Spotlight On: Alana Kitchen

Alana has a BSc in chemical engineering from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. She is the founder and president of Who to Call Inc., a Calgary startup that connects Calgary homeowners with quality home renovation and maintenance professionals. Alana juggles a busy family and career life and describes herself as an inspired forever learner. With her […]

The input of everyday Albertans made a difference

A year ago, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health completed a project in which we had an in-depth conversation with 28 Albertans over the course of several months on two topics that were top of mind to Alberta Health (government ministry responsible for health).

MyHealth Record

The Government of Alberta has recently launched a new portal that makes it possible for Albertans to access some of our health information online. This is a first important step toward making our complete health record a tool for us to use to ensure our care is seamless and effective.

Building networks and hearing from Albertans – IMAGINE Citizens 2018 year in review

Four years ago, the grassroots movement that became IMAGINE Citizens was born with Friday morning meetings at the O’Brien Institute for Health at the University of Calgary involving a small group of people passionate about health and health care. This past year has been one of our busiest. Here is recap of IMAGINE Citizen’s accomplishments throughout 2018.

Connect Care welcomes input from IMAGINE Citizens

Connect Care is a new clinical information system being designed to link Alberta Health Services facilities, programs and services. Learn more about this collaborative effort being launched in the fall of 2019.

How personalizing health systems adds value for citizens

EDITOR’S NOTE: SCAN Health is a partner of IMAGINE Citizens. It is dedicated to advancing health systems to achieve the best possible experiences and outcomes for patients through supply chain transformation. Health systems can become more patient-centred by personalizing their structures, services and care delivery models. These changes enable citizens to be more engaged in […]

An appeal from someone living with dementia

Editor’s Note: Jim Mann is a person living with a diagnosis of dementia. He is a member of VOICES – a citizen committee that is an important part of the Canada-wide research program called Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC). On June 13, 2018, the whole TREC team spent at day in Edmonton. The group […]

Initiative will ease patients’ return home

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) is launching a 17-month collaborative to improve patient and caregiver experiences during transitions from hospital to home.

Falling through the Cracks: Greg’s Story

My brother Greg Price died after delayed diagnosis and treatment related to testicular cancer. He was young, athletic, intelligent, and an advocate for himself. Despite that poor hand-offs, breaks in care and lack of support led to his unexpected death nearly 6 years ago.

Healthcare 101 Project

Volunteer Opportunities: Healthcare 101 Background: This primer in Alberta’s health-care system began as a concept in late 2015. The first of four modules – Healthcare Basics for Albertans – will be launched this spring on MyHealth Alberta. IMAGINE is seeking people to explore this information further, either through web or in-person discussions, or who can […]

Co-design Opportunity with Re-able

CO-DESIGN OPPORTUNITY Concepting workshop for a wearable device to support and track stroke survivor activity. RE-ABLE’S MISSION Support and motivate the long-term recovery of stroke survivors through engaging in physical activity. Learn more on Re-able’s website DESCRIPTION Goal Co-create features wearables activity monitor, based on stroke recovery goals What will you be doing? Half-day, on-site workshop […]

Co-design Opportunity with Uppercut & lab testing service

CO-DESIGN OPPORTUNITY Usability testing for a lab testing service prototype. UPPERCUT’S MISSION We are a results-driven digital product design and development studio passionate about healthcare. Learn more on Uppercut’s website. DESCRIPTION Goal Evaluate feedback on a prototype of a lab testing service. What will you be doing? Participants will be asked to complete specific tasks […]

Co-design Opportunity with Uppercut & ultrasounds

CO-DESIGN OPPORTUNITY Insight into women’s ultrasound experiences. UPPERCUT’S MISSION We are a results-driven digital product design and development studio passionate about healthcare. Learn more on Uppercut’s website. DESCRIPTION Goal Learn about women’s current behaviours after an ultrasound. What will you be doing? Interview with participant following a pregnancy ultrasound appointment to understand their experiences. What […]