Gail French

Gail F.

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

Digital health allows me to obtain the results of my tests – prepares me to ask questions and monitor my own progress. Enables me to be more of an active partner in my health care, rather then just a ‘patient’ needing care.

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

There something showing up in a lung CT, it was being treated by a surgeon from Toronto. As I live almost 2 hours away from where he is located, we used Telehealth for routine visits. I would have CT’s done close to where I Lived, they would be sent to him and then we would meet via telehealth to review and plan for what we needed to do next It was wonderful, meant no lost time at work for me or my husband who would have otherwise lost a days work to drive me to the doctor.

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 believe my experience with Telehealth and testing results being available to me on line gives me insight into the benefits of Digital health. Also experience with health records being digital, making them available to doctors at a walkin clinic, etc. This gives the family health team access to information they need to help with my care.

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

One of the ways I would share the info would be though my volunteer work with Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Often people who come to see us for help are vulnerable and marginalized. Tools such as Telehealth, and digital records would be a useful tool.