Abstract: This talk reports on our survey results on digital delegation, where caregivers act as proxies for patients in accessing and using their digital accounts. The research speaks to the growing reliance on digital tools in caregiving scenarios, addressing both the opportunities and challenges that arise from such dependency. We discuss the implications of an increasingly digitalized world where healthcare and financial decisions are often made remotely or delegated to caregivers. The findings of this research are valuable for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and technologists alike, as they provide data for those who are navigating the complexities of digital delegation in caregiving, considering the critical interplay between patient values and caregiver concerns. We add to the call for inclusive and empathetic policy frameworks that acknowledge and support the multifaceted roles of caregivers in our society.
Speaker Name: Dr. Pin Sym Foong
Institution: National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Bio: Dr. Foong is the Head of Design at the Telehealth Core, a research centre that supports and studies the development of patient-centred eHealth projects. She has a Masters in Human Computer Interaction Design and a PhD in Interactive Media. As an avid design practitioner, she brings more than a decade of international tech and startup experience to her teaching and academic research. She is part of the team that has attracted millions in funding for digital health solutions in chronic disease prevention, and more recently patient and caregiver support in planning for the end-of-life. Outside of work, she unwinds by baking, attempting YouTube recipes, and diving.
Online Zoom Link: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/4377335753?omn=84832209104