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A Preliminary Design for a Social Media Campaign for Patient Support: In Search of Out-of-Country Excellence

on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 01:46

Medical illness can cause extreme emotional and physical distress and the best care is not necessarily on hand. As the industry advances across the globe, how do we ensure that we are receiving the best services, particularly in times of crisis? What resources can help those in need find excellent treatments, regardless of their physical location?

The present medical delivery system is antithetical to the future vision envisioned by the rapid and universal spread WBSM. It is only a matter of time before the disconnect between the medical solutions that are now available to BC residents, as an example, will not be accepted as adequate and an alternate, global-based delivery system will gradually become the norm.

This paper posits a social media campaign designed to address these issues.

A Manifesto for a Personal Social Media Campaign

on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:02

Goal: To serve selected online communities of disparate common interests as an agent of change by leveraging my training, experience, energy and resources over the internet to make the world we share, in some incremental way, a better place to live, thrive, and to push the frontiers of human potential for future generations.

Context: I am aware of the emergent power of web-based social media (WBSM). It has the potential to radically transform how we, as a species, relate to one another, structure communities and organize ourselves for social, economic and political activities. However, we are only in the earliest of days of this new era and this nascent technological potential is only in its infancy. What we will do with the WBSM is yet to be determined.

A Venture into Medical Tourism: Why Our Health Care System Needs to Adapt

on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 01:01

by Lloyd Baron, Ph.D.

August 2011


Our medical delivery system is being challenged not only by long and growing queues as our population ages, but by an international market in which we refuse to engage. The consequences for our local delivery capacity are dire.


A treatise on the failings of the British Columbian health care system and the huge potential for improvement, innovation, and sustainability. How has globalization affected the medical industry and our capacity to provide universal health care? How can we transform these challenges into opportunities, while keeping our political ideals intact? Read my professional and personal account of the rise of medical tourism.