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Trends Update — Social Media: Upopolis Keeps SickKids’ Patients Connected

One of the fantastic uses for social media in healthcare (a trend we will be following this coming year) is to connect communities of patients to each other and to their friends and families when those connections would be difficult to make or maintain IRL (in real life). 

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto started up an initiative to do just that, with the added twist that it’s built entirely for young patients.  It offers  personal profiles, personal blogs, instant chat and child-friendly games, and as spokesperson/nephrotic syndrome patient Zachary Starkman says:

“When I’m here for long periods and I’m not able to get to Marnie’s Lounge (the patient recreation room at SickKids) and chat with my friends, I feel isolated, lonely… This will really help me feel connected with everyone.”

The SickKids network is called/run by Upopolis.  It was founded by Christina Papaevangelou, who watched the struggles of her friend Katy McDonald when she was treated for cancer in 2002.  The network was developed by Kids’ Health Links Foundation, in partnership with TELUS and McMaster Children’s Hospital and runs as a SaaS solution hosted by TELUS.

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Trends Update — Electronic Medical Records: Telus/Microsoft and GE’s Global Healthcare Initiative Come to Canada

floppy-disk1Two Canadian developments on the electronic medical records front:

Telus-Microsoft:

Telus and Microsoft are developing a patient-centred system that would allow individuals to access and manage their medical records and would interface directly with health care providers’ systems to gather and share the data.  Canada Health Infoway wants to make sure it’s secure.  The CBC story mentions that the IBM/Google Health team is looking at a Canadian implementation as well.

GE Healthcare:

GE held an event today at MaRS launching a global healthcare initiative — called “healthymagination” — with announcements in 4 other cities around the world including Washington

GE is devoting $6 billion over the next 6 years to meet three goals by 2015: reduce the cost of healthcare by 15% (focusing on procedures and processes); increase access by 15% (to services, technologies and health education); and improve quality by 15% (partner with physicians and stakeholders to simplify procedures and accelerate adoption of standards of care). 

The initiative was introduced in Toronto by Elyse Allan, President & CEO of GE Canada, and by Peter Robertson, General Manager of GE Healthcare Canada, who did a good job of speaking to Canadian-specific issues.  One program that was heavily discussed was the Pan Northern Ontario PACS Project (PNOP) agreement with GE Healthcare for the creation of a Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r) and longitudinal patient records across northern Ontario.  The program is being funded in part by Canada Health Infoway and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s eHealth Program.

 

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