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EditorCongratulations to our newest ISO 15189 Plus™accredited facility

We are pleased to announce that the medical laboratory of Union Hospital has achieved ISO 15189 Plus™  accreditation (selected disciplines). In choosing this option, the facility sends a clear signal of commitment to quality for staff, patients, and other healthcare providers.

2 days ago

EditorPT Take-Away: Drug Monitoring survey for ethanol and tobramycin testing

Ethanol and tobramycin were not included in the new CHEM survey starting in 2020. The Drug Monitoring Proficiency Testing program has been modified to meet the needs of participants by creating a new survey comprised of ethanol and tobramycin only (survey code: DRUG).

2 weeks ago

EditorResults from IQMH Bacteriology Patterns-of-Practice survey presented at the ASM Microbe 2019

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2019 was held in San Francisco on June 20–24 and IQMH was there! Dr. Susan Poutanen (former Bacteriology Scientific Committee chair) and Elaine Kerr, Consultant Technologist, Centre for Proficiency Testing attended. Dr. Poutanen gave two oral presentations and Elaine Kerr presented the posters based on an analysis of the data obtained from IQMH Bacteriology program’s patterns-of-practice surveys:

  • "How Modern is your Microbiology Laboratory? Results of the 2017 Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) Patterns-of-Practice Survey” 

  • “Patterns-of-Practice Survey Demonstrates the Need for National Guidelines Regarding the Implementation of Microbiology Point-of-Care Tests Across Canada.” 

3 weeks ago

EditorDon’t miss out on an extraordinary experience November 7–8, 2019! IQMH Fall Forum: Innovations in Cancer Diagnostics

IQMH Fall Forum 2019

A gathering of diagnostic medicine leaders and professionals who want to elevate themselves, learn, share, network and get excited about diagnostic medicine; an IQMH Forum is never a typical conference. Why? Each event is underpinned with a specific theme and intention to ensure the programme will drive meaningful change and infuse a new outlook on quality. Our aim is to energetically inspire the diagnostic medicine community to overcome barriers and embrace the future.

4 weeks ago

EditorView the new Anatomic Pathology and Hematology e-Learn LAB modules!

View the new Anatomic Pathology and Hematology e-Learn LAB modules!

1 month ago

Editor <i>The Objective Lens:</i> Episode 27: Over the Rainbow: Gender Diversity and Health Care

The official podcast of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) The Objective Lens speaks with professionals who can best provide professionals with insight and tools to navigate challenges unique to the medical laboratory.

1 month ago

EditorPT Take-away: Learn the new process for ordering your Serum Chemistry (CHEM) survey

The release of the 2020 Proficiency Testing Programs included changes to the Chemistry survey. The new Serum Chemistry (CHEM) survey consists of analytes that were previously in the Routine Chemistry (CHEM), Drug Monitoring (DRUG), Enzymes and Bilirubin (ENZY), and Lipids (LIPS) surveys, except ethanol and tobramycin which have been removed from the program. The following new analytes have also been added: cholinesterase, CK-MB, fructosamine.
Participants can now customize their surveys according to their laboratory’s test menus (serum chemistry only). Choose from a large variety of analytes and pick from several price categories that suit your laboratory’s needs. 

1 month ago

EditorIQMH releases its 2020 Proficiency Testing Catalogue

The IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing is pleased to announce the availability of its Proficiency Testing Programs in the 2020 Catalogue.

These Proficiency Testing Programs are accredited by The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Conformity assessment — General requirements for proficiency testing (Certificate Number: 3059.01). View the Certificate and Scope of Accreditation.

1 month ago

EditorCanadian Diagnostic Executive Forum – Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 2019

Lab leaders and senior diagnostic executives must attend the Canadian Diagnostic Executive Forum if you are specifically looking for experiences, ideas, and solutions to take back and apply in your hospitals and laboratories. 

1 month ago

Editor commented on IQMH wishes a happy retirement to a valuable member of the IQMH team

Thank you Linda! We will pass your good wishes on to Astrid.

1 month ago

EditorCourse Offers in September at the IQMH Office

 IQMH will be offering two in-class courses in September:

  • Cause Analysis with Clarity

  • Protection from Risk - Practical Solutions

1 month ago

EditorNew! View the Anatomic Pathology e-Learn LAB Modules

View the new
Anatomic Pathology and Hematology e-Learn LAB modules!

1 month ago

EditorIQMH wishes a happy retirement to a valuable member of the IQMH team

On July 31, 2019, IQMH bid a fond farewell to Astrid Petersons a valued member of the IQMH team with more than 17 years dedicated to continuous quality improvement. Astrid joined IQMH in February 2002 fulfilling a need for a manager of the Transfusion Medicine proficiency testing PTT)/external quality assessment (EQA) program.

1 month ago

EditorHave You Attended an IQMH Forum?

Don’t miss out on an extraordinary experience

1 month ago

EditorIQMH Announces Fall Forum 2019

Aimed at laboratory professionals in various disciplines, this two-day forum will explore topics specific to the laboratory diagnosis and laboratory involvement in the management of cancer. 
The intention for this event is to advance understanding of innovations in cancer diagnosis and care.

1 month ago

EditorAs glucose meter usage expands, so must laboratory oversight

By Julie Shaw, Lauri Infanti, and Paul Yip


The Centre for Proficiency Testing Point-of-Care proficiency testing program includes two surveys which ship in May and October for testing and reporting on 15 glucose meters. The last two May surveys have included questions designed to gain insight into patterns of practice related to quality assurance for POC glucose testing.

1 month ago

EditorIQMH is pleased to announce the availability of a new white paper: Care Considerations for Inclusion of Gender Identity within Medical Laboratory Services (Version 2.0)

This white paper is the work of the following individuals:

  • Tony Chetty, MD, FRCPC, MSc

  • Marni Panas, BHAdmn, CCIP

  • Ruby Shanker, MBBS, MHSc (Bioethics) 

  • Tracy Stockley, PhD, FCCMG, FACMG

  • Kika Veljkovic, PhD FCACB

  • Miranda Wozniak, MD FRCPC

  • Julie Coffey, ART, MLT, SMQOE

  • Terri Molloy, MLT

  • Janice Nolan, MLT

2 months ago

EditorServer Shutdown - QView™ and will not be available

 Due to planned maintenance, and websites will not be available from 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 5 until 12:00 p.m. (ET) Sunday, July 7.  Please make appropriate work-related arrangements in order to accommodate the server shutdown. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

2 months ago

EditorIQMH offices will be closed July 1 for Canada Day

Monday, July 1 the offices of IQMH will be closed for Canada Day. This is an opportunity to gather in our communities, and to proudly celebrate all we have in common. Get out there, enjoy the action and share your experiences using the #CanadaDay hashtag!

Find Canada Day activities here:

2 months ago

EditorBecome an assessor for the IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing Pathology program

Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare, Centre for Proficiency Testing is seeking pathologists and medical laboratory technologists skilled in the assessment of histological and immunohistochemical stains to serve as assessors for the Pathology Proficiency Testing Program.

3 months ago


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