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

Digital health enables many innovative approaches of healthcare services models and delivery such as real time monitoring, reminders or games to increase awareness, knowledge, behavioral change and compliance of treatment. It meets the various needs of digital lifestyle. It enables caregivers to know comprehensive information about patients’ health status, to communicate efficiently with patients via emails, live chat or pictures, to engage patients in making decisions and activation.

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

Digital health can help me to manage Psoriasis a chronic disease efficiently and less stressful. I had an episode with symptoms which were hard to distinguish from eczema at the time I visited my family doctor. I had to see him a few times to diagnose while it was developing, which was very hard and time consuming. Digital health could enable me to send him pictures of the red patches with description and then the doctor and I could communicate to decide when to meet to diagnose and treat.

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 can share my experience with different problems and challenges encountered when treating my diseases. I can share broad experience, benefits and challenges in using the advanced digital health products such as EMR,wearable devices and APPs. Importantly, I have strong interests and great ideas in digital health especially in applying data science into healthcare services and self management I would like to share and discuss through conversations with the participants and attendees.

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

I will learn the knowledge, experience and thoughts from all perspectives of patients, caregivers, industries, and government. All of those will be applied to my various interactions with healthcare system and most importantly to my work as primary health program analyst at WRHA. I will share what I learn with my colleagues, family and friends, the communities (Digital Health Interests Group in Winnipeg) and the platforms (www.daocare.ca & healthcare analytics) I’m involved in.