PatientsEngage, a social enterprise, is a patient/caregiver focused healthcare platform for supporting the management of chronic diseases.
Why did we start PatientsEngage
By Aparna Mittal, CEO and Founder
What we want, above all else, is that no one should fight alone
The last few years, my family and friends have been hit by a spate of health scares – brain tumour, cancer, stroke, heart attack. Each time, I would try to find out as much as I could about the conditions and treatments on the internet, so I could be there for them, armed with the right information. And while the internet gave me a lot of information, it threw up as many questions in my mind. I wanted to hear from people who had tried out a specific treatment – what were the side effects, how did they deal with it, had they learnt something that could help another… I visited online forums but found that often they did not reflect the Asian perspective. And so grew the idea of PatientsEngage – a space where people in similar circumstances can share information and learn from each other.
The health of an individual affects an entire family, especially for chronic conditions. This message was reinforced to me time and again in all the conversations I had with patients and their caregivers. Much of healthcare takes place outside the clinical gaze. The patient and the family have to make many critical decisions – be it about medication, hospitals, at-home nursing, at-home diagnostic kits, nutrition, therapies, etc. The right information and support mechanism can make those decisions easier.
Further, as we live longer, we need to make the right lifestyle choices that will enable us to age well. And we need to start now, not after we are old. By staying abreast of the latest information, we can take charge of our lives, the lives of our loved ones and put ourselves back in the center of the healthcare system.
How can you participate
You should register on the site to start discussions, ask questions, share experiences on their day to day issues and how they deal with them, their treatment regimens, side effects, what works and what does not work for them, etc.
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We are looking to collaborate with patient support organisations and healthcare professionals and individuals and other health related services looking to support and reach patients and care givers either in terms of patient education materials, help in answering questions and moderating communities. This platform will allow these organisations and individuals to reach a wider audience. So please reach out to us through Contact Us.
Aparna Mittal : An alumnus of IIM Calcutta, I spent 25 years in the Information Technology Industry working across multiple sectors in a wide variety of roles in Asia. I am passionate about using technology to empower and support patients and caregivers.
R. Venkatanathan : An alumnus of IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta, I am a banker with 25 years of experience in multiple countries.
Healthcare is probably the biggest issue facing the human race going forward. I believe PatientsEngage is an important initiative to enable patients and care-givers to take charge of their own lives especially in relation to chronic conditions
Madhu Sinha Roy : A writer and editor for more than 20 years, I am also a single child of elderly parents and the mother of a teenager. Yes, I am a member of the Sandwich Generation, and there are increasingly more of us. The phrase Sandwich Generation comes with a lot of baggage – we are the beleaguered lot, the harassed ones. But I prefer to see us as the jam or peanut butter or cheese that holds those two slices of bread together. It’s no picnic - caught between our children who are raring to grow up and our parents who are trying to push the brakes on accelerating old age. But with the right information, you don’t have to soldier on alone. I have edited a lot of copy – from art and lifestyle to travel and education and philanthropy – but this is one topic that is very close to my heart as it will be to anyone who has to parent their parents.
Dr Shital Patel: is a General Practitioner (MD) who did her undergraduate studies in the US and attended medical school in the UK. For the past 5 years, she has been working in India to promote public health. She has worked with various local and international NGOs in the areas of lifestyle disease awareness and education, infection prevention and control and healthcare worker safety programmes for government hospitals. She is also an anti-tobacco activist and has devoted her time to counsel cancer patients, conduct awareness programmes for children and advocate against tobacco companies.
Ujjwala Baxi, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. I have worked at Nair Hospital and KJ Somaiya Hospital in Mumbai. I am committed to creating awareness about lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes and hypertension and the dietary and lifestyle measures that can be adopted to prevent, delay and treat these ailments. I am also a Singapore Health Promotion Board Ambassador.
Ranjita Dasgupta, Dietitian. I have been helping people improve their health through diet for more than 20 years. I worked under endocrinologist Dr HB Chandalia in Mumbai, addressing issues on weight management, diabetes, hypertension, endocrinological and other disorders through medicine, diet counselling, exercise and patient education programmes. I was also a dietitian at BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Kolkata. I firmly believe that we can lead better, fuller lives by making even small changes to our diet and lifestyle.
Lyn Boxall : I practised law in Australia for around 15 years before moving to Singapore in 2000 and working as inhouse counsel for a US MNC for several years. I now spend my time on a variety of legal and business issues of interest to her, including corporate governance and leadership
Dr Kanika Chaudhuri : is a practicing Consultant Obstetrician and gynaecologist in Singapore. After her basic degree from India she trained in Ireland at Rotunda Hospital. Following which she completed her MRCOG from the UK. Dr Kanika completed her Advanced speciality training in National University of Singapore (NUHS). While working in NUHS, she had also been working as a lecturer for Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. After having worked for eight years in NUHS, she moved over to the private sector.She has special interest in Early pregnancy care and High risk pregnancies with over 12 years of experience in general obstetrics and gynaecology.