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Hosted at St. Michael’s Hospital, this session discussed how measurement and reporting are being used to support quality improvement initiatives in New South Wales and lessons learned in the Ontario context

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Dr. Jean-Frederic Levesque, Chief Executive, Bureau of Health Information

Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque joined the Bureau of Health Information in March 2013 as Chief Executive. Prior to his arrival in Australia, Dr Levesque held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system. He was previously Scientific Director, Analyses and Evaluation of Health Systems at the National Institute of Public Health and the inaugural Deputy Commissioner, Performance Appraisal and Analysis, at the Health and Welfare Commission in Quebec. He is currently a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information.

Dr Levesque’s research focuses on healthcare performance, particularly in terms of how different models of care impact on patient outcomes and experiences of care, and on the analysis of healthcare reform. In 2011-12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne. Dr Levesque is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the University of Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Robert Howard, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Robert (Bob) Howard is a well-respected cardiologist and known in the health care world for his leadership in quality improvement. He has made it the cornerstone of the St. Michael’s Hospital’s strategic plan, and his work in this area is setting the benchmark among the Toronto Central LHIN and across Ontario.

Under Dr. Howard’s leadership, St. Michael’s officially opened two linked buildings—the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre—that together form the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. This innovative facility brings the worlds of health sciences research and education together to advance patient care. The hospital has also received approval from the government to build a 17-storey patient care tower, with expected completion by 2018. This will culminate in the major revitalization of the hospital’s academic and patient care facilities.

Prior to his appointment as president and CEO, Dr. Howard was the chief medical officer and executive vice-president of programs and education at St. Michael’s. Under his leadership, the hospital saw unprecedented growth in the education and academic partnerships portfolio. Dr. Howard has an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, a medical degree from McMaster University and an executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and is a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.

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