Social Media


Victoria hospital joins Telus social media platform

Victoria General Hospital has become the first hospital on Vancouver Island to join Upopolis, an innovative social support platform and networking tool giving young patients safe and secure access to kid-friendly medical content. Upopolis also provides kids with a vital link to their families, friends and schools while in hospital. “We are pleased to support initiatives…


Social funding to support blood pressure program

The federal government is experimenting with a relatively new funding model to kick-start a program aimed at helping older Canadians in Ontario and British Columbia manage high blood pressure. Health Minister Jane Philpott (pictured) has announced a plan to invest in the community hypertension prevention initiative, using a so-called Social Impact Bond to make the…


Figure 1 grows in new directions: surveying doctors

A Canadian smartphone app that started out as a crowdsourcing tool for healthcare professionals is now also gathering important insight from doctors and nurses on hot-button topics like medical marijuana and the anti-vaccination movement. Figure 1, often described as “Instagram for doctors,” boasts more than 1 million users who share medical images. For the past several…