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Statement from Minister of Health on Health Quality Ontario’s Report On Diagnostic Imaging

August 9, 2016

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care issued the following statement in response to Health Quality Ontario’s report Peer Review: A Diagnostic Imaging Quality Initiative for Ontario:

“I have received the Peer Review: A Diagnostic Imaging Quality Initiative for Ontario report from Health Quality Ontario. The report follows a request that our government made to Health Quality Ontario to provide a comprehensive review and advice regarding the design and implementation of a provincewide physician peer review program for diagnostic imaging.

I would like to thank Health Quality Ontario for its report and thoughtful recommendations. These recommendations are closely aligned with the spirit and intent of our ongoing commitment to quality.

We are currently reviewing the recommendations to determine how best they can be positioned with other quality initiatives related to diagnostic imaging. Several related quality initiatives are currently underway across the ministry, which present potential areas of overlap and duplication with HQO’s recommendations. These include:

Peer review is the evaluation of scientific, academic or professional work by qualified individuals working in the same field, and is one component of the overall quality assurance strategy for diagnostic imaging. Peer review methods are used to maintain standards, improve performance and provide credibility. A number of hospitals have existing peer review programs. For example, Trillium Health Partners (THP) has launched its first peer review quality assurance initiative in diagnostic imaging, with 100 per cent participation of THP radiologists.

The quality of diagnostic imaging services and safety of patients who access these services are of critical importance for our government. We are committed to ensuring that these services meet rigorous and consistent standards in quality and accountability, and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that patients are receiving quality imaging services.”

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