Hello! In addition to our two very important initiatives – Healthcare 101 and the Primary Health Care Engagement Project – here is an update about what we’ve been doing at IMAGINE:
In 2017, IMAGINE recruited 28 Albertans from across the province to be part of a unique and important Citizen Dialogue about the future of primary healthcare.
Coming soon! Watch for the launch of Healthcare Basics for Albertans on MyHealth Alberta this spring.
Healthcare Basics for Albertans is the first module of Healthcare 101, a new online information series about the healthcare system in Alberta. The content and design are in the final review cycle by our co-design stakeholders
IMAGINE is excited to launch a new project called Citizens for Digital Health. Through this initiative, we will connect citizens with digital health innovators.
Canada Health Infoway defines digital health as:
“the use of information technology/electronic communication tools, services and processes to deliver health care services or to facilitate better health.”
We are thrilled to announce that Healthcare 101 soft launched on October 30th, 2017 at the Dream It, Achieve It Together -Quality and Safety Summit 2017!
Patty Wickson, Healthcare 101’s project manager, invited visitors to the Strategic Clinical Network’s™ booth at this year’s Quality and Safety Summit to view My Healthcare System on her iPad and distributed flyers and bookmarks about Healthcare 101 that she had prepared for this launch. We were pleased that senior leaders in Alberta Health Services showed interest in the module and in learning more about our concept. Keep reading →
Last year, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health and our partners saw a need to build an introduction course for Albertans to help us all to understand our complex healthcare system. Healthcare 101 aims to help Albertans experience healthcare in a more positive way. Keep reading →
IMAGINE is committed to gathering information and experiences from a variety of sources and sharing that information with Albertans so we can all make informed decisions. Shared knowledge leads to improved patient experience and outcomes and helps us be active partners in our own care. This week the Health Quality Council of Alberta launched the FOCUS (Fostering Open Conversations that Unleash Solutions) online tool aligns with this commitment and gives Albertans access to valuable information. Keep reading →
The World Health Organization has defined people-centred care as:
“an approach to care that consciously adopts the perspectives of individuals, caregivers, families and communities as participants in, and beneficiaries of, trusted health systems that are organized around the comprehensive needs of people rather than individual diseases.”
So what does this mean to Albertans? What is the current experience for Albertans using the healthcare system, and what would a more people-centred system look like? Keep reading →
A policy that could revolutionize the relationship between healthcare providers, patients and family members is taking hold in Canada. The results have come not from a treatment or technology but from an important administrative change: adopting family presence policies. Keep reading →
My brother Greg died on May 19, 2012. Since his death my family has been advocating for constructive, positive change in our health system hoping to prevent other families from going through the loss that we have (if interested see Healtharrows.ca). We have heard many stories and have had our own experiences that re-enforce our resolve to encourage improvement in the system in any way we can. One of these experiences is my own. It is difficult to sum up the whole journey in a post that is a reasonable length so I will just share a couple of moments that are related to family presence and the Better Together campaign. Keep reading →
Have you ever been frustrated when a doctor you were seeing didn’t seem to have all the information he/she needed about your history? The Alberta government has committed $400 million over four years towards a new AHS Provincial Clinical Information System (CIS). Currently, patient health information is stored in more than 1,800 disconnected systems across the province. The provincial clinical information system will consolidate this information to create a comprehensive, single health record and care plan. Keep reading →
IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health’s vision is: “A health system that is designed, and care that is delivered, in partnership with citizens, achieving the best possible experiences and outcomes for patients.” One strategy for making progress on our vision is to ensure that more health and health services research is conducted that address priorities identified by citizens and patients, and to provide opportunities for more engagement throughout the research process. Keep reading →
The Alberta Depression Research Priority Setting project invites you to participate in a survey. One in ten Canadians suffer from depression in their lifetime. Health research is often done without the input of patients and families who live with depression, people who care for those with depression, and health care professionals/clinicians who treat depression. Interested researchers will also be asked to participate in the survey so results can be compared. Keep reading →
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 are in the province or what provider you see, everyone on your care team has access to the same information. From the perspective of IMAGINE, this access to information is crucial for patients to be active partners and advocates in their own care and to support effective continuity of care. A new report from the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) agrees. Keep reading →
On May 11, 2016, 79 Airdrie and area leaders signed a “Community Charter” to express their support for exploring a new model for healthcare delivery. The charter builds on strong foundational work by Highland PCN & Airdrie Health Foundation, and reflects an exciting commitment to continued community collaboration around service model innovation. Keep reading →
Join us as a member of The Canadian Patient Engagement Network. IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health is a member of the Action Team who contributed to its development. We believe that The Network can develop into a valuable place to provide and receive information and support in real-time. Keep reading →
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 emerged: Keep reading →
Several members of the IMAGINE Citizen Steering Committee have had the opportunity to attend or listen in on a recent presentation by Dr. Carl Amrhein, Deputy Minister of Alberta Health. The presentation was held at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and was titled Health System Transformation in Alberta. Keep reading →
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. Keep reading →
IMAGINE started with a group of individuals who had difficult experiences with the health care system and wanted it to be better. Change Day is about harnessing shared energy, creativity and enthusiasm to make positive change. Our vision is to have a health system that is designed, and care that is delivered, in partnership with citizens, achieving the best possible experiences and outcomes for patients. We believe that by working together we can make this happen. Keep reading →