to get her insights on the value of healthcare IT, as well as the merits of her mom’s apple pie…..
What was your first job?
Well this question is going to show my age unfortunately- my first job was exporting cobalt machines and sources to hospitals throughout the world.
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
That I have been able to work with healthcare providers, gain a deeper understanding of their needs, and ultimately find solutions that enable them to make a difference in the lives of oncology patients and their families.
What are you most looking forward to working on at Equicare?
Mostly, I’m looking forward to working with this incredibly talented start up organization in an effort to supply healthcare providers and patients with the tools to manage chronic illnesses.
What do you think of the state of the Healthcare IT industry and its future?
That’s a tough question. Honestly Obama care is scaring a lot of people and causing an uproar. The next 18 months will be interesting.
How have you seen technology improve the lives of those suffering from long term conditions or illnesses?
I think the answer lies in the question, in that today many conditions can be managed. For example, years ago no one would have referred to cancer as being a manageable disease. We treated the cancer, but it was viewed by the patient as a death sentence. Today, through the advancement of many different technologies, clinicians can detect and diagnose cancer down to the biological level, customize a treatment regime and create a pathway for a patient to participate in their own care plan post treatment. Technology has made this all possible.
I’m reminded by this even more everyday when I’m able to talk to my mom! She had stage 3 breast cancer, both breasts were preserved and shes been cancer free for almost 5 years now. Years ago, she would have been looking at a radical mastectomy and I can almost guarantee that her outlook on life wouldn’t even be close to where it is today.
What are you reading right now?
I’m just getting ready to start a new one titled “Half Time”. My husband thought I would enjoy it. I’ll have to let you know if he was right.
You need to go on holiday tomorrow- where would you go?
That’s easy – Curacao !
What would you eat for your last meal on earth?
Ahh, another easy one, “my mom’s hot apple pie”
We’re pleased to welcome Marageret to the team and look forward to her contributions. Want to ask her a question about her next holiday in Curacao or get her thoughts on the healthcare industry? Feel free to send her a message at firstname.lastname@example.org