“How the digital revolution will create better healthcare.”

MSN Video – Rock Center with Brian Williams

This is absolutely fascinating.

One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

Everyone Has A Stake

The community of Princeton and Area H is indebted to Dr. Barbara Pesut of UBC Okanagan for her involvement in the Community Consultation held on January 29 at Riverside Community Centre. Dr. Pesut is a nationally recognized researcher and her generous offer to assist us in our efforts is very much appreciated. Dr. Pesut has extensive experience that began with several years at Princeton General Hospital and Ridgewood Lodge. She feels a connection to our community and this may have been part of the reason why she offered her services to us. For more information on Dr.Pesut, including a list of her current research and recent publications, visit http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/nursing/Faculty/bpesut.html

The Community Consultation followed a research-based process whose planning required pre-knowledge of the number of participants which explains why it was by invitation only. This also satisfied the requirements built into the consultation process. Continue reading

Rural Health Services Research Network

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The Network Goes to Princeton!

The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC was honored to be invited to Princeton’s Healtcare Community Consultation, which took place on January 29, 2012. This consultation brought together a diverse group of community members and stakeholders to discuss and identify the current healthcare challenges faced by Princeton and its surrounding area. Over forty community members participated within small focus groups, sharing their personal experiences with the delivery of Princeton’s healtcare. The consultation was spearheaded by Save Our Hospital Coalition (SOHC) and UBC-Okanagan’s Dr. Barb Pesut and her team of researchers. Findings from this consultation will be used to inform potential areas of future reserach, and ultimately it is hoped that these findings will help lead to an improved model of healthcare delivery in Princeton and other rural communities.

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CBC Radio – on Community Consultation

UBC Okanagan to help Princeton health care crisis

The town of Princeton has turned to researchers at the University of B.C. Okanagan to try to figure out how to fix health care problems in the community.

Since May, people in Princeton have had to make due with an emergency room that’s closed 4 nights a week and they have been lobbying and meeting with the Interior Health Authority and provincial government officials to change that, but there’s still no solution.

So community leaders decided to bring in some expert help by calling researchers from UBC Okanagan to brainstorm ways to improve health care in Princeton.

C.B.C. Reporter Brady Strachan spoke to people in Princeton about the issues.

Listen to CBC Radio Daybreak South coverage here.