Author Archives: Colin Hung

Grassroot organizations leading the charge for equity, inclusion and racial justice

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 […]

Should Driving Interoperability be a High Priority?

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 […]

Ending Patient Volunteerism. How can Patients be Compensated?

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 […]

How Do We Cut Through COVID Fatigue This Winter?

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. […]

Where Have All the Patients Gone?

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 […]

Retail Health: Fad, Failure, or Future?

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 […]

What “healthcare access” are we really striving for?

This week I’m attending the SHSMD22 conference – an event for healthcare marketers and strategists – so I thought it would be interesting to unpack the term “healthcare access” with the #HCLDR community this week. Over that past year, “improving healthcare access” has become a popular phrase. I see it on company booths. I hear […]

When is it Okay to Use Your Health Data To Recommend Helpful Products?

I recently had a conversation about the mountain of health-related mobile apps that are currently available for “free”. I was lamenting how many people were downloading and using these solutions without fully understanding that their health data collected by these apps was being used to market products and service to them. At that point, the […]

State of Healthcare Social Media

Is healthcare social media dying? Has it been the fad that everyone predicted in the early days, or has social media become an integral part of the healthcare landscape? How has your use of social platforms evolved? I’m interested in hearing opinions from the #hcldr community on this topic. This past week, I had the […]

Re-Branding Careers in Healthcare

The healthcare staffing crisis is wreaking havoc in nations around the world. More physicians, nurses, administrative staff, and other healthcare workers are leaving the industry. Stress, long hours, burnout, physical abuse, verbal abuse, and pay inequity are just some of the reasons behind the exodus. We must face reality: this is not a problem with […]