It is impossible today not to recognize that our healthcare challenges are also those of the world. When one nation supports another in its quest to build local healthcare capacity, it brings home a new appreciation for different cultures, healthcare practices and resource utilization. The articles in this section examine the many ways that globalization is raising the bar on health system performance for those who are successful in establishing collaborative relationships.
Challenges and opportunities in global healthcare research
Brian Ward, Deputy Director of the MUHC Research Institute, emphasizes the need to create relationships of trust to sustain a healthy and mutually beneficial global health research environment.
Connecting the best minds with the best tools across traditional boundaries to improve health care
Information and communications technology has revolutionized the types of partnership possible in research and care. Richard E. Scott Director of the Office of Global e-Health Strategy at the University of Calgary, advises on making wise investments and eliminating barriers to making full use of new technologies.
The internationalization of academic health systems: Opportunities for partnership in Qatar
The wealthy countries of the Gulf Region are working to improve the health care they can deliver to their populations. Edward Hillhouse Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, describes how his adoptive country is working with partners from around the world to achieve this goal.
The University Health Network’s partnership with the Kuwait Cancer Control Centre
Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN) is now in its second year of a major partnership in cancer care with Kuwait. Fatima Sheriff, Director of UHN’s International Health Program describes what this type of project entails, both at home and abroad.
Bringing home benefits: The cutting edge of cardiovascular disease
Renzo Cecere, Surgical Director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program at the MUHC, describes how international work benefits patient care at home.
Bringing home the benefits: Quality improvement at the bedside
Patricia O’Connor, Director of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, MUHC, describes how international work benefits patient care at home.
Bringing home the benefits: Effective trauma systems
Tarek Razek, Director, Adult Trauma Program at the MUHC,describes how international work benefits patient care at home.
Globalization, innovation and institutional capacity
Jean-Louis Denis, Canada Research Chair on Governance and Transformation in Health Care Organizations and Systems, presents a vision to guide global collaborations and outlines the challenges for academic health centres.
Expanding global activities in healthcare delivery: Opportunities, risks and policy challenges
In 2012, the MUHC-ISAI’s exploration of globalization began with a roundtable discussion chaired by Mr. Bernard Lord and Dr. Michael Churchill-Smith. The event brought together healthcare providers from Montreal, Toronto and the US, all involved in international projects, as well as Québec government officials responsible for global activities in health care.
A strategic approach to globalization for Québec
Mr. Bernard Lord, Special Advisor, MUHC-ISAI, brought together four distinguished experts at the 2012 conference of the MUHC-ISAI to explore what actions need to be taken to enable healthcare institutions in Québec to strategically expand their international activities and partnerships. Panelists were Dr. Fabrice Brunet, Director General of the CHU Sainte-Justine; Ms. Lise Denis, Director General of the AQESSS; Ms. Maria Mastracchio-Lafontaine, Co-chair of the MUHC Users’ Committee; and Dr. Wendy Thomson, Director of the School of Social Work, McGill University and Chair of the Expert panel on activity-based funding.