A Personal Message from the Founder
Thank you for visiting our website and reading my story.
Until 2015 I was healthy and active. I never had any serious health issues nor surgeries. I dared to even consider myself lucky. But everything changed suddenly in May 2015. It started with a mild indigestion that wouldn’t go away. The pain was getting worse and I had to go to the ER at one of the top hospitals in Boston. The doctor in the ER did not listen as I tried to explain the symptoms and signs I had been experiencing during the last two weeks. The hospital discharged me with no diagnosis. I went home in pain and disbelief, not knowing what was wrong with me. Over the weekend I wasn't feeling better and was desperate for a diagnosis and treatment. It took me two hours Monday morning to get a same day appointment with a specialist at another hospital. This time the doctor listened, looked at me while consulting (not at the computer screen or charts) and within a few minutes sent me urgently to the ER for a CT scan. The scan revealed my critical acute condition and in less then an hour I was on my way to the operating room. It was a long and successful operation followed by a prolonged recovery period. The correct diagnosis is the reason I’m alive today and able to resume my normal life. I believe that had I been better prepared for the first visit to the ER, I would have been more articulate and coherent regarding my symptoms. Instead I was frightened and confused.
I'm very thankful to the doctor who listened and partnered with me to arrive at the correct diagnosis. My traumatic experience drove me to read about misdiagnosis and patient engagement. To my surprise this is a problem with a significant impact on people's lives. At least 80,000 people die or suffer permanent injury in America annually due to misdiagnosis. The numbers are similar in Europe.
It's important to be prepared, informed and join the healthcare provider who you entrust your health with, in finding the best treatment options. Helping others avoid my experience is what drove me to start Health Vector and I'm joined by a team of inspired and talented individuals to bring this vision to life. My dream is to see everyone take charge of health information and when the time comes find the best treatment by partnering with clinicians. It is possible and within our reach. So reach out and stay in control of your health information. Co-write the diagnosis narrative with your doctor.