Derek Risling MSc, EMBA is a Senior Project Manager with over 15 years' experience in the technology sector and doctoral student in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. In both his work and academic pursuits,Mr. Risling has maintained a strong focus on data analytics,human / computer interactions, and software design. Understanding the mechansims behind patient empowerment through health IT applications sits perfectly at the intersection of these interests. While advancing his IT experience and employment, Mr. Risling has spent the last several years engaged in graduate study. With two masters degrees completed, he has recently begun his doctoral study with a focus on exploring elements of patient empowerment, activation, and engagement in health IT design. Mr. Risling has partnered in additional academic endeavours and has been an essential team member on several funded grants and publications.