Clients & Partners

Collaborative Initiatives

DSM is committed to improving all aspects of diagnostic service delivery and actively collaborates with partners on key initiatives where diagnostic services play a role in improving patient care. Below are programs and initiatives in which DSM has a voice:

Choosing Wisely

DSM has partnered with The Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) on a number of Choosing Wisely projects where there is an opportunity, specific to Manitoba, to improve the appropriate use of diagnostic testing in our province. Choosing Wisely Manitoba follows the principles and goals of Choosing Wisely Canada, a national campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures so they can make informed choices that ensure high-quality care. Choosing Wisely Manitoba’s priority initiatives include optimizing the use of Vitamin D testing and Preoperative diagnostic testing.

Choosing Wisely Manitoba: A Provincial Approach to the Appropriate Use of Diagnostic Testing

Choosing Wisely Manitoba News Release – January 13, 2016

Choosing Wisely Manitoba Project Update – November 2015

Click here to view the Choosing Wisely Manitoba Info Sheet

Click here to visit the Choosing Wisely website.

Click here to view Choosing Wisely Manitoba’s presentation to the Choosing Wisely Canada Early Adopters Collaboration Oct 2015

In Sixty: Cancer Patient Journey

Diagnostic testing is key to detecting cancer and an integral part of a patient’s care and treatment of cancer. As such, DSM is an important partner in the province’s In Sixty: Cancer Patient Journey (CPJ) initiative, which aims to initiate patient treatment within 60 days of suspicion of cancer. DSM has been making significant testing advances that have reduced result turnaround times to meet the 60-day goal. DSM is also committed to improving processes and quality and continues to work with our partners to look for innovative ways to advance testing options for Manitobans. DSM has a strong voice in the CPJ initiative with Chief Executive Officer, Jim Slater, the Executive Sponsor of the Cancer Diagnostic Working Group and member of the initiative’s Steering Committee. DSM also holds representation on other working groups that represent unique steps along the cancer patient journey. The initiative’s initial focus has been on improving the diagnostic journey for breast cancer and in collaboration with our partners, DSM has developed new processes and pathways to meet this goal. Similar work is underway to decrease and improve the diagnostic journey for colorectal and lung cancer.

Click here to visit the In Sixty website.

Best Blood Manitoba

Best Blood Manitoba is an initiative of the Manitoba Provincial Transfusion Practice Advisory Committee to provide accessible and current information on blood for patients and healthcare providers. DSM and our Transfusion Medicine team play an important role in this initiative, also working with medical and nursing staff, Blood Conservation Services and Canadian Blood Services to meet Best Blood Manitoba’s vision of a vein-to-vein transfusion practice service that supports rational and safe transfusion practices for all Manitobans.

The Best Blood Manitoba (BBM) website is a resource and reference on the subject of Transfusion Medicine.

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Physician Engagement

DSM has partnered with the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) to develop an effective way of engaging with physicians in Manitoba. A one-day Think Tank workshop was held, bringing together participants from the frontlines of primary care as well as from policy and administration. The resulting report of strategies and recommendations for building and implementing an effective engagement model is now available.

Summary Report of the January 2015 Think Tank


DSM also works in partnership with:

Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety

Click here to visit the MIPS website.

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