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Darlene G.

How does digital health support patients/caregivers to become more active participants in their health care?

I believe that digital health allows patients/caregivers to become more active participants in their health care. Patients will be able to view lab results, all test results without having to go to the Dr’s office. There would be a better continuity of care if there this a digital file that could be accessed across that no matter where you are if you need to see a physician they will know all about your medical information. Better access means less errors.

Share an experience where digital health had an impact, or could have had an impact, on you as a patient, caregiver or family member.

When we were waiting for results of a lung biopsy, ct scan of the lungs, pft results, it would have saved us a lot of anxious hours and days waiting to see our specialist for the results. Having access would have given us the opportunity to come to terms with the results and be better prepared to ask questions regarding the type of care that would be needed going forward.

The theme of the 2016 Infoway Partnership Conference is “A Conversation About Digital Health”. How do you believe you can contribute to the conversation?

I volunteer with HQCA as well as AHS. I believe that patients as well as caregivers need to be proactive in their own health care. I believe that we should know results when they are available. I’m not afraid to share my opinion regarding Digital Health. I enjoy being involved in discussions to hear different views as well as having the chance to share my own.

How will you apply and share what you learn from Digital Health Week and the 2016 Infoway Partnership Conference?

I am the President of an association, as well as a support group leader. I also volunteer so I would have the opportunity to share the information with a fairly large group of people. I believe that everyone needs to be aware of changes that are being made.