I am excited to be here because this year’s conference theme emphasizes how we can take personal responsibility / a more active role for our own healthcare
It emphasizes action I took to improve my health, to ensure access to care, to ensure I was prepared to make informed decisions…You see, as a recipient of pancreas/kidney transplantation less than a year ago, using online resources proved to be an invaluable educational tool that made the difference in the medical decisions I made
This 2008 eHealth Conference theme reflects our need to not only be peripherally aware of change in ourselves, in our communities, in the marketplace, in the world, but it is in sync with the shift we are witnessing in every area of life including a shift in how we manage our health.
Introspection - examine thoughts and feelings about the disease and how it is effecting ones life; consider long-term implications of disease; identify personal and social barriers affecting self-management
Health and Financial Literacy – Take initiative to use online resources to obtain, process, and understand basic information and services needed to make appropriate health and financial decisions; learn to interpret/understand ones blood test results; understand health insurance plan or the lack of
Preparation - Manage personal affairs and medical matters to reduce the impact of problems and to quicken ones ability to arrive at solution
Follow-up - adhere to appointment schedules and medication regimens; develop questions to discuss with providers; keep a copy of ones blood lab reports and ensure medical provider has most recent results…