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Long-term care

Retirement village adopts health record portal

WATERLOO, Ont. – After a successful pilot testing phase, Luther Village on the Park retirement community in Waterloo, Ont. is adopting MedManager’s health and chronic disease wellness portal as its primary resident healthcare management program.

Since April 2007, Luther Village has utilized MedManager’s portal to engage and care for residents living with diabetes and heart failure. Now, Luther Village and MedManager will implement the next generation of the portal to create a health record and care plan for all residents, which will be based on intake and assessment tools incorporated into the online system.

Initially, staff will utilize the system, enabling multi-disciplinary collaboration and timely access to important resident health information. In 2011, independent residents will be offered a secure personal account where they can access their health record and a suite of modules for chronic disease management.

Other tools will facilitate secure communication between the resident and the Luther Village healthcare team, their informal caregivers, and their peers. Residents can log into their account at the Luther Village Wellness Centre, private residence, or anywhere they have access the Internet.

“We understand the importance of providing an environment where residents can enjoy good health and participate in activities and services that will maximize their wellness. We believe that the MedManager team and portal will help us achieve that goal,” said Jennifer Hesson, Director of Seniors Services at Luther Village. “In 2008, the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors (OANHSS) honoured us with their innovation Award in recognition of the diabetes pilot project we did with MedManager,” added Hesson.

“The Luther Village experience has demonstrated that age is not a widespread barrier to the adoption of online health management programs. We are very excited about Luther Village’s healthcare team and residents benefiting from our portal,” said Michael Cowan, President and CEO of MedManager.

According to the Health Council of Canada, nearly 75% of people aged 65 and over live with at least one chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

About MedManager Interactive Corp.
MedManager is a leading provider of Internet-based, chronic disease management solutions and services. MedManager 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. For more information please visit www.MedManager.ca.

About Luther Village on the Park
Operated by Lutherwood, Luther Village on the Park is a retirement community in Waterloo serving close to 500 residents aged 55 and older. In a safe and caring environment, residents can enjoy an active, independent lifestyle with easy access to friends and a variety of services provided on-site. For more information, please visit www.luthervillage.org.



Posted January 13, 2011

 

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