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You’re invited to a stimulating conversation on technology and care. Tyze founder CEO Vickie Cammack will be interviewed by Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta at the Nesta offices on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

Vickie is an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur. She is a Rockefeller Next Century Innovator, winner of the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada and a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field. After establishing PLAN, a Canadian advocacy organisation for families caring for someone with a disability, and the Family Support Institute, she was named as one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women.

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inspireApply below to be part of the InspireLIFE BC pilot project, a unique online program that brings integrative cancer care to the comfort of your home. There are 24 spots in this pilot project at no cost.

Deadline to apply is May 7, 2013. Space is limited.


The InspireLIFE BC pilot program is presented by InspireHealth and offers select online programs and services in support of an integrative approach to cancer care. Through this program you will have access to our health care practitioners and learn powerful ways to alleviate symptoms of treatment, reduce the likelihood of recurrence, and optimize your body’s healing potential.

Click here to apply by May 7th.

In order to qualify for this Pilot Program you must:

  • Have a recent cancer diagnosis
  • Be eager to take an active role in your healing journey
  • Live in an area that is remote, rural, or not easily accessible to one of our three centres
  • Have a high-speed internet connection with optional web-cam
  • Complete an intake form, a health history form, and a seven-day food journal
  • Sign a release to allow InspireHealth physicians access to your patient records from the BC Cancer Agency

In addition to MSP-covered appointments with an InspireHealth physician, the following services will be provided at no cost in exchange for your participation:

  • The Online Fireside Chat, a 45-min introduction to InspireHealth and integrative cancer care
  • Two individual appointments by phone or video call with a nutritionist and a clinical counsellor
  • Core elements of our signature LIFE Program offered in three interactive group webinars:

Foundations of Healing (May 14, 2-4pm) – Dr Judy Tang will be your facilitator for this module. Learn how an optimal integrative cancer care approach will engage the interrelated aspects of mind, body, spirit and immune system to create a solid foundation for health and recovery.

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April 18, 2013 VANCOUVER, BC

Canada’s Tyze Personal Networks has been named a Next Century Innovator by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Next Century Innovators Awards is a global competition open to those who are promoting the well-being of humanity around the world.  The Foundation is naming 100 innovators in honour of its centennial. According to the Rockefeller Foundation, “Citizen movements are compelling reforms that were unimaginable only a short time ago. Solutions to today’s challenges involve a complex mix of actors that include governments, nonprofits, foundations, civil society and the business sector in major new ways.”

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In a recent issue of the Home Care Technology report, our new partnership with Procura is highlighted.

“We are very excited to work with Procura. We know when care providers and informal caregivers work together, everyone benefits”, says Richard Osborn, President of Tyze. “Our unique community platform is a proven, cost efficient tool, that enhances communication between the family and providers, helps people stay independent in their home longer and improves satisfaction and retention for Procura’s customers.”

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For Immediate Release – Victoria, BC (04/04/2013) – Procura, leading providers in home and community care, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Tyze Personal Networks, providers of an online community care platform. Partnering with Tyze provides Procura customers with a health information exchange (HIE) tool that centers on the patient, connecting associated family, friends, care givers and care professionals, and organizes support for home and community care clients.

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March 12, 2013 VANCOUVER, BC – Rocket Builders released its eleventh annual “Ready to Rocket” list today. The list names Tyze Personal Networks as one of ten tech startups ready to rocket—as an organization poised to experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. Tyze is an online care collaboration tool focused on reducing isolation. It enables friends, family, community and care professionals to join together to organize support for people with health needs. The product is founded on the belief that we are better together and that no one should face illness or caregiving alone. The “Ready to Rocket” list is the only predictive list of its kind in North America, requiring many months of sector and company analysis. “Each year, our team of analysts receives lots of inquiries on how we are able to predict so accurately which companies will grow revenue,” said Geoffrey Hansen, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders. “Three elements characterize these high growth firms: a growing market opportunity, a unique competitive position and customer validation of a must-have value proposition.” “It’s exciting to be recognized here at home in Vancouver as we simultaneously build on our momentum globally,” says Tyze President Richard Osborn. “Tyze shows massive potential to impact the lives of everyday people caring for someone they love, and we’re proud that our model is gaining tremendous traction both here and around the world.” To learn more about Tyze visit www.tyze.com or click here to see a video introduction.

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Media Contact: Cindy Hughes, cindy.hughes@tyze.com Marketing Manager, Tyze Personal Networks 604.628.9594 Tyze Personal Networks is a social mission business focused on creating pathways for people to care, connect, and contribute. They do this by providing secure, online, private networks of support that strengthen relationships and address isolation. Their primary beneficiaries are people undergoing treatment for critical illness, seniors, and people with disabilities, as well as the home health care, government, and caregiving agencies that provide support for them.

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Tyze is proud to be partnered with Inspire Health, a physician-led non-profit integrative cancer care organization. When Marie was diagnosed with cancer, she went to Inspire Health for support and solutions. It was there that she discovered Tyze.  She was eager to talk with us about her experience using a personal network so far. Marie, a single mom of 12-year-old twins, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Vancouver to pursue her degree in psychology. Today she’s a counselor who focuses on helping others, staying active and pursuing physical activities like skiing, surfing and daily yoga. Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago and is on a continual journey toward health. Marie was introduced to the concept of a Tyze network through Inspire Health, and she was eager to answer some questions about her experience using it so far.

CH: How has Tyze helped you?

M: Without Tyze I wouldn’t have anywhere near the support that I’m now fortunate to have. I’m not always very good at asking for help but with Tyze it’s been so much easier. It’s a very different thing when you have to pick up the phone all the time and if I didn’t have Tyze I wouldn’t really just call people to ask for help. Now getting that support is much easier – people can come on to the network, see what’s needed and offer. 

CH: What’s been most meaningful about using Tyze?

M: I think using Tyze has been meaningful in a few ways—to me, to my friends and to my family in Switzerland. First, for me, I know that the important people in my life know what’s going on but I don’t have to be calling non-stop and giving information. My kids and I also feel supported and know I’m not alone.  For my friends, it’s been meaningful because it lets them feel connected and highlights that there are things they can do. When there’s a health issue people can tend to get really scared—almost more scared than the person who’s sick—they don’t know what to do, what to say or how to be helpful but not a bother. But because of Tyze my friends can get together, talk about things and feel that they could be active without being intrusive. And finally, for my family in Switzerland who can’t be here but really wish they can, Tyze offers a way to be there for me from a distance. They can log on and see that things are happening and that I have support.

Would you recommend someone in your shoes start their own network?

M: I would, absolutely. Anybody going through any type of health journey should use Tyze. It’s really a lifeline. I’m a single mom and my twins are 12, so it’s not like I have teenagers who can take over and do stuff. I know that I’m not the only one in this kind of situation who is alone – so yes, having Tyze is a lifeline. Even if you are capable of dealing with your health challenge alone—I  could probably do everything on my own if I was pushing myself hard—knowing I have support has really changed absolutely everything. People have the tendency to feel very lonely. We can forget that we are loved. And a lot of people don’t know how to express their love—Tyze gives them an opportunity here. Caring is a way for them to demonstrate how they feel and Tyze makes caring practical and easy. It’s that connection. It does make a difference. I’m so grateful for what you guys are doing.

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The UK has been a hotbed of activity lately for Tyze. This month we were thrilled to receive  £181,000 in funding from Nesta’s Innovation in Giving Fund.  Nesta is the UK’s innovation organization,  an  independent charity and global thought leader that works to increase the innovation capacity of the UK. Tyze is one of five innovative programs to receive follow-on funding. The money will be used to build capacity of the UK team and build new partnerships to make Tyze available across the UK. Nesta Public Services Lab CEO Philip Colligan says that Tyze shows a massive potential to address some of society’s most intractable challenges: “What we see…is the massive potential for social action – people helping people – to make a difference to really big social challenges. This is what the next chapter of public services reform will be about – better ways of engaging people, their families and communities alongside professionals. Through the Centre for Social Action’s Innovation Fund we want to help make this a reality.” Tyze and Midland Heart Finalists in 2013 Independent Specialist Care Awards and UK Housing Award Tyze and our partner Midland Heart (one of the UK’s one of the top ten housing and care organizations based in the UK) are finalists for  two prestigious awards. The Independent Specialist Care Awards celebrates the best performing private and voluntary sector providers working in the provision of social care services for adults with learning or physical disabilities or mental health conditions. A black tie gala dinner will be held in the UK to celebrate the winners. The UK Housing Awards recognize outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities. The awards are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine.Midland Heart along with Tyze are  now one of six left in the running for innovation of the year. Hiring UK Director Are you a vibrant social innovator with a passion for making the world a better place? Tyze is looking for a UK Director, read more about the position here. 

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February 21, 2013 VANCOUVER, BC – Tyze Personal Networks is one of five innovative programs to receive follow-on funding from the Innovation in Giving Fund, delivered by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. Tyze, an online care collaboration tool focused on reducing isolation, was awarded the funding after a highly successful trial last year. The money will be used to build capacity of the UK team and build new partnerships to make Tyze available across the UK. Tyze enables friends, family, community and professionals to join together to organize support for people with care needs. The product is founded on the belief that we are better together and that no one should face illness or caregiving alone.  Read more »