Media Advisory - Bridgepoint Health Presents LiveWell! Lectures

    Goal to foster more understanding of economic, social and public impacts
    of complex chronic disease

    TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - A Podcast of the presentation made by Dr. Alex
Jadad, Chief Innovator and Founder, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, and
the first featured speaker in an exciting new Bridgepoint Health LiveWell!
lecture series, is now available at
    His presentation, entitled "Living Well with Chronic Disease in the Age
of the Internet and Social Networks" is now available as a Podcast at

    Highlights of the Podcast include:
    -   Why a "tidal wave" of chronic illness is coming
    -   How can we minimize its impact
    -   How are Virtual Social Networks impacting chronic care
    -   Facebook: Bringing friends, students and patients together for
        chronic disease management
    -   How patients are self organizing today
    -   Joining forces - embracing innovation and change

    Bridgepoint Health launched the new LiveWell! lecture series to support
the community's understanding of the economic, social and public impacts of
people living with Complex Chronic Disease.

    Bridgepoint Health

    Bridgepoint Health has taken the lead in recognizing that Complex Chronic
Disease patients require a different kind of care than the current system was
designed for. With our commitment to changing the world for people living with
Complex Chronic Disease, Bridgepoint Health is building a unique "campus of
care". This hospital will provide specialized care to meet the complicated
medical needs of our patients. It will also create an environment to foster a
new generation of researchers, doctors, nurses and therapists. These
professionals will be equipped with new knowledge and new skills to help
people live well while living with Complex Chronic Disease. Which means we'll
be ready to help you enjoy your extra 10 or 15 years. To find out more, visit or

    Dr. Alex Jadad

    Dr. Alex Jadad's mission is to help improve health and wellness for all,
thorough information and communication technologies (ICTs). Dr. Jadad is the
founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. He is also spearheading
the development of the Global eHealth and eWellness Network Initiative (GENI,
pronounced as "genie"), a unique group of individuals, organizations, tools
and facilities working in harmony to promote research, development, education,
policy, funding, recognition and commercialization activities related to the
uses of ICTs to promote optimal levels of health and wellness, worldwide.
    Dr. Jadad's numerous awards, including a 'National Health Research
Scholars Award', by Health Canada (1997), one of 'Canada's Top 40 Under 40'
awards (1998), a 'Premier's Research Excellence Award' (1999), the New
Pioneers Award in Science and Technology (2002). In 2001 and 2002, he was
featured by Time Magazine as one of the new Canadians who will shape the
country in the 21st century, and as one of the leading medical researchers in
the country. In 2004, he received the Canadian Latin Achievement Award, as one
of the people who have made important contributions to the relationship
between Canada and the Hispanic world. In 2005, he was selected by the Top 40
Under 40 alumni as one of "The Best of the Best" for achievements in Health
and Science, and by his peers in Colombia as the scientist who probably has
had the greatest impact in the country's history.

For further information:

For further information: Bernadette Seward, Communications Manager,
Bridgepoint Health, (416) 461-8251

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