One of the more confusing and somewhat anxious times in a person's life is when they are presented with the news that they will now be managing a chronic condition. The first time I was presented with news like this I was in 25 years old and it took me a few tries to say the condition I was diagnosed with (eosinophilic fasciitis). With any serious diagnosis comes medication(s), a change of diet and a change in life style. Over five years, I managed to find a balance that relieved me of all of my symptoms.
We all want to be happy and healthy
So, when I recently spoke with my doctor and she told me that my blood sugar was almost triple what it should be, and my family history is riddled with cases of diabetes, I knew that was about to be presented with another life changing choice: Keep eating whatever I want and prepare to get comfortable with injecting myself with insulin, or change my diet, exercise more, and monitor my blood work. I'm not a big fan of needles, so there really wasn't much to think about.
Here at Healthjump, my job is to positively affect and shape the patient experience and support our member interactions on the personal health record platform. My close proximity to software developers coupled with my medical history puts me in a great position to influence and push for innovations that can help any patient dealing with anything from a clean bill of health to multiple chronic conditions. Sometimes I wish that I had been dealt a better hand when it comes to my health, but on the other hand, I would not be writing this post today if it weren't for my conditions.
To quote Michael Jordan: “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”
Through Healthjump, I will overcome my perceived weaknesses, and the team of brilliant minds who develop our products will continue to work towards a platform that will enable anyone to manage their healthcare needs securely to make evident the correct path to better outcomes through the power of self-reported data and consolidated and accurate medical records.
We are already working towards a better medical record release process that seeks remove the barriers to accessing medical records, and as of today, a comprehensive chronic management platform is beginning to take form in my head. In future releases, we hope to continue to make your healthcare management as easy as possible while offering a complete solution for patients hoping to beat any condition into remission.