This is the spot for stories – ours and yours! 

We’re posting items here by our staff – their thoughts and motivations for being involved with health, data and Dateva. And we’d love to hear from you as well – either reacting to one of our posts or with ideas of your own.  What inspires you to be a health advocate, a data donor or involved in health prevention?  Let’s have a dialogue around all of these issues and more.

Diversity is Our Strength

Diversity is Our Strength

Diversity and inclusion were central themes at Elevate Toronto, a conference I attended in September. Before giving his keynote, Razor Suleman, a co-founder of the conference, asked everyone in the audience of around 5,000 to stand if they were immigrants. I stood, as well as more than two-thirds of the audience. Then he asked people […]

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Open Data Through A Closed Door

Open Data Through A Closed Door

So, a guy walks into a bar and asks the bartender: “Hey buddy, when is Open Data not open?” “That’s easy”, says the bartender: “When it’s closed … and by the way, we only have draft on tap.” OK, I know that’s not a really great joke by any means, but it points to a […]

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Disconnect to Connect: My Fireside Experience

Disconnect to Connect: My Fireside Experience

A week ago, I attended a Fireside Conference, a three-day conference/retreat for startups, investors, and tech innovators to network, build relationships and enjoy camp experience at Camp Walden near Bancroft, Ontario. Basically, it’s a tech event without any tech. For someone who’s never been to a summer camp as a kid, this was an interesting […]

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Is there a Benefit to Monitoring Healthy People?

Is there a Benefit to Monitoring Healthy People?

Wearable health technology for monitoring, reporting and alerting people of any abnormalities in their health are growing in popularity every year. And, as with any new technology, there is also a growing concern if it brings more benefits than harm. One argument I keep seeing debated online, often by healthcare professionals, is if there is […]

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Donate Your Data & Save A Life

Donate Your Data & Save A Life

We’ve all heard the request: “Give blood and the life you save may be your own”. Also, the many pleas to donate your organs to save others in need of transplants. Both these gestures are well worthwhile and many people have done so – or plan to do so. All good for sure. But now […]

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My Inspiration for Better Healthcare

My Inspiration for Better Healthcare

Quite often we start showing interest in something, when that something affects us personally.
For me, it was my mom’s stroke, that happened in 2009, that made me painfully aware of just how fragmented our current healthcare system is and that patients with chronic…

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