Blog by Joe Babaian The illusion of choice is the greatest magic trick ever performed. ― Ziad K. Abdelnour Free will and the meaning of choice have been a philosophical discussion since the beginning of spoken language. I’d like to focus on something a bit less esoteric – choice or the illusion of choice in healthcare. […]

On the next #HCLDR tweetchat, we welcome guest host Angela J. Carter, MA – @ajwcarter. Angela is the Executive Director at Roots Community Services, Inc, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. She is leading a team of community leaders focused on dismantling anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination. Angela will be leading us in a discussion about how […]

November 14-20, 2022 is Digital Health Week in Canada. To help bring attention to the importance of digital health and health technology, HCLDR is collaborating with Canada Health Infoway, an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Canadian federal government to connect all healthcare stakeholders (patients, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, etc). On Tuesday November 15th at […]

Blog by Joe Babaian With America’s mid-term election upon us, what else would be appropriate for the HCLDR discussion? Let’s be honest, with Twitter in turmoil, a Blood Moon lunar eclipse coming, and a very consequential election, this is the time for a more open discussion. Let’s take some time to discuss our thoughts not […]

Should patients be compensated for participating in research, studies, and advisory counsels? The simple answer is yes. Not only is it the ethical thing to do, it also will help improve health equity AND healthcare overall. Why? Because patient volunteerism (not paying patients) means that only people who can afford the time and expense will […]

There is absolutely no doubt that we are tired of COVID-19. After three long years of lockdowns, political wrangling, physical distancing, and nightly virus statistics, all of us would like nothing more than to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror. But COVID-related hospitalizations are climbing and deaths have started to inch up as well. […]

Blog post by Joe Babaian Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today. ― Amy Leigh Mercree Talking about dementia, elder care, and the journey toward the end of life is not easy but it doesn’t have to be […]

Hospitals and practices in the US are struggling. Many large and prominent health systems have reported large quarterly/yearly losses. While some of those losses are due to investments in the stock market, most are showing an operating loss due in part to a decrease in patient volumes. The question I have: Where have all the […]

Blog post by Joe Babaian It’s the kind of mistrust of science because science is viewed as authority. And there’s a lot of anti-authority feeling. I think that’s the kind of thing that drives the anti-vaxxers, the people who don’t believe the science of vaccination and don’t want to get their children vaccinated. It’s all […]

Over the past two years, retail health has been a hot topic of conversation. Some see retail health as a threat, some see it as the natural evolution of healthcare, and some see it as an innovative disruptor. We may not know who is right for a decade or more, but there is no doubt […]