Educating the community on health information technology

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
― Maya Angelou

It's our goal at the Health eCommunity to improve lives.  Information is empowering.  Technology touches nearly every aspect of our lives.  We want to use information and technology to improve our health individually and collectively.

We had a community information session on 10/21 at the East Regional branch of the Durham County Library.  Our information session is referred to as a mini-conference.  Each mini-conference has a theme.  The theme of our October mini-conference was Better Health Through Technology.  During the mini-conference, we heard from Awanya Caesar, RN of Lincoln Community Health Center and Deborah Swain, Ph.D. of North Carolina Central University.

Awanya Caesar spoke to the community about the importance of using the Electronic Health Record (EHR).  The EHR allows you to request medical refills.  This benefit allows you to avoid unnecessary trips to your doctor's office.

Deborah Swain, Ph.D. spoke about the wealth of information available from librarians.  Their training allows them assist in family history research.  The website can be used to record your family health history.  Knowing your family's history can help your doctor provide better care for you.