Canadian Women Changing Healthcare

I happened to catch an episode of the CNN series “The Sixties” which featured the rise of the feminist movement. It caught my immediate attention as we here at Patient Commando were hard at work preparing our 2nd Annual Canadian Women Changing Healthcare. It had escaped my memory that in my lifetime there was a time when there were quotas on the spaces available to women  in medical, dental and law schools. There was a time when airline stewardesses had to be single, with soft hands and were forced to retire at the age of 32. There was a time in my lifetime that women marched in the streets fighting for equality and recognition. The episode reminded me of  many women who led the way – like journalist Gloria Steinem who infiltrated Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown (Sex and The Single Girl), author Betty Friedan (The Feminine  Mystique) and the National Organization of Women (NOW) who played such important roles in galvanizing what turned into a global movement.

I couldn’t help but think of the many parallels between that time and certain realities that exist in our healthcare system. As Patient Commando and others have pointed out before, 78% [...] continue the story

Dianne Carmichael

Dianne Carmichael President & CEO, Carmichael Worldwide Inc. In 2004, Dianne’s father was diagnosed with cancer, affecting her profoundly. She felt overwhelmed and unprepared for the immense responsibility of becoming her Dad’s ultimate decision-maker, caregiver, champion and advocate during what became a profound journey through a complex and confusing medical system.

Dianne witnessed the gaps in healthcare first-hand and the impact they had: putting patients at a disadvantage, discouraging participatory engagement, challenges navigating the system, creating an additional burden of unnecessary anxiety in the vulnerable patient and their caregivers, poor coordination of care, lack of integrated medical records systems, poor communication, overburdened health care providers, and a system at risk of sustainability. With her dad on his deathbed, Dianne had what she describes as an epiphany which led to a major shift in her career and personal focus.

She left her role as a CEO in financial services in order to move to health care to make a difference in the lives of Canadians stricken with profound illness. Today she advocates and champions for patients, inspires others to innovate and adopt disruptive technologies in order to ensure the highest quality of care in Canada, works to influence Health Policy and lead system sustainability and transformation.

Dianne [...] continue the story