The Challenge asked patients and caregivers to share the impact of health IT on their lives. These patient stories should inform and encourage those who develop healthcare applications.
On May 27, 2013, Canadians were asked: How has health IT improved your health, health care, or experience as a patient or caregiver? Hundreds of Canadians participated by entering a story, voting on their favourite submissions or serving as a judge. Read their stories
Read about Allison McArthur's six-year-old daughter Ashlynn, diagnosed with autism in 2007 and how digital health would play a rold in offering respite and hope. Read the winning stories.
ImagineNation Challenges are an initiative of Canada Health Infoway and Patients Canada is proud to work with Canada Health Infoway in support of this Challenge.
SUMMARY: Already harried system is not ready for rising home-care demand.
When patient advocate Donna Davis helped a friend navigate the transition from hospital to home care, she encountered a vexing problem. Hospital and home-care workers "just tell you what to do," Davis recalls. "It's that paternalistic: ‘We will make the decision for you. We will tell you when to go home. We will tell you how to go home.'"
SUMMARY: Sholom Glouberman comments on the July 29th New York Times article “Scientists Seek to Rein in Diagnoses of Cancer” that discusses the fact that many diagnoses of cancer are of conditions that, though pre-malignant or not life-threatening, are labelled as cancer and frighten patients into seeking “what may be unneeded and potentially harmful treatments.”