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Episode 12: Shared Decision-Making in Digital Health Apps

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Release Date: 06/15/2022

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When you are making a healthcare decision the words shared decision-making are valuable. Understanding the term shared decision-making and putting it into practice can present challenges for those who are not aware of the phrase. It can be an effective tool and method of communication in healthcare decisions. Shared decision making is when the patient and their healthcare team work as collaborative partners in determining the best care for the patient based on the patients’ personal preferences, lifestyle, support, and values.

On this episode of the DiepCJourney podcast I invite two guests who have developed digital healthcare apps specifically focused on the shared decision-making concept and practice. Both of my guests are recognized internationally for work in their respective fields. Michael Fergusson is the CEO and Founder of Ayogo Health, a Canadian Healthcare Technology company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, MD FACS, is a recognized expert in breast cancer reconstruction and the Founder of the Breast Advocate® app. He is the President of PRMA in San Antonio, Texas.

Michael recognizes the complexities of human beings. The inspiration for his company, Ayogo, respects this complexity valuing the full participation of patients. Asymmetry can occur between patients and physicians when the process of shared decision-making takes place. This all takes time, reflection, and learning. His app, based on the shared decision-making model, allows patients the ability to invest in all three. Ayogo has twice been named on of the most innovative mobile health companies in the world and is consistently recognized by the industry as standard-setting for quality and innovation.

Similarly, Dr. C’s app guides a breast cancer patient from diagnosis through to the decisional process of surgical treatment. Co-created by patient advocates, healthcare professionals and specialists who treat breast cancer patients, the Breast Advocate® app is designed as a customizable shared decision-making tool to give patients the ability to understand what their full range of options are. Dr. Chrysopoulo will be presenting his work at the eleventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Katowice, Poland in June of 2022. He will meet with Mayors from around the world discussing sustainable solutions to the challenges in tackling breast cancer, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can learn more about Michael’s work at the website Ayogo. Learn more about Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo’s work at Breast Advocate® app website. Both apps are available through the app store.