I am Assistant Professor in University of British Columbia’s Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. I am the Director of Research for the Department of Anesthesia at BC Children’s Hospital. I received training in Health Informatics at City University, London, UK. I hold a Scholar award from the Michael Smith Research Foundation.
My specific interests are in technology to support personalized healthcare. Innovative technologies are required to improve the collection, analysis and exchange of information. Ensuring the patient remains the starting point and central focus of all technological advances in healthcare, including electronic record systems, is essential to improve the quality of health and healthcare provision. A new patient centric model is required to ensure the sustainability of good quality healthcare globally as well as for future generations. Technology can assist in safely engaging individuals in their own care. Many treatments that currently mandate hospitalization could be safely provided at home with appropriate mechanisms for remote monitoring and automated drug or fluid delivery. Improved disease education, self help, the establishment of support groups and enhanced monitoring of disease status can be engineered through technology. A new paradigm of health information ownership, governance and universality is required – with the patient as the focus and gatekeeper of the information.