Molly Davidson

January 25, 2018

4 Chronic Conditions—and Their Coordination Challenges

Coordinating a patient’s care is never simple. But when more than one chronic disease is involved, the task becomes especially complex. If you’re a care coordinator, connecting clients to services to help manage their comorbid conditions is a big part of your job. Providing this support is about more than understanding chronic diseases individually. It means cultivating extensive knowledge on
January 18, 2018

5 Challenges for Complex Care Coordinators in Rural Areas

Care coordination is a difficult job under any circumstances. That said, working in rural areas can be especially challenging. Complex patients living outside of city centers face the same health issues as their urban counterparts. Unfortunately, their difficulties are often compounded by their distance from healthcare resources. If you’re a rural care coordinator, narrowing this distance is one of the
January 11, 2018

How to Help an Elderly Loved One—Without Being Intrusive

If you’re worried about an elderly loved one, your first instinct is probably to step in and help. But what happens when the person you care about doesn’t want your help? How do you contribute to the safety, health, and happiness of a family member who sees your efforts as invasive?  It’s tough to balance, but often, finding out why
December 7, 2017

4 Tips: Connecting With an Elderly Parent Using aTouchAway

Are you concerned about your elderly parent’s wellbeing? Aging can create a multitude of personal challenges. It’s natural to worry about how your loved one is navigating them—especially when you can’t be there to help out in person. Luckily, digital technology can improve your parent’s quality of life—and put your mind at ease. If your mom is feeling lonely, a
December 5, 2017

3 Ways Telehealth Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

It’s an alarming statistic. A study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that 1 in 12 patients is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged. In hospitals, physicians and nurses can monitor patients continuously. Unfortunately, care-related challenges are often compounded in less-controlled environments. At home, patients play a much larger role in managing their
November 16, 2017

How Digital Health is Making a Difference in 3 Care Settings

It’s Digital Health Week, and we at Aetonix are in the mood to celebrate. Each year, technological advances make healthcare delivery more convenient and efficient. Innovation makes medical information more accessible for health professionals, as well as patients and their families. But what does this progress look like? And where is it making the biggest difference? Digital health isn’t just
November 14, 2017

4 Video Stories for Digital Health Week

From November 13-18, it’s Digital Health Week—a time for Canadians to celebrate progress in digital healthcare technology. Canada Health InfoWay has joined organizations across the country to create and promote events exploring this important subject. Healthcare professionals, sector leaders, and digital health supporters are also encouraged to get involved online. At Aetonix, we know that digital technology can lead to
November 9, 2017

3 Facts for Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

In 2015, British Columbia—along with the Metis Nation British Columbia and BC First Nations Summit—dedicated the month of November to Indigenous people with disabilities. Since then, the Assembly of First Nations, the Council of Yukon First Nations, and the province of Saskatchewan have all followed suit. From a healthcare perspective, this declaration is significant. Indigenous people in Canada face unique
November 2, 2017

4 Must Reads for Patient Safety Week

There are many qualities that distinguish high-quality patient care. It should be responsive, timely, and carefully coordinated (to name a few). We’d also put “safe” high up on the list. The truth is, we take it for granted that patients are safe—whether they’re being cared for in a hospital, long term care facility, or at home. But safety in healthcare
October 26, 2017

Ontario’s New Health Care Announcement: Is It Enough?

Earlier this week, Ontario’s health minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that the province is making 1,200 more hospital beds available across Ontario. Of course, news that hospitals can take on more patients is always greeted with enthusiasm. But Monday’s announcement was also aimed at another crucial part of many patients’ care journeys: transitioning back into the community. Specifically, the new funding
October 13, 2017

4 Aging in Place Challenges Your Parent May Face at Home

Is your aging parent dealing with worsening health, mobility, or cognitive issues? If the answer is yes, it’s natural to be worried. And if your mom or dad lives alone, then your worry probably takes up a good deal of mental energy. Today, many older adults who face aging-related challenges are choosing to continue living independently. There’s a term for
September 28, 2017

How To Support a Loved One Who’s in Long-Term Care

Placing a loved one in a long-term care can be a difficult process. The realization that a facility is the best place for your spouse or parent can bring on feelings of sadness, anxiety, and guilt. Unfortunately, these feelings probably won’t disappear immediately. Once the one you love enters a long-term care home, you’re bound to continue worrying. The good
September 21, 2017

4 Ways to Build Family Support for Patients Via Mobile App

If you’re a care coordinator, you pride yourself on the connections you form with patients. As a result, you may be hesitant to use new technology to communicate with them. After all, it’s often the ability to reach out and touch somebody that means the most. A patient’s family members may have similar concerns. The brother and daughter who can’t
August 31, 2017

4 Posts that Prove Telehealth is Far From Dead

Is telehealth dead? The question isn’t new. In recent years, many health care commentators have proclaimed the demise of telehealth. We find this odd, given that experts continue to forecast explosive growth. Consider this Accenture report from 2016, which predicts that telehealth will be a billion dollar industry by 2018 in the United states. This finding came as no surprise to
August 24, 2017

4 Aetonix Posts Care Coordinators Need to Read Today

In Ontario and across Canada, home care landscapes are changing. The needs of patients are shifting, and frontline practitioners are being confronted by a whole lot of new challenges. At Aetonix, we regularly explore what these changes mean for care coordinators. Compared to most health care professionals, care are coordinators fill a relatively new role. If you occupy one of these