Surely we can do better – room for improvement in continuity of health care

Health Quality Council releases new report Imagine being able to sit down at your computer and see your own health record – to check on test results, see whether referrals have been made, check upcoming appointments. This would be connected to a single electronic health record system in Alberta so that no matter where you […]

Six common themes from six regional meetings

Over the last 4 months IMAGINE held six regional meetings across the province. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us and shared their thoughts in Wainwright, Stettler, Peace River, Pincher Creek, Okotoks and Brocket. Participants from these communities shared their thoughts about their health care experiences and a number of key themes […]

Transforming Primary Care

For most people, primary care is the first place they go for health care. In addition to individual family practices, more than 40 Primary Care Networks operate across the province providing primary health care services. IMAGINE sees working with this sector as key to bringing about a more patient-centred focus to the health system.

Using the H-CAHPS survey to ‘measure’ hospital inpatient experience in Alberta

IMAGINE is committed to working with our health system partners towards improved patient experience and outcomes. It is important for us to understand what strategies are currently being used in Alberta to assess patient experience. We recently learned more about the H-CAHPS Survey that Alberta Health Services (AHS) is currently using to assess hospital inpatient […]

IMAGINE turns 1!

One year ago today, a group of like-minded patient, family and citizen champions partnered with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health to host a forum with the following aim – “We can do better in Alberta in improving the experience of health care, and the quality, safety and outcomes of our care”. The forum brought […]

The Better Together Campaign: Because families are more than visitors – they are partners in care

We are excited to announce that IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health has signed on as an endorsing organization for the Better Together campaign. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), in partnership with the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care and other leading healthcare organizations across Canada, launched this campaign on November 10th. The Better […]

Patients, the Right Medicine for Health Care

Patients have known for a long time the healthcare system could be doing more to address their fears, concerns and needs. Now, a federal investigation into the state of the Canadian healthcare system has given weighty validity to those concerns.

HQCA stands behind IMAGINE

An influential arms-length health organization in the province has placed its support squarely behind the citizen-driven, patient-focused IMAGINE Project.

Focusing on a health care culture where patients come first

The Alberta health-care system includes extraordinary talent and forward-thinking initiatives. But it is also faced with challenges to patient safety, frequent patient dissatisfaction, and a culture that can struggle with always putting the patient first.

Jim Conway

Jim Conway is an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and Senior Consultant, Safe and Reliable Healthcare, in Evergreen, Colorado.

Art Frank

Art Frank, PhD, is professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary, where he has taught since 1975. He is currently a professor at Betanien College, Bergen, Norway.

Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis is a health policy and research consultant based in Saskatoon, member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at Simon Fraser University.

Dave Price

Dave Price

Dave is the father of Greg Price, someone terribly missed by his family and friends, and who died prematurely due to multiple failures of Alberta’s medical treatment system.

Ward Flemons

Ward Flemons

Ward Flemons, MD, is a Respirologist at the Foothills Medical Centre and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine.

William Ghali

Dr. William Ghali is Scientific Director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health (as of July 1, 2010). He is also Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

Tony Fields

Tony Fields

Dr. Fields is Professor Emeritus, Oncology, at the University of Alberta. His career includes work at Alberta Health Services, where he was responsible for Alberta’s tertiary and associate cancer centres.

Charlie Fischer

Charlie Fischer

Mr. Fischer is the Chair of the Hull Child and Family Foundation, Chair of the Honorary Patrons’ Council for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Vice Chair of the Canada West Foundation .

Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman is one of Canada’s most trusted voices in medicine — a doctor who thinks like a patient. He makes complex medical issues digestible for audiences on radio, television and on the speaking circuit. He personalizes medicine and the human frailties of his profession.

Deborah Prowse

Deborah Prowse

Deborah has a professional background and training in Social Work and Law. As a private consultant, she has worked in the areas of respectful workplace, human rights and conflict management offering mediation, investigation, and training.