Conference announcement: HAND-HELD [un] conference – Mar. 20, 2008 @ Toronto, Canada

I came across this announcement for a conference that sounds very interesting.  It’s called "HAND-HELD:  an [un]conference harnessing digital storytelling to improve health".  I’m intrigued by the description of the event:

HAND-HELD is an [un]conference that explores how digital storytelling and new media can be harnessed to improve health care when the tools of creation are placed in the hands of citizens.

The event will showcase the remarkable results of an 18-month participatory media project, I WAS HERE. We put digital cameras into the hands of young mothers who have experienced homelessness to document their lives, and their experiences with the healthcare system.  Their photography and video work will be the starting point for the conversations during the day.

HAND-HELD will bring together a small, hand-picked selection of health-care professionals, academics, media-makers, politicians, decision-makers and young parents who have experienced homelessness — all experts — in a unique open-source day to envision our collective future of health-care in a democratic and digital age.

A while back, I wrote a series on my personal predictions of disruptive technologies in health care.  In my final summary, I identified the patient as the ultimate disruptive force.  Not sure if I’ll be able to attend, but I’m going to try and make it.  The [un]conference is to take place on Thursday March 20th, 2008 in downtown Toronto at the MaRS Centre.

To make things even more ironic, I had an opportunity to catch-up with an old colleague of mine, Dr. Carlos Rizo, and we had a wonderful time talking about our own patient experiences and hopes for transforming health care a system that is actually about the patient.  We hope to do some work together in the future on this topic, so I’m hopeful for some new and exciting developments.

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