Digital Health Communities, Pt. 2: Rows 123 - 142
Digital Health Communities identified in this request include AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub: Digital Health Circle, Haney Langley Maple Ridge Heartfulness Meditation, Solutions4Health, VIA Marketplace by HealthSpace Data Systems, Lindsay health hub by Community Care Health and Care Network, and Kawartha Lakes Wellness Fair, among others. The full list has been compiled in rows 123 – 142 of the Part 2 tab of the attached spreadsheet.
UNAVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION
The municipalities that do not have any digital health communities, initiatives, meet ups, or hubs are:
- Prince George
For this research, we employed four different search strategies in order to identify the municipalities' available data on digital health communities, initiatives, meet ups, and hubs. The first strategy we employed was looking at the website of each of the municipalities (namely www.vsj.ca for Saint-Jérôme and www.princegeorge.ca for Prince George). For Saint-Jérôme we employed Google Translate as the municipality is situated in Quebec and is entirely in French. The websites do not have a news section which would help us find any news of the digital health communities being announced or being open for business. Our second research avenue was looking into the local news outlets. Prince George has a news outlet called Prince George Citizen (princegeorgecitizen.com). There are no mentions of any digital health announcements in the online version of the paper. We looked through the available archive but the website is focused mainly on more practical things such as gas prices and traffic announcements. Saint-Jérôme, however, does not have a local news outlet covering exclusively the one municipality since it is a small village. Finally, we expanded our search and looked into bigger health initiatives in Canada that have smaller regional centers such as Canada Infoway, Digital Health, Canadian Healthcare Network, and Better Health together. Neither of these larger networks are currently operating hubs, meetups, or hosting initiatives in Prince George or Saint-Jérôme.
The reasons why these municipalities do not seem to have any identifiable digital health communities, initiatives, meet ups, or hubs are rooted in the following:
- The fact all the municipalities listed are very small communities which are oftentimes situated close to the others listed in this spreadsheet.
- The municipalities are rural and not focused on digital health as it is not a priority in medicine in these areas.
- The municipalities do not have an "online presence" or even a local media outlet that is present online which would report on such initiatives.
Digital Health Communities
The municipalities that have two different digital health communities are:
- Maple Ridge
- Kawartha Lakes
- Sault Ste. Marie
The municipalities that have only one digital health community are:
- Wood Buffalo
The full list of the digital health communities in the Canadian municipal areas has been compiled in rows 123 – 142 of the Part 2 tab of the attached spreadsheet.