The future is nigh in terms of health care as a Simon Fraser University professor is developing a website to help give patients living with diabetes, heart, kidney and lung diseases the tools to manage their own health - all with the click of a mouse.
Scott Lear, in collaboration with the B.C. health authorities, is working on a computer program called My Health Connect, which aims to help patients monitor their health through various innovative methods.
"Our program is designed to help patients keep track of their own health, and receive coordinated care through a team-based approach between the My Health Connect nurse, patient and their local physicians," Lear said in a press release.
Lear is looking for interested folks to participate in the next stage of the study.
The website works through a computer algorithm, where if a value - such as blood pressure, weight or sugar levels - falls outside an individual's normal range, an alert is sent to a designated nurse who then telephones the patient and gives advice.
"Since patients manually enter the data, no specialized equipment is necessary," the press release states. "The program also provides access to dietitian and exercise specialist support."
The program hopes to ease the strain at hospitals created by patients suffering from a chronic disease.
It also offers the chance for those living in small urban and rural areas easier access to care that is normally limited to larger city centres, the release states.
"Given the program's coordination with the patient's doctor, it's anticipated My Health Connect will prevent disease progression, reduce the need for patient travel for care and keep patients out of hospital," the release states. "Early studies have indicated that disease risk factors can be reduced through Internet-based programs."
To learn more about participating in the study, visit bcatpr.ca/icdm.
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