Information Technology for Family Caregivers
April 5, 2011
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Terry D’Silva is an electronic engineer, inventor and businessman and founder of Tertec Enterprises Inc, a successful international technology company. His latest invention, Mon Ami, could widely impact society by improving the quality of life for seniors, people with handicaps and their family caregivers, and to provide a platform for active aging. He describes his own family’s experience with health-related challenges and the role of family caregiving in his family life. He talks about the technology solutions, including Mon Ami, he developed to meet these needs. He explains how his family’s experience with family caregiving influenced the information technology in the products and services that Tertec offers. He talks about how well the needs of family caregivers are understood by the information technology industry and healthcare, and how to improve this understanding. He says what he would like to see done to bring more help to family caregivers through information technology.
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.