By Kathy Kastner (@kathykastner)
No need to dine alone the eve before the #hcsmca Symposium.
I’ve had such fun at conferences when a pre-conference dine-around was arranged. So, I’m going with the Nike slogan “Just do it” and am coordinating one for the #hcsmca National Symposium.
How it works
Sign your name to the restaurant of your choice in this Google doc. The sign-up sheet also includes and addresses of each restaurant. They are all within walking distance of the conference hotel The Hyatt Regency 655 Burrard St, Vancouver.
Meet in hotel lobby at 5:45pm on Tuesday, February 23. (Eat time is 6pm to accommodate the Eastern time zone-ers.) We’ll head to our respective meet ‘n eats for a get-to-know you IRL (in real life).
Here’s the list of restaurants to choose from. No special menu just special people. In case it’s not obvious, you pay your own way.
Reservations are under my name – Kathy Kastner.
- Cactus Club – top notch turf n surf (note 18% gratuity added to groups of 8+)
- Grain Tasting – lounge in hotel for drinks and appies ‘Dedicated to local growers’
- Royal Dinette – ‘farm to table’ The only location with a specific menu for groups of 8+ Example of a menu is in the Google Doc.
- Mosaic Grill – the hotel restaurant
- Sala Thai
- Italian Kitchen
- Copper Chimney – Indian
- Kamei – Japanese/Sushi
- Victoria Chinese
Sign-up here to join us. See you Tuesday!
Developed with Pam Ressler (@)
- Give a brief outline with the purpose and timeline of the session.
- State ground rules, establishing your role as facilitator and that you may need to redirect the conversation to keep the session on target.
- Frame the topic both verbally and visually in design mode thinking: “How might we…?”
- Don’t try to be both facilitator and scribe. Elect a note taker.
- Gently but firmly acknowledge the opinion of people who tend to dominate and then ask others to weigh in.
- Directly invite quieter members of the group to share their thoughts. Ask an open-ended question.
- Leave enough time for wrap up.
- Invite the group to identify key takeaways.
- Summarize the group learning and identify key themes, ideas, action items.
- Have fun!
Also see this #hcsmca Symposium – Facilitator Quick Reference (PDF), adapted from unconference wisdom shared with me by Marlies van Dijk, RN, MSc. Thank you Marlies.
Read more about #hcsmca’s Symposium
- How to Unconference #hcsmca Style
- How to Prepare for the Unconference Part of the #hcsmca Symposium
- The #hcsmca Symposium Program
Additional resources for Facilitators:
By Pat Rich (@)
“Let’s make sure something tangible comes out of this.”
This has been the mantra for the organizers of the upcoming #hcsmca Symposium since the very start of the planning process.
Throughout its long and illustrious (for social media) history, the #hcsmca community has always been a cosmopolitan and welcoming place for anyone interested in health care issues and social media to participate and exchange ideas, learn and debate. Through the weekly tweetchats (252) and occasional meetups (9) a huge number of topics, both topical and more philosophical have been brought into the light and talked about to the benefit of all.
But there has always been an underlying sense – voiced most recently during the strategic renewal process of #hcsmca – that more could and should be done to ensure all of this community-building leads to initiatives that make a difference in how people provide and experience health care in Canada.
So when work began on planning next week’s #hcsmca Symposium in Vancouver one of the core concepts was that the symposium should not just be a IRL version of a well-attended tweetchat but also a fulcrum for using the crowd-sourced power of the #hcsmca community to produce lasting legacies.
This is why you have seen much effort over the last several weeks to generate ideas that will be discussed in an unconference format during the symposium and produce tangible products, tactics and messaging that will actually be used when the meeting is over.
In the true #hcsmca community spirit, the scope of the general concepts to be discussed was set in an earlier tweetchat which is why you see digital health and patient/provider engagement being represented so prominently in the challenges that will be tackled at the meeting.
And while for logistical reasons those who are bringing the challenges forward must be present at the symposium, we are ensuring the #hcsmca community as a whole has an opportunity to weigh in on them first (Vote for your favorite #hcsmca Symposium Challenges).
#Hcsmca will be transformed following the Vancouver symposium as volunteer Founder Colleen Young moves on to delegate the majority of her time to other activities.
To quote one of my favourite singers when it comes to this particular phase of the history of #hcsmca –
And I want to know
The same thing
Everyone wants to know
How’s it going to end? ~Tom Waits
As organizers of the meeting, we can assure this particular symposium will end, not just with the sense of a day well spent with colleagues and new friends, but with a determined approach to provide real solutions to real problems.
Q’s regarding upcoming symposium in Vancouver
- T1. What do you need to know about an unconference format in order to actively participate either in person or remotely?
- T2. If you can’t be at the Symposium, how would you like to virtually interact with those in Vancouver before, during and after?
- T3. Do you agree that conferences MUST have a definable outcome to be deemed a success?
Q’s about the future of #hcsmca and our community
- T4. Do all online communities naturally come to an end? Should they?
- T5. Without a weekly chat, how can the #hcsmca community across Canada stay connected?
- T6. Is there a group in Canada emerging as the obvious home of health care and social media learning (e.g. Mayo Clinic in US)
Have you registered for the symposium? Only a few seats left.
By Dr. Darren Larsen (@larsendarren)
We have come a long way in Canada in getting physicians to adopt digital records systems in the form of office-based electronic medical records (EMRs). In Ontario alone, over 11,600 physicians (both family doctors and specialists) have EMRs in their practices and are using them with varying levels of sophistication. For many of us physicians, the EMR is our lifeline to our patients. It is the environment in which we spend almost all of our day, recording the patient story, reading and thinking about test results and communicating with our peers externally through the creation of referrals, and internally with messaging systems.
Some clinics are starting to push the boundaries of basic use, though, and this is where the power of digital records systems becomes apparent. This is not easy work. The thinking required to move to mature EMR use takes reflection and solid dedicated effort on behalf of physicians, nurses and the staff they employ and is often done off the side of the desk. Advancing to the mature use of EMR presents change management challenges, changing the way we work. How do we convince medical personnel of the benefit of moving forward? How do we make the work palatable in the face of all the other demands facing them every day from the clinical, business and system perspective? How do we do all of this in an already strained system with fewer and fewer payments for participation?
There is a tendency to look to our American neighbours in their advancement of EMR maturity, but models there have been built on massive incentive payments without necessarily a view to how the change can be sustained.
On February 10 at 1pm ET (time zone converter), @OntarioEMRs is hosting the #hcsmca tweetchat to explore barriers and opportunities in the advancement EMR as it applies to both primary care and specialist care. We are posing four big questions to advance the conversation and gather great ideas with the #hcsmca community to help promote change.
- T1: How do you use EMRs now? What do you value in them? As a health professional, patient, researcher, etc.
- T2: What would the EMR of 2030 look like? Where do we need to get to?
- T3: What could/should be done w/ the vast data in EMR systems to improve patient care, relationships & the healthcare system?
- T4: How to move forward/promote the advanced adoption and use of mature EMR systems?