Changing lives with Health Informatics

My name is Parisa Soraya and I'm an alumni
of the Masters of Health Informatics program at the University of Michigan. I am now running my own start up that I started
while doing my degree called Find Your Ditto. We connect people living with the same chronic
illness locally for on-demand in-person peer support. I've always been interested in chronic illness
patients, they live with these conditions all their lives, there's usually no cure –
It was the beginning of my masters and I interviewed my now co-founder, Brianna, I was inspired
by her story, she was a senior at the University of Michigan and she had gone four years without
finding someone else living with her conditions. We interviewed more patients and caregivers
and we found that this is a huge problem. One of our very first pilots, another student
living with the same conditions as Brianna signed up and we looked at each other and
were like, why is this not in place everywhere? And that's why we're doing what we're doing. Right now we are dealing with a lot of people
from other parts of the country wanting this, and giving us their stories of how they are
just so isolated, and that's also driving us to just move quickly and get this to be
across the nation.

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