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Chronic disease IT

Lawson, MedManager test chronic disease portal

LONDON, Ont. – Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson), and MedManager of Kitchener, Ont., have announced a research partnership to implement and evaluate patient portals for three chronic disease clinics – cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes, and prostate cancer.

MedManager’s ‘Live Well.Connected’ portals will provide access to education, management tools, and interactive support for the patients of London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) cardiac rehabilitation and prostate cancer programs, and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London’s diabetes clinic.

Patient portals will be an important component of the hospitals’ future Information Technology and services plan, and the project will provide helpful input to the strategy.

The evaluation of the portals is being led by Dr. Femida Gwadry-Sridhar, Director of I-THINK Research at Lawson. “Engaging patients in their own care is the future of healthcare and we need to determine what the best ways are to involve them – patient portals offer great potential,” says Dr. Gwadry-Sridhar.

LHSC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation & Secondary Prevention Program (CRSP) will leverage its portal to support patients following their completion of the current six-month in-clinic program. Dr. Neville Suskin, Medical Director of the CRSP, believes “the portal will help to address the post-discharge service gap of traditional cardiac rehabilitation programs by providing patients with ongoing access to education and self-monitoring tools, as well as peer support.”

At St. Joseph’s, the portal program will empower patients with self-management resources and tools, and allow endocrinologist Dr. Merrill Edmonds to review patient health summaries prior to and during appointments. “The My Diabetes Wellness Portal could greatly enhance patients’ ability to self-manage their condition, and enable our care team to access patients’ remotely-entered data such as blood glucose levels and to receive alerts about potential problems,” said Dr. Edmonds.

Dr. Glenn Bauman of LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program feels the portal will be potentially beneficial in providing patients with a new way to access information and support. “ProPortal is a unique resource for our patients to learn more about prostate cancer, to track their treatment progress, and to find online assistance from other patients and members of our care team,” noted Dr. Bauman.

MedManager President & CEO, Michael Cowan, believes that “patients will benefit from having access to laboratory test results from their clinic electronic health record, and the automated, proactive health management reminders that are triggered by that data.”

The portal project is being supported through funding from htx.ca -The Health Technology Exchange (HTX)’s Technology Assessment and Implementation Program, with the support of London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s, and MedManager. HTX program funding is made available through the support of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI).

About Lawson Health Research Institute
As the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, and working in partnership with The University of Western Ontario, Lawson Health Research Institute is committed to furthering scientific knowledge to advance health care around the world. For more information, visit www.lawsonresearch.com.

About MedManager Interactive Corporation
MedManager is Canada’s leading provider of Internet-based chronic disease management solutions and services. MedManager Live Well. Connected. portals provide individuals and healthcare professionals with online access to the educational, planning, monitoring, and communication tools needed to proactively and interactively manage chronic disease. MedManager’s health and chronic disease management portal is licensed as a Class II Medical Device by Health Canada and its quality system is certified to the ISO 13485 standard for medical devices. For more information please visit www.medmanager.ca.

Posted Dec. 24, 2009

 

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