Patient, heal thyself : The role of technology in facilitating patient self-care of chronic conditions
GIM Symposium 2011
Complex Care Forum: Enabling interprofessional teams for health system transformation
Joseph A. Cafazzo, PhD PEng
Lead, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network
Senior Director, Medical Engineering and Healthcare Human Factors
Assistant Professor, IBBME and HPME, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Patients have the ability to demonstrate astounding self-care behaviour. Who are these patients? What are their identifiable attributes? How can we elicit this behaviour in others for their benefit and the benefit our strained healthcare delivery system? We know that patients actively seek information for diagnoses, treatment and managing their own care. Our research at UHN looks at how access to information and the use of technology affect patient behaviour in managing their condition. The aim is to understand how the healthcare system and its providers can support and accommodate these patients for improved, cost-effective, health outcomes.