Conference aims to empower patients

| 24/07/2018
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Jennifer Dilbert, Lizzette Yearwood and Dwayne Seymour at the 2017 Healthcare Conference

(CNS Local Life): The ninth annual Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference, set for 18-20 October, will focus on ways that the general public can help manage and maintain their own health and wellbeing under the theme “Managing Your Health: The Empowered Patient”. The conference will cover such topics as the day-to-day management of non-communicable diseases and understanding when health symptoms indicate a trip to the emergency room, as well as developments in technology and its impact on healthcare in Cayman.

This year, in order to ensure the quality of the event, there will be a limited number of tickets available for each day of the conference, stated a press release. Tickets for the conference, which is free, will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to those who pre-register online.

Minister of Health Dwayne Seymour said that this year’s theme is timely as there is a greater push, globally, for patients to become more involved in looking after their health. “With greater technological advancements happening every day, patients are now being given better tools and knowledge to help them become more involved in maintaining their health,” he said.

“Whether it is through nutritional apps, video tutorials on managing long-term illnesses, or more available knowledge on preventative health measures, patients now have many more ways that they can help manage their wellness and, ultimately, reduce the strain on Cayman’s medical resources.”

Lizzette Yearwood, chair of the conference planning committee and CEO of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, said the event continues to offer both medical professionals and the general public opportunities to have greater collaboration on how they can support each other.

“By opening this event to both the medical community and the general public, we not only aim to help generate dialogue around patient empowerment, but also develop an environment that gives a platform for these conversations to occur,” she said.

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