Edit Impact: First Canadian HealthCamp unconference with IBM
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Citizens do not have sufficient opportunities to contribute openly to the betterment of the health system. Bottom-up and grass-roots innovation has been recognized as an equitable alternative that can improve social solidarity.
The Innovation Cell teamed with IBM and organized the first HealthCamp held in Canada. HealthCamp is a global movement pushing change in healthcare to engage participants in meaningful conversations about healthcare innovation. HealthCamp Toronto followed the format of 'unconferences' -- a participant-driven conference centered around improving the patient experience.
More than 100 global “Web influencers” (including patients, providers, policy makers, journalists) from different countries, with different training, and from different ethnocultural backgrounds met face to face, and many more followed the conversation online (via Twitter™). Organizations in attendance included the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Health Council of Canada. We concluded HealthCamp with a “call to action” to continue discussing the role of patients in healthcare. This unconference leveraged generous in-kind donations from IBM and initiated a new analytical project to better understand the connectivity of the online conversation and to prioritize the sentiments expressed at the conference. With the impetus gained from HealthCamp, the Innovation Cell is now leading the organization of Mental HealthCamp 2010 to be held on May 28, 2010 at the Toronto Reference Library. One of Mental HealthCamp’s goals is to reduce stigma and improve access for all Ontarians (http://mentalhealthcampto.org/).
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