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Unleashing the #hcsmca crowd: What can crowdsourcing do for health care?

October 15, 2012

This week Saint Elizabeth Health Care is hosting an event and they’d like  to involve the #hcsmca community to take part both during the event and to extend the conversation post event. I’ve invited Christine Stewart to explain.

By Christine Stewart (@StElizabethSEHC and @CareToKnowORG)

The power of engagement is the ability of an individual to have a say, make an impact, and to contribute in ways that were never before possible.

As guest moderator of this week’s #hcsmca chat (October 17, 2012), I’m excited that the chat will follow an exciting event happening the day before. Saint Elizabeth Health Care is hosting Crowdsourcing for Health Innovation on October 16th in Toronto. This event will explore how to engage more Canadians in health care through crowdsourcing, or crowd-accelerated innovation.

The big question after this event is: Now what? How can we turn the learnings from one afternoon into something meaningful? We want to find out together.

October 16th Event: Crowdsourcing for Health Innovation

First, a bit of background on what our event is about. Saint Elizabeth is hosting this “outside-in” event as part of our desire to look beyond ourselves and learn from other industries, experts, and talented amateurs. True breakthroughs in health care will come from an authentic willingness to invest in them – to engage, listen to and share knowledge with the very people our health system serves.

The inspiration for this event came from Chris Anderson’s TED Talk on how the rise of web video is powering global innovation.

The presentations will look at how crowdsourcing has been used to build groundswells of participation in philanthropy, business and politics, and how these methods could be used in health care.

Crowdsourcing for Health Innovation features two globally recognized crowdsourcing experts:

Rahaf Harfoush is a Digital Innovation & Foresight Strategist. Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Her first book, Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand, was published in 2008. Rahaf was the research coordinator for the best-selling Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (Tapscott 2006), and contributor to Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (Tapscott 2008).

Jeff Howe is the author of (and originator of the term) Crowdsourcing, a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine. In June 2006 he published “The Rise of Crowdsourcing” in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House.

A few examples that demonstrate the immense power of crowdsourcing:

#HCSMCA Chat: Crowdsourcing with the #hcsmca community

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1PM ET, we’re excited for the opportunity to explore with the #hcsmca community how this information can be used successfully to engage people (staff, the public, patients) to crowdsource for health innovation.
Some fellow #hcsmca community members will be attending the event the day before and can share some key takeaways.
We will explore these topics, devoting the majority of time to T2 and problem-solving how we can map out implementation steps for engaging people:

  • Topic 1: What is crowdsourcing and how can it be used in health care?
  • Topic 2: After crowdsourcing initial steps, how do you maintain engagement and keep participants involved as the project evolves/progresses?

Here is the transcript of chat 100 on Oct 15, 2012.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Editor permalink
    October 15, 2012 10:15 am

    Reblogged this on Health Care Social Media Monitor.


  2. October 17, 2012 12:00 pm

    And what a crowd-sourcing event it was. Energy-central. Congrats Saint Eliz and always forward thinking Shirlee Sharkey. Here’s my take-away – including selected tweets.



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