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Digital age helps Halifax woman take charge of her health

(NC) Last year, as Halifax resident Alexa Thompson turned 65, she made a commitment to take charge of her own health, unaware of the role technology was going to play in supporting her goal.

“I have a busy life and am accustomed to using computers to shop, book travel and keep in touch with friends and family,” Alexa explained. “Little did I know that technology would also play an important role in supporting me to achieve my health goals.”

Due to her comfort with computers, it's no wonder that Alexa enthusiastically jumped at the chance to use a patient portal, a digital health tool that was introduced to her by her doctor.

“Online I discovered a safe site to record all my health records,” she continued, and soon started using the portal to book appointments with her doctor. “It was certainly more convenient than waiting 'on hold' on the telephone.”

Alexa started recording her blood pressure, weight and body mass electronically as she continued to discover the benefits of digital health.

“As I explored the system further, I found I could get test results online, with a note from my doctor to explain anything that was written in medical terminology. That eliminated the need to book appointments with her to get my results.”

Like Alexa, many Canadians say they want to make digital health work for them.

A recent survey by Harris/Decima reveals that 89 per cent of Canadians feel it's important that they personally have full advantage of digital health tools and capabilities.

Canada Health Infoway recently launched its Better Health Together campaign to showcase how digital health has made a difference in the lives of many patients like Alexa. Take a look at www.betterhealthtogether.ca.

“If digital health empowers me to play a more active role in the management of my health and wellness,” she points out, “then it can certainly be of benefit to other Canadians.”

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