, is available free of charge at

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