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Vancouver Man Wins $10,000 Health Reform Award For Proposing a System to Allow People to Control Their Own Health Record

Vancouver Man Wins $10,000 Health Reform Award For Proposing a System To Allow People to Control Their Own Health Record

(OTTAWA – May 11, 2007) Canadian health care will become more people-centred only when patients obtain control over their own health records according to the winner of a $10,000 award for the best health reform concept. Behram Antia, a Vancouver-based computer expert was awarded his prize after beating four other finalists in the People-Centred Health Challenge – a contest sponsored by the Canadian Association for People-Centred Health (CAPCH) to generate new ideas to make the health care system more responsive to the needs of Canadians.

“By putting the individual at the centre of the system through stewardship of health information … we will have a person-centered system that promotes lifelong health and wellness instead of treating episodic illness, creates a model of care that encourages teamwork among providers, and forces the reorganization of the funding model,” wrote Mr. Antia in the executive summary of his winning submission, entitled The Interactive Personal Health Record – A 2020 Vision for the Canadian Healthcare System

The contest, launched in October 2006, offered cash awards to contributors who were determined to have presented the most innovative, but practical health reform ideas via 3,500-word proposals. A total of $22,500 was handed out. In addition to Behram’s $10,000-award, $5,000 was awarded to Vinh Vandeworp (from Fort McMurray, AB) for his contribution entitled A Framework Towards People-Centred Health Care, and University of Ottawa professor Dr. Pippa Hall received $2,500 for her reform concept – Learn Together, Work Together, Change Together. An additional $5,000, (sponsored by Longwoods Publishing Inc.) was awarded for the best student submission. A team of two nursing students from Regina, Deanna Klein and Erin Rutten, received their award for a submission entitled Health Professionals in School Settings.

The five finalists (chosen from a group of forty-five submissions from across Canada) each had 15 minutes to present their proposals to an eminent panel of judges and respond to questions before the winners were declared.

“The judges faced a big challenge to decide on a winner,” stated the judge’s panel chair, Major-General (retired) Lise Mathieu, the former head of health services for the Canadian military. “If Canada could find a way to implement the collective ideas which we have recognized today, the system would be well on its way to becoming more people-centred.”

The Canadian Association for People Centred Health (http://www.capch.ca/) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, national grassroots organization committed to researching, designing and implementing ways to make the Canadian health system more responsive to the needs of Canadians. One goal is to be a voice for the people and to give the people a voice on a health system that was introduced more than forty years ago and which many believe no longer can fulfill the needs of those it was created to serve. The People-Centred Health Challenge is just one of the many initiatives the association plans to sponsor.

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