Chronic disease management
Portal for chronic disease promotes
KITCHENER, Ont. – St. Mary’s
General Hospital will be leveraging the Internet to provide people with
chronic disease greater access to the information and services needed
for optimal health.
The St. Mary’s Chronic Disease Wellness Portal, developed in
collaboration with MedManager Interactive Corporation, will assist
multidisciplinary care givers at St. Mary’s to link with hospital
clients who are living with diabetes, heart failure, asthma or COPD.
The portal will give participants who are registered in some of St.
Mary’s chronic disease programs access to a range of educational,
planning, data management, and communication tools that promote improved
self-care. St. Mary’s healthcare staff will have the ability to monitor
and interact with their clients and provide the proactive assistance
required to maximize long-term wellness.
“Chronic disease affects a growing number of people in our community and
St. Mary’s is committed to adopting innovative technology and healthcare
practices to ensure our patients can conveniently connect with the
information and interactive support they need to be well,” said Don
Shilton, Vice President of Patient Services at St. Mary’s.
St. Mary’s partnership with MedManager began several years ago with a
clinical trial of the original portal technology involving clients of
the hospital’s diabetes education centre. Patients utilizing the
diabetes portal experienced a decrease in their A1C, a measure of
longer-term blood sugar control, and their triglycerides, a component of
an individual’s cholesterol profile.
Other positive outcomes included “Internet” patients feeling more
satisfied with their diabetes care. Healthcare staff assigned to the
portal group achieved greater service delivery capacity, in terms of the
number of patients that could be managed through remote monitoring. The
positive results of the year-long trial were published in the Canadian
Journal of Diabetes in December 2006.
“The new Chronic Disease Wellness Portal builds on the successful trial
model and we anticipate that the wellness and efficiency improvements
noted in the trial will carry over to other chronic disease
populations,” said MedManager President and CEO Michael Cowan. The
multi-disease state portal incorporates significant input from St.
Mary’s healthcare staff, who Cowan considers “true champions of
“St. Mary’s chronic disease patient portal is an excellent example of
healthcare innovation in our region, and an important component and
model for our future eHealth initiatives,” added Dr. Glenn Holder,
eHealth Lead for the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration
The diabetes and heart failure management features of the portal will
launch this month and the respiratory features will follow in July.
About St. Mary’s General Hospital
St. Mary’s General Hospital is an adult, acute-care hospital that
delivers innovative, excellent, care to the residents of Waterloo Region
and beyond. St. Mary’s is also home to the Regional Cardiac Care Centre.
The hospital continues to live the Mission of its founders, the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Hamilton by providing compassionate care with dignity
and respect in a healing environment.
St. Mary’s is a member of St. Joseph’s Health Care System, and
affiliated with the Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre and McMaster
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.
MedManager’s online diabetes and cardiac disease management system is
licensed as a Class II Medical Device by Health Canada. MedManager’s
quality management system is certified to the ISO 13485 standard for
medical devices. MedManager Interactive Corporation is a privately-held
company. For more information please visit