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The calendar year is coming to a close, and COA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer COA Dispatch subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Tuesday January 6, 2015.

L'année 2014 tire à sa fin, et l'ACO saisit cette opportunité pour souhaiter à ses membres, partenaires et autres professionnels de l'industrie, de joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année.

En jetant un regard rétrospectif sur l'année écoulée, nous souhaitons offrir aux abonnés de 'Dépêche de l'ACO' l'opportunité de passer en revue nos articles phares en 2014. En d'autres termes, au cours des deux prochaines semaines, nous allons vous proposer les 20 meilleurs articles de l'année !

La publication de votre bulletin d'informations reprendra normalement le mardi 6 janvier 2015.





20. Radical surgery creates knee joint using a foot
The Telegraph
From Nov. 4, 2014: A woman has undergone ground breaking surgery after being told she had bone cancer. Jordon Moody, 22, now has a new knee joint created from her left foot, which has been twisted so her toes are pointing backwards and her heel is at the front. She underwent the rotationplasty after surgeons amputated her left thigh above the knee and then reattached the bottom part of her leg to the limb.
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19. Sudbury man walking tall after leg repairment treatment
The Sudbury Star
From May 13, 2014: If Jordan Morrison needed a test of his rebuilt leg, he could probably have found a gentler one than the tactical exercises he's being put through now. "We've been doing ground takedowns," the 20-year-old Naughton native said from Peterborough, where he's enrolled in a course to become a park warden. "It's self-defense and use-of-force training, so I'm getting tossed around and beat up."
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18. 'Black box' technology makes its way into the operating room
CTV News
From July 14, 2014: The technology that's long been used to investigate plane or train accidents is now being used in a Toronto operating room to help doctors identify their errors and prevent similar slip-ups in the future. Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital, has been using a 'black box' to record his surgeries since late April. "The interesting thing is when we operate, when we're in the action, we don't appreciate when we make an error," he told CTV's Canada AM.
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17. Alberta wait times 2013: Healthcare wait times going the wrong direction
Huffington Post
From Jan. 21, 2014: Instead of moving closer toward their goal, Alberta Health Services is actually moving farther away from meeting its wait time targets, new numbers show. Research conducted by the Alberta Liberals shows that wait times in six critical categories have actually gotten longer. The figures come months after the province was scheduled to release quarterly updates on the state of health wait times in the province.
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16. Fraser Institute report suggests hospital wait times cost Canadians over $1 billion
Yahoo! News
From April 1, 2014: Wait times in this country are a problem. Just how big of a problem is highlighted in a new Fraser Institute report. The pro-free market think-tank's annual study, titled The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, claims that hospital wait times cost the Canadian economy $1.1 billion in lost workplace productivity in 2013 — an average of about $1,202 for each of the estimated 928,120 Canadians waiting for treatment in 2013.
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15. Les médecins ne sont pas trop payés
La Presse
From March 4, 2014: À l'aube d'une campagne électorale et à la suite du dépôt du budget provincial, le contrôle des dépenses en santé est revenu à l'ordre du jour. Le salaire des médecins occupe depuis quelques jours une part significative de l'espace médiatique et plusieurs ont fait un rapport de cause à effet entre cette rémunération et les problèmes d'accessibilité.
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14. McMaster study: New hospital funding model 'a shot in the dark'
CBC News
From Nov. 4, 2014: A new funding model coming to Ontario hospitals is a "wild card" that could create serious unintended consequences, say McMaster University researchers involved in a sweeping new study. The study focuses on a hospital funding approach gaining popularity, and that the Ministry of Health wants to implement here. It would institute new incentives for hospitals to decrease wait times and increase efficiency.
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13. New smartphone app could reduce wait times for patients
Global News
From March 25, 2014: A Halifax doctor is working on a new app to reduce waiting times for hip and knee replacement patients. Dr. Michael Dunbar is an orthopaedic surgeon who is dissatisfied with the province's long waiting times. "We see a lot of patients waiting a long time to see us and a lot of patients, when they get here, are often told they didn't need to see us," he said.
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12. Report card on wait times gets a failing grade
Troy Media
From July 1, 2014: Canadian might have been inclined to take a sedative for an anxiety attack after reading about the Wait Time's Alliance 2014 report card on waits for medical care in Canada. The WTA gives Canada a failing grade on the structural changes it says are needed to have timely access to care seen in other countries.
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11. Hip replacement surgery: Patients are pain-free and loving life
Ottawa Citizen
From Nov. 18, 2014: Doctors and patients agree it's a miracle. After months or perhaps years of pain and immobility, the intense ache vanishes and in a few days or weeks, you're up and around and pretty soon life is back to normal. Hip-replacement surgery is No. 2 in patient satisfaction and lifestyle improvements, behind cataract removal, says surgeon Dr. Paul Beaulé, head of adult reconstruction at the Ottawa Hospital and a professor of surgery at the University of Ottawa.
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