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‘I felt welcomed’: 25 patients attend the CMA’s first-ever Health Summit

In a convention hall filled with hundreds of physicians, Jeannie Gurr makes her way to microphone #4. When it’s her turn, the retired teacher asks a panel of health care leaders what can be done to improve health literacy, especially in schools. She also tells them about the lack of digital health care in her rural Métis community[…]

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Brainstorming for better health: Open Dialogue draws hundreds of Summit participants

What happens when you gather together hundreds of physicians, policy-makers and patients, and give them a big problem to solve? That was the design for the Open Dialogue sessions at the CMA Health Summit.  Described as “participant-driven crowdsourcing”, each session drew hundreds of participants, and posed a question to get them thinking big about improving health[…]

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Healthcare system needs to catch up to the requirements of the Google Generation

New findings released by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) show that young adults between 18 and 34 are frequent users of the healthcare system with a self-reported average of 11 or more visits to a doctor each year.  The Google Generation is also the most eager adopter of technology to manage their own health[…]

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“As physicians, we’re accountable for making our system better”: reflections on the Health Summit from a first-time CMA Ambassador

  As I face the reality of medical school resuming, I am taking a break from learning the innervations of the brachial plexus to reflect on four incredible days of learning at the CMA Health Summit in Winnipeg. Disruptive innovation for a healthier future was the central theme of the Health Summit. As a first-time […]

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Featured Stories

Challenge your thinking and be inspired.  Stories on a few of the ideas and innovations being showcased by panelists at the CMA Health Summit.

Zayna Khayat

Bold ideas about how to future-proof health care

Zayna Khayat has spent her career imagining the future of health. Yet after a year in the Netherlands, working as “Innovation Sherpa in Chief” at the REShape Health Innovation Centre, she returned to Canada in January with a fresh perspective on what that future could look like. “I can’t unsee what I have seen.” explains […]

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Philip Edgcumbe

How to build an innovation mindset

“Innovation can come from unexpected places,” proclaims Philip Edgcumbe. And as an inventor, engineer, medical student, PhD graduate and recent lead developer of the Alzheimer’s XPRIZE, he speaks from experience. As a student in the MD/Phd program at the University of British Columbia, where he is pursuing a medical degree and has completed his PhD […]

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Alika Lafontaine

Shifting thinking about Indigenous health

When Dr. Alika Lafontaine talks about innovation in Indigenous health, he doesn’t talk about biotech, digital health or new medical technologies. Instead, he talks about shifting mindsets. “I think one of the most innovative things we could do is move beyond just talking about equity and equality, to actually articulating what that looks like.” Listing […]

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Judith John

Finding innovation in patient-centred care

Judith John is someone who knows her way around a hospital. She spent many years working in hospitals as a senior communications executive, first at Toronto’s Mount Sinai and later, the Hospital for Sick Children. Then in 2009, John had a brain tumour that hemorrhaged. And she began to see another side of the hospital […]

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Tara Kiran

Innovative approaches to improving health equity

“Is it working the same for all people?” That’s the question Dr. Tara Kiran asks herself often as a physician and a researcher on quality of care. On many days, the answer is no. “When we do research, we often want to understand what the quality of care is on average. But we also know […]

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Health Summit “aha” moments

CMA Ambassadors — students, residents and early-career physicians — share takeaways from their time in Winnipeg.