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Staying connected: Integrating care at home with digital technology

February 19, 2018

By Michael Orszag and Jennifer Lee

This year, the WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV), will be evaluating a new healthcare app that gives patients with complex care needs access to easy video, audio and text messaging with caregivers in order to to stay connected from anywhere. With the healthcare app, patients also have 24-hour access to care plans and are able to interact with pharmacists to review and de-prescribe potentially harmful drug combinations.

Designed for use on a tablet, the aTouchAway platform is a secure communication and information sharing digital platform created by Aetonix Systems, an Ottawa-based health technology company that was founded in 2014.

Through the Health Technologies Fund, the provincial government is supporting 15 unique software and mobile health devices from across the province. Concepts range from real-time monitoring apps and software for diabetes and post-cardiac surgery patients, to a video sharing app for patients with spinal cord injuries that opens up access to coordinated care and treatment at home.

As part of a broader effort by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Ontario Centres of Excellence to support locally made health technology, WIHV has been selected to evaluate the tool for its clinical effectiveness. Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya, Jay Shaw, Rebecca Yang, Dara Gordon, Dr. Payal Agarwal, Laura Desveaux and Dr. Dan Cornejo Palma provided consultation on design and created an evaluation method to determine just how well the digital care delivery models work.

The pilot is being run by the integrated care coordination teams at Arnprior Regional Health and Winchester District Memorial Hospital, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd., Samsung Canada, Priority Business Services Inc. and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

If successful, the results of this pilot could inform how the healthcare apps can be implemented across the province – and offer patients digital healthcare solutions closer to home.

To learn more about what Women’s College Hospital is doing to close the Health Gaps visit www.thehealthgap.ca.



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