The Caregiver’s Toolbox is written by Carolyn Hartley and Peter Wong, two experts in the health care field who met while working on a WEDI report on the state of IT adoption in the United States. Selected to co-chair the Patient Engagement workgroup, Ms. Hartley met adviser, Peter Wong and learned about his long standing commitment to support families and caregivers navigate through health care industry.
Peter from his personal experiences has been helping families for the past 20 years with compassionate care. Some of the topic areas have been financial, ethical, and spiritual decisions caregivers must make as they make life decisions about their loved ones. He brings a rich background in risk management decision making to help clients make caregiving decisions.
Carolyn Hartley’s company, Physicians EHR, educates health care professionals on electronic health record system designs and data decisions that will help improve clinical communication with patients, families, payers, and regulatory agencies. She founded her company in 2003 after medical misdiagnoses complicated her brother’s battle with pancreatic cancer.
She is an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), recipient of the distinguished Silver Anvil Award for strategic communications, and recipient of the Friend of the Points of Light Foundation award for her work leading family-focused volunteer campaigns.
Carolyn holds an undergraduate degree in education and a Master of Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in medical anthropology and philosophy from Baker University.
Two of her heroes are the spouses who cared for her brother and sister diagnosed with aggressive cancers. From them, she received field experience so that she could be the caregiver to her mother and father. The 21st Century Caregiver’s Toolbox comes from her Christian heart, from hands-on experience, and from the straight talk and prayers shared with family and friends. She and her husband, Chris, have four children and six grandchildren.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from Memphis State University with a degree in Marketing. He is part of the Charlotte (NC) Metro Electronic Crimes Task Force / U.S. Secret Service, a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church and has served on the Alabama Board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life Charlotte/Lake Norman/Cabarrus County Committees. He is married to his wife Nancy for more than 25 years and has two children, Anna and Daniel.