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How I’m Thriving — In Spite of Living with Chronic Health Conditions!

By | Blog, Chronic health conditions, Health, Healthy lifestyle, Medical, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | One Comment

How do you achieve work-life balance while living with chronic health conditions?  This is a great question which I have been asked on many occasions — and one I used to often ask myself. For the past 10 years, my health has been up and down.  My autoimmune system is on fire and always seems to be causing inflammation throughout my body. My doctors call it the “grey area”, not able to identify the real cause of all my chronic health issues. I have struggled with microscopic colitis, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis, just to name a few! I always considered myself…

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Reflections on Innovation in Healthcare

By | Blog, Data, Digital Health, EHR, EMR integration, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Hospitals, Patient Activation, Patient Understanding, Provider workflow | No Comments

Innovation. As I prepare to attend Health 2.0 next week and share the Valeet Healthcare engagement platform, I’ve been reflecting on innovation in medicine, an essential ingredient to progress and transformation. It’s fascinating to realize how far we have come – and to imagine how much further we can go. While there have been a myriad of milestones and breakthrough innovations in the history of medicine, there are several that stand out in my mind: The magnifying glass — first created in 1250 by Roger Bacon, he designed a convex lens specifically used for science. Shortly thereafter, lenses were constructed…

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My Perspective on Why Patient Engagement is Critical for Better Health Outcomes

By | Blog, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement | 6 Comments

Most physicians can recall a certain patient who defines why they chose to pursue medicine. For me, that patient is Mrs. Jones*. Mrs. Jones had struggled with multiple conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity for many years. As her primary care physician, I sensed her feelings of hopelessness and helplessness – of being out of control. One day, we had a frank conversation about her weight and how it was affecting her overall health. Something clicked within Mrs. Jones that day. She transformed into the model patient, making vital changes to her lifestyle. She began working with a…

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How to Navigate the Health System: A Patient Perspective

By | Blog, Cancer Survivor, Health, Health Outcomes, Hospitals, Medical, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | No Comments

I’ve had to learn how to navigate the healthcare system over the last few years.  If you read my last blog post, I am a cancer survivor!  I’ve been through some ups and downs, some highs and some lows, but here I am.  Through my journey, I learned some ways to succeed in my health outcomes and I want to share them with you in hopes that my experiences and insights can help shed light for others out there who are also trying to navigate the healthcare system: 1.Take charge of your own health This is a must!  In order…

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Beating Cancer: The Important Lessons I Learned Along the Way

By | Blog, cancer, Cancer Survivor, Health | No Comments

March 26th, 2013 was a day I will never forget. That day, just a couple months shy of graduating high school, I was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer. A few days later, at UCLA’s Sarcoma Center, I met my oncologist, Dr. Singh. Wishing I was anywhere but there, I was hardly listening as my mom bragged about how I had been accepted to Cal Poly SLO as a Biomedical Engineering major. With a huge grin, Dr. Singh told me that was his major in college. I had no idea that this unique connection which my oncologist and I shared would spark…

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