Suzanne S.

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

Within the Family Health Team that I am a member of, we are able to read our reports. When presented with numbers that I can read from a clinic report, my motivation to improve those results increases significantly in order to achieve healthy targets.

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

I have survived Colorectal Cancer that was diagnosed June 2015. The collaboration with the health team that cared for me is demonstration of the impact of digital health. All information was shared with my GP. I can and did access the information through a patient portal. All the teams -3- working in different sites were able to have up-to-the day information. It provided myself and my family with even more confidence in the exceptional care that I received.

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

My contribution to the conversation begins as a first person patient and healthcare user. Digital Health provided the foundation of my care, and I have seen the possibilities for implementation of additional applications. If in sharing my experience it helps other patients and users of the healthcare system improve their outcomes and enhance their understanding of what the process and path of care is, that would be for the good of all, and I would be happy to share my experience.

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

There are many opportunities to share learnings from Digital Health Week. There are patient groups where I would be willing to share learnings. Healthcare teams are always eager to hear about the ‘what’s new’, I could share learnings with them. Many of the patients that I journeyed with blog, and are up to date with social media, that is an opportunity to share learnings in a timely fashion. I apply digital health knowledge in staying focussed on my health, and plan to continue long term.