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Because your voice matters.

Interior Health, Bring Your Own Device Working Group



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


Volunteer Opportunity
Join our working group and have your say as a patient partner about bringing your own devices for your Interior Health hospital stay.


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health, Central Functions Coordinator

Interior Health is upgrading it’s Wi-Fi to support patients bringing their own devices, as an alternate to the health authority providing TV’s in rooms. Engaging patient voices is key so that we ensure all voices have been considered. This is only the beginning steps of Bring Your Own Device to site for patients, and we hope to hear their feedback on the project at an early stage.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

• Open to patient partners from: Interior Health
• Are familiar with personal electronic media and communication devices (ie: Tablets, iPads, cell phones, laptops etc)
• Have stayed in a hospital before.
• Comfortable attending virtual meetings using Microsoft Teams.
• Please note:
– This opportunity is not open to staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by this health authority.
– As connection and relationship building is important, we may like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process in an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at a health care site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: to be determined
• Location: virtually using Microsoft Teams
• Commitment: a few meetings over a few months

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Kelowna General Hospital’s Health Hub contract is expiring, the contract that provides TVs in patient hospital rooms. This has resulted in looking at a significant shift in the delivery model for this service and new opportunities for patients at Kelowna General Hospital. We recognize that the public would be better served with a modern solution and are looking forward to working with patient partners on finding these solutions.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Vancouver Island Region 778-700-2064

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.