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Health Minister to meet with European health care leaders

Approaches for effective health service management are on the agenda for Health Minister Fred Horne’s seven-day mission to England, Ireland and Brussels, January 22 - 30.

Horne will meet with the Minister for Health in Ireland and that country’s Health Service Executive to learn more about their experience with different health system management models. He will be meeting with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom about approaches to ensure appropriate and evidence-based care. He will discuss how to achieve health system efficiencies with The King’s Fund, an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. He will also meet with the International Society for Quality in Health Care about education and accreditation programs to support quality improvement in health.

Horne also is a keynote speaker at the European Health Summit 2013 in Brussels, Belgium, on January 28. The summit, which will focus on primary health care reform, will provide additional opportunities for the exchange of information and discussion of best practices with health leaders from across Europe.

“I’m always looking at how we can improve the quality of health services and health outcomes. These agencies may have practices and protocols that apply to our own health system,” said Minister Horne. “I’m there to see and hear what the best European minds and systems have to offer. On behalf of Alberta I was honoured to accept the invitation to explain to European health leaders what we are doing in primary health care. This is a two-way conversation.”

Travel and accommodation expenses for Minister Horne are estimated at $12,000.

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Backgrounder: Itinerary for Minister Horne

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Bart Johnson
Press Secretary
Minister of Health
780-427-3665
780-446-9190 (cell)

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

Backgrounder

January 17, 2013

Itinerary for Minister Horne

January 22

Evening departure, Edmonton International Airport

January 23

Arrive London, United Kingdom
Meetings: The King’s Fund, (health system efficiency)
RAND Europe  (chronic disease management approaches)  

January24

Meeting: National Institute of Clinical Excellence, U.K. (development and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines).
Travel to Dublin, Ireland
Meeting: Dr. Brian Reilly, Minister of Health and Secretary General, Ireland on health system management
Meeting: Health Service Executive on management and reporting on health system performance

January 25

Meeting: Health Service Executive on transforming primary health care
Meeting: Health and Information Quality Agency on monitoring and ensuring quality.
Site visits: primary care organizations on integrating mental health/primary care

January 26

Meeting: key executives at University College, Dublin on strategies to achieve health system efficiencies
Meeting: International Society for Quality in Health Care on education and accreditation for quality.

January27

Travel to Brussels, Belgium

January 28

Dinner Address: European Health Summit 2013
Topic: Primary Health Care in Alberta

January 29

European Health Summit 2013 conference - European best practice: policy,  regulatory  and funding levers to promote team-based care

January 30

Depart Brussels Arrive Edmonton International Airport

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Bart Johnson
Press Secretary
Minister of Health
780-427-3665
780-446-9190 (cell)

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.