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Deborah H.

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

As our ‘Digital Health’ improves I believe we will find our health improve in many ways. The anxiety around our health issues, from referral efficiency to understanding procedures and expectations will all decrease with stronger communication application right from our family doctor to specialists and beyond. Our own person health needs to have a more direct line of contact to our health providers and Digital health has the strongest potential to provide just that!

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

My Doctor referred me to a Dermatologist (Who was across the hall from them). From the start I was out of the loop in terms of communication & my health. I kept asking my Dr. what was going on but they had no idea what was happening with my referral. The world is so digitally connected, there has to be a way to communicate directly & securely with patients on their health. It would have made my care move more efficient & I’m positive my skin would have benefited.

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 work as a Trainer & Partner Support Lead for a social initiative whose mission it is to include patients in taking control of their healthcare. I can also contribute by making patients & caregivers aware that there are already solutions out there that fully engage the patient & caregiver.

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

As a young adult, patient & worker in healthcare delivery, I am very passionate about digital health and the potential it has to impact our entire health care system as we know it. I will make as wide a circle of people as I can aware of digital health solutions that are currently available and new ones on the horizon that I become aware of. Social media as well my personal connections and influence will be employed to the best of my abilities.