Every two weeks, I take a look back on the stories that made an impact on me. Here is a roundup of my latest top 10 from Nov. 19-30, 2018.

  1. Every day we learn of new ways that digital health is improving access to care and reducing wait times and unnecessary tests and treatments. This study found that by using a shared diagnostic imaging repository, patients had fewer repeat imaging tests for hepato-pancreatico-biliary cancer surgery, including potentially redundant repeat imaging with same protocol, and experienced shortened wait times for surgical care.
  2. Some pretty big names, such as former Cleveland Clinic CEO/current Google advisor Toby Cosgrove, think voice recognition is the next big killer app for healthcare
  3. Scope magazine, published by Stanford Medicine, has produced some stellar articles focusing on how digital technology is transforming healthcare. It’s well worth exploring.
  4. We’re strong proponents of vaccinations to protect public health. We encouraged our team members to get the flu shot this year, and some have shared their flu shot selfies. Check out a couple of my favourites here and here.
  5. This story is important because it demonstrates that despite the growth in the use of smartphones, the plethora of mental health apps, the studies that indicate interest in these applications, plenty of venture capital funding and the obvious benefits to a sector that suffers from a shortage of trained professionals and severe underfunding, actual use of mental health apps is low. To ensure the success of digital health tools, research will need to focus more on how patients use them, rather than on internet-based studies that measure interest in them.
  6. Joanne Templeton, Managing Partner for our Canada East division, participated in a great meetup in Halifax hosted by Digital Health Canada. We love the opportunity to meet and mentor up and coming talent!
  7. Patients have long handed over the personal medical data to hospitals and other healthcare providers and participated in patient engagement and feedback/focus groups for free; compensating them for their data or input has never been part of the equation – until now. Savvy Cooperative is working on ways for drug developers and others to connect directly with patients and compensate them for their contributions.
  8. Canada officially launched its Digital Technology Supercluster, with $153 million in federal funding and member commitments of $200 million. This is exciting news that will no doubt accelerate the adoption of digital health Canada-wide.
  9. This story highlights the importance of ensuring that everyone who can benefit from digital health technology has the tools – and the skills – to do so. This is a challenge for some of the patient populations who can most benefit from digital health, such as seniors, but the right approach can lead to success.
  10. Digital Health Canada has partnered with The Centre for Education and Training (TCET) to enable 60 new Canadians to receive custom Digital Health Canada Core HI Education along with soft skills training from TCET. This partnership is a great way to build on the skills of newcomers, provide opportunities in the digital health sector and increase capacity in Canada.