Next #hcsmca chat
Wednesday November 25, 2015 at 9pm ET (10pm AT, 8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT)
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By Shelagh Maloney (@12Maloney)
If you’re looking for Canadians, apparently you have to look online: According to Statistics Canada, 83 per cent of households had access to the internet in 2012 and Ipsos Reid reports that nearly half of us have actively looked for health information online.
When it comes to health care, Canadians want to take advantage of online tools in the same way they can with other online services. Eighty per cent of Canadians would like to access their own health information and services such as online lab results, e-booking, and e-requests for prescription renewals. And those who have access report a positive experience. For example, 77 per cent of patients using personal health records in Nova Scotia felt more involved in their care.
As discussed during our HCSMCA tweet chat in June, during Digital Health Week (November 16-22), we’d like to engage with Canadians to hear how technology is supporting them to become more active participants in their care.
We hope you can join us on Wednesday, November 18, at 1 p.m. ET during the #hcsmca tweet chat on patients, providers and the future of health care. Please follow the #hcsmca hashtag and add it to your tweets as we discuss the following questions:
- What role do patients play, or should they play, in their health care?
- How is digital health changing the patient-provider relationship?
- What needs to change in Canadian health care so patients can act as more equal partners?
You can also continue the discussion on digital health by joining our webinar on this topic — Patients, Providers and the Future of Health Care — on Thursday, November 19 at 1 p.m. ET (time zone converter), as well as the eHITS Public Forum: Get connected to better your health live streamed event and virtual chat on November 19 at 3 p.m. ET. Please visit our Digital Health Week page for more events celebrating digital health.
About Shelagh Maloney
Ms. Maloney leads the development and execution of Infoway’s communications and marketing efforts including media relations, public opinion research, digital media, events planning, and translation services.
By Trish Paton (@trishpaton)
Communities like #hcsmca have flourished in the virtual realm, allowing connection without quotas or judgements. When your room has no walls and unlimited seating, it’s amazing who comes to the table and what can be accomplished.
Weekly #hcsmca Twitter chats, tackling an incredible range of problems, have welcomed everyone around the virtual table: health care providers, patients, policy and decision makers, caregivers, researchers, students, data geeks, design thinkers and more.
On Feb 24, 2016 in Vancouver, #hcsmca will host its first National Symposium. Our goal, as we plan our first-ever national face-to-face meeting, is to make sure our virtual mix is represented “IRL” (in real life). That’s why we’re offering scholarships for patients, caregivers, and students to help with travel and accommodation costs.
If you use communications technology, are part of online communities, and are engaged with patient, caregiver or student communities in health, you’re invited to apply. Deadline is December 11, 2015.
Submit your application today!
The Planning Committee has been asking, listening and talking about discussion themes, programming, speakers, activities, scholarships and sponsors. It’s exciting, thought-provoking and energizing to witness ideas shift to reality. Take a look at the exciting program outline with amazing speakers and the powerhouse breakout sessions to harness our collective knowledge.
We’ve designed a day to explore how digital communications impact quality of care, support patient-provider co-design, contribute to research and knowledge translation, and lead to interdisciplinary decision-making. This is a problem-solving day where a room of 150 people spanning the healthcare spectrum will gather to ask questions, listen to all perspectives, value speakers and experiences as real and meaningful and finally to talk about solutions.
Join us. Register here.
We’re still adding more sponsors. Your sponsorship will support the attendance and participation of patients, caregivers, and students. Read about sponsorship opportunities here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A big thanks to the sponsors who have already committed to supporting the event:
Premier Sponsors $6000
- Simon Fraser University, Health Sciences Faculty (@ ) and Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (@ )
Gold Sponsors $2000
- Canadian Patient Safety Institute (@ )
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (@ )
- Stericycle Canada
Bronze Sponsors $1000
By Simon Hagens, Director of Benefits Realization (@infoway)
A few months ago, Canada Health Infoway’s ImagineNation Data Impact Challenge put out a call to all authorized users of Canadian health data sets to determine if important health and health care questions, like duplication rates for tests and exams, or the impact of prompt discharge summaries on re-admission could be answered in a timely, privacy-sensitive manner. As a user of health system evidence, I know how hard it can be to find the information needed in a timely manner, so our goal was to test the feasibility of a new model for answering practice and policy questions quickly, and provide confidence by generating evidence from multiple sources.
During the two-month Challenge period, we were amazed with the level of participation and even more excited about the quality of the entries submitted in only 60 days. To say the least, they exceeded our expectations; in fact many of them put a spotlight on important issues affecting care for Canadians. All of these submissions are available here.
The Data Impact Challenge team is excited to share some of the insights from the Challenge during the tweet chat with #HCSMCA. We’ll talk about the process, key learnings and what we plan on doing with the insights gathered from the Challenge.
We hope you can join us to discuss these three topics on November 4 at 1 pm ET (time zone converter). To participate, please follow #HCSMCA and add the hashtag to all your tweets. During the one-hour tweet chat, we will discuss the following topics:
- T1: Could data sourced from @Infoway’s Data Impact challenge be used to inform future policy decisions?
- T2: How can the insights gained from this data challenge be shared/used?
- T3: What would you like to learn from future data challenges?
In addition to the tweet chat, we will be sharing the results from the submissions during our webinar series, where some of the participating teams will discuss their results. To learn more about the webinar series, visit our website.
About Simon Hagens
Simon is Director of Benefits Realization at Canada Health Infoway, focusing on the adoption of digital health solutions and ensuring the clinicians, patients and the health system see the value.