Vanessa visited London to research design thinking in digital health.
Photo 2: Alan Thomas - Rare Disease ePatient (Ataxia)
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Woman of substance - Director's Award - 2015
Vanessa won the director's award at the WOS (Woman of Substance) - Woman of the Year Awards held at Silverstar Casino. She was recognized for her contribution towards female entrepreneurship and community work.
The event was hosted by Edith Venter.
Vanessa owned an advertising business for 20 years. Due to her own patient experience, she diversified services to offer doctors websites with patient education and later focused on the ecosystem hcsmSA.org which made more sense in terms of web 3.0.
Drones in connected health
Drones will be used in health ecosystems to save time in emergency situations, such as ambulance arriving on scene through traffic. A camera and speaker make it possible to guide an individual on scene who needs to save a life. (Photo location: The Photo and Film expo, Johannesburg.)
First African to moderate a global health tweetchat
Vanessa was the first African to moderate a global health tweetchat for #Doctors20. Analytics from Symplur.com showed that her chat had the highest attendance and user interaction across Twitter during this hour globally.
Walking through Charlotte Maxeke Hospital with "Reconciliation"
Visiting the Wits University Surgical Society on Nelson Mandela day wearing her Walking Gallery Jacket. during the day several doctors and nurses were curious to know more about eHealth.
Member of the Walking Gallery - by Regina Holliday
Vanessa is the first African ePatient advocate in the famous Walking Gallery of Health Care. Her jacket represents the steps she had to take to reconstruct her face and the name of her jacket is 'Reconciliation." The gallery has close to 400 members internationally and all the members advocate for eHealth.
Cinderblocks (USA) - Honor Vanessa by lighting a candle
Vanessa won a scholarship from the Society for Participatory Medicine to attend Doctors 2.0 and You in Paris, 2015. This event ran concurrent with the Cinderblocks event in the USA. The members of the Walking Gallery lit a candle for Vanessa as they walked with their jackets to symbolize her presence.
600 page medical history
Vanessa spent six years through the medical-legal systems in South Africa and accumulated over 50 medical reports.
Vanessa's maxillofacial surgeon was able to reconstruct her facial bones using a 3D printed skull replica and titanium implants.
New York - 2015
Visiting New York to research how digital technology is being used on a daily basis. The trip included a visit to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to learn about design thinking which is being used to problem-solve in digital health application design.