Laura P.

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

Access to extensive digital health information and services has empowered patients and caregivers to research their conditions, ask intelligent questions and participate more fully and actively in their care. It has become common for patients to come to appointments with ideas for the next steps of their treatment, the confidence to make informed health care decisions, and the expectation that their health care practitioners stay up-to-date with the latest digital health advances.

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 caregiver to my husband over 6 years of cancer treatment, we used telehealth at the BCCA in YXS to see his specialist in YVR quickly and conveniently, saving many expensive trips. Our GP’s EMR was key to keeping all of the info organized – she had instant access to results from CTs to blood tests, consults from multiple SPs, and med info. The EMR kept track of his complex health needs and made it possible for our GP answer our questions and serve as the safe central hub for his care.

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

In addition to my experiences as a family cancer caregiver, I am privileged to work as the evaluation lead for Northern Partners in Care (NPiC), a shared care health quality improvement organization in Prince George, BC. Our work includes extensive digital health projects including team-based v/c, secure texting, and electronic shared care plans. My passion for advancing digital health extends to my volunteer work where I am proud to serve as the chapter co-lead for Hacking Health Prince George.

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

I am fortunate to have avenues to share digital health innovations in both my personal and professional life. I hope to have the opportunity to bring back learnings, best practices, and great stories of passion and innovation to my work at NPiC as well as my volunteer work with Hacking Health. I would do this by sharing with our project teams and steering committee at NPiC and my Hacking Health team. I would love to network with innovators who could become an incredible resource for our work.