Eric C

Vancouver, BC – ‘Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans’. -John Lennon And so it is that I find myself doing things that medical school never prepared me for. I sit on the board of directors of the British Columbia Medical Association and advocate for advances in digital health, relating how electronic medical records have allowed us to provide better, more efficient care for our patients. I recount how taking the lead to implement and then change EMRs has taught me about quality control and working not just with a diverse team of health care providers like consultants, nurses, and therapists, but also of working with health care supporters such as those providing services with our EMR and VPN.  My interest in the wisdom of crowds and the diverse intelligences needed for a project to succeed brought me to my first hackathon in early 2013. Nervously, I pitched in front of 300 people and formed a large team of amazing individuals who taught me about ‘the back end’ (not an obscene term) and UIX (also, not an obscene term.) We have continued our work together and are close to creating an application to help patients better track and participate in their health.  So, digital health has meant so much to me:  my work is more enjoyable, my care is more appreciated, my interactions with colleagues are more efficient, and the opportunities for personal growth have been a pleasant surprise as I have improved as a colleague, communicator, advocate, and leader.