A Hospital Halloween

A Canadian hospital is helping make the hospital experience less spooky for parents of sick or premature newborns.

Yesterday, I was talking to some friends whose son is in the Alberta Children’s Hospital. According to J.W., they had spent over $60.00 for a Halloween costume for their two-year-old son, M.W. Unfortunately, due to a medical issue that arose on October 29th, the costume had not been worn and remains in its original bag.

Hearing this, I was reminded of an initiative that had been started by two nurses on a neonatal unit. The end result saw babies wearing handmade felt Halloween costumes at a hospital in Edmonton. Click here to read the story.

Quality and Safety Summit 2018

The Quality and Safety Summit began this morning in Calgary. In addition to participating in walking tours and presentations, summit attendees are seeing some cool initiatives in action. Here is one that caught many people’s attention.

Time for a Heart to Heart?


Do you reside in Calgary or area?
Do you or someone you care for have a cardiovascular/pulmonary condition?
Would you like to participate in a study focus group?

If you said “Yes” to the above, click here for more details.

What? Listen to Patients?

The importance of the patient is becoming more recognized in the healthcare sector. However, in many instances, including the pharmaceutical area, the patient is seen as simply something to talk to or to talk about.

According to a recent blog post by Mike Rea, this stance is limited and limiting in terms of who patients are and what they have to offer. As he asks in his post.

But, instead of talking to patients, what if we started listening? Not just to what they ‘need’, but what else they want? There are so many incredible groups out there now – potent patient groups (MMRF, MDA, Savvy Patients and more), who want to talk to us, who want to share. But, start to listen, and there will be a hundred hands that go up to stop you doing that.

Click here to read the full article.

Pain…Pain….Go Away!

If you or someone you know has been affected by pain, here is something you may find of interest.

A group of Albertans is developing the Alberta Pain Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to:

  • Outline a coordinated, provincial approach to addressing the complex issue of pain, starting with priorities;
  • Capture the considerable amount of work already underway across the province related to pain and the use of opioids within a single strategy document;
  • Build on successes and identify and focus on the remaining gaps.

To this end, the Alberta Pain Strategy team is seeking your thoughts, feedback and input. Please take a few minutes to read this short document and complete the online survey found here. The survey will be available until September 17, 2018.

Patient Scholarships | Canada Health Infoway

Are you a patient or caregiver who is passionate about helping shape health care in Canada?

As part of our commitment to amplifying the patient voice, we are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to patients, caregivers, and family members to attend the 2018 Infoway Partnership Conference in Montreal on November 13-14, 2018.

Click here for more information.

Home Monitoring Technologies Forum

Are you interested in home (personal) health monitoring technologies and ways they can be used to improve patient care in Alberta? If so, here is an event you may find of interest.

Click here to read and download the forum information.