How does digital health support patients/caregivers to become more active participants in their health care?
Digital health support allows ‘caregivers’ current information as well as the sharing of information real time which translates into making informed decisions in the care of their loved ones. Flexibility is also an important consideration with digital health support. The ability to access information conveniently and readily is essential.
Share an experience where digital health had an impact, or could have had an impact, on you as a patient, caregiver or family member.
As a caregiver/family member providing support to care aids which assist in my mother’s day to day care, digital health provides a reference for dealing with day to day issues and situations. Alzheimer’s/dementia treatment one on one is still very new and varies on a case by case basis. Having tips and tools available via digital forms can support care in a more meaningful way. My AHA moment came when attending a conference call and realizing that behaviour can be a result of an infection.
The theme of the 2016 Infoway Partnership Conference is “A Conversation About Digital Health”. How do you believe you can contribute to the conversation?
From my personal experience I would look at ways to improve and provide more information via digital means for supporting loved ones in a variety of situations – at home, in care homes, and also at senior’s centres which provide important stimulation and socialization for adults. Prior to retiring this past year I worked for a major national telecommunication company where digital sharing of information was paramount in our day to day roles.
How will you apply and share what you learn from Digital Health Week and the 2016 Infoway Partnership Conference?
I employ an agency to assist with my mom’s care at home (now 93) and would love to share the tips and information with the agency owner as well as the senior’s centre which my mom attends a couple days each week. I find that most individuals/organizations are struggling to learn more in the support of elder care (my current focus.) As this is such a growing population in Canada, digital health will play a greater role as this segment is often online and researching health and well being sites.