Network Seminar - February 23, 2011

Dr. Sahba Eftekhary is a Manager (A) in the Strategic Alignment Branch in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She has an extensive background in health care administration, research and management, through various projects with international agencies such as the UN and WHO. In addition to being a physician by background, which gives her great insight into the challenges and functions of the health care system, Sahba also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH), as well as a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of British Columbia. She is also a PhD Candidate in Health Administration, with a focus on Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation, at the University of Toronto. She is currently responsible for developing performance measures and scorecards for ministry and different portfolios. 

Siamak Tenzif is an epidemiologist with a diverse background in research, performance measurement and policy development. A graduate of University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo, Siamak is currently working as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Network Seminar - February 23, 2011


The 2010 Health Care System Scorecard (HCSS) is a set of 38 measures that characterizes performance across the health care system. The first iteration of an Ontario Health System Scorecard was developed in 2005 to measure and guide Ontario's strategic health system improvement initiatives, with a goal of improving data collection and performance measurement across the health system. In 2009, a rigorous process was undertaken by the MOHLTC's Strategic Alignment Branch to develop the next generation of the HCSS with a sharper focus on alignment and accountability. The current scorecard presents performance measures/results within a framework that is consistent with government priorities and ministry strategic directions. The Scorecard serves two principal goals: 1. To align performance at various levels of the system with ministry strategic priorities; 2. To support stronger accountability both throughout the multiple levels of the system and also to central agencies. Accordingly, eleven out of thirteen indicators in current accountability agreements have been derived from the Health Care System Scorecard. Further, most of the indicators reported to Ministry of Finance as the MOHLTC's Key Performance Measures are from the Scorecard. 

This discussion will highlight the development process including the selection of indicators. Indicator results will also be reviewed. Following this will be an opportunity for questions and a review regarding the usefulness of these indicators for monitoring and identifying performance gaps in Ontario's health system, with an emphasis on accountability. Further, important gaps in performance measurement will also be covered. Please join us for this lively and timely discussion.

Please click here to view the Health Care System Scorecard Seminar PowerPoint