July 18, 2018

Why is telehealth adoption in the United States so far ahead of Canada’s?

What if you didn’t have to travel 3 hours for a specialist appointment? What if mobility issues didn’t have to prevent you from attending check-ups with your physician? Canada and the United States have been working on finding solutions to these challenges for chronic and acute patients. Providing Care to Rural Areas Approximately 1 in 5 Americans live in rural areas,
July 4, 2018

Patient Goal Setting: Encouraging Proactive Self-Care

It’s no secret that health care in Ontario is becoming more patient-centred. The province’s action plan for health care, Patient’s First, was enacted in 2015. In the time since, a significant shift has occurred. Now more than ever before, people are at the centre of the care they receive. What does that mean? For many, “patient-centred” sounds like yet another health care
June 27, 2018

Getting Care Teams Involved With New Communication Technology

If you’re involved in coordinating the care of complex patients, you know how crucial communication is. It’s something we talk about a lot on this blog, and for good reason. Today, technology makes communication easier than ever before. The click of a key or the tap of a screen can connect two people across the globe. Videoconferencing makes it possible
June 13, 2018

Top Benefits of Using a Mobile App for COPD Home Monitoring

June 5, 2018

How Telehealth Helps Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

It’s a concerning 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 own
May 29, 2018

Helping COPD patients BREATHE easily

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is described as a group of respiratory diseases that can result in shortness of breath, chronic coughing, wheezing, weight loss, and more. More than 90% of people with COPD are smokers or used to smoke, and the disease is becoming more and more frequently diagnosed in Canada over the last few years. In fact, COPD is currently the
May 23, 2018

Public vs. Private Hospitals – Why Go Private?

Privately operated clinics have their pros and cons. On one side, being able to skip the typical long hospital wait list and be seen within days can be extremely convenient. On the other – it comes with a cost. There are over 100 private clinics across Canada that are typically run independently by physicians/surgeons who charge patients hundreds or thousands of dollars
May 15, 2018

4 Reasons to Attend eHealth 2018

The annual eHealth conference is approaching quickly and will be taking place in the beautiful Vancouver, Canada. With over 1500 attendees and a full schedule of over 250 presenters, this conference is the place to be for those with a passion for improving health technology. Healthcare leaders and enthusiasts will be attending from across the country for the unique opportunity to make
May 9, 2018

Using ambulatory anesthesia to improve the patient experience

This is the fourth and final article in a series written by the Women’s College Hospital. We have chosen to repost these blog posts as they demonstrate how our app, aTouchAway, is being used in their new ambulatory joint replacement program. The program allows patients to recover from surgery from the comfort of home – being discharged the same day
May 1, 2018

Using virtual technology to maximize patient and provider interaction after surgery

This week’s blog is featuring an article written by one of our clients. We are grateful for the opportunity to work together with the Women’s College Hospital as part of their new ambulatory joint replacement surgery program. Patients typically stay in the hospital for up to three days after a knee surgery. This program allows patients to recover from same-day
April 24, 2018

4 Reasons to Attend OCE Discovery

With OCE Discovery just a week away, it’s not too late to make plans to attend. Healthcare leaders and innovators from across Ontario are looking forward to two days full of knowledge sharing and networking. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence, OCE Discovery is an annual conference held in Toronto. The conference brings together investors, members from the health industry
April 19, 2018

Monitoring Chronic Conditions with Home Health Monitoring Devices

Having multiple illnesses or conditions to manage can be exhausting. It’s even more challenging for healthcare professionals who are tasked with caring for many of these patients at once. Fortunately, it is possible for even the most complex patients to be more proactive with their health. Whether they’re recovering from surgery or dealing with a chronic illness, there are various
April 13, 2018

3 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Reducing readmissions is no easy task. Studies show that 1 in 12 Canadians will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged – that’s a lot of money and time spent that could be avoided. Patients could be readmitted for multiple reasons, ranging from poor discharge planning to a failure to comply with post-operative instructions. Fortunately, there
April 3, 2018

Managing Post-Operative Care at Home: How Technology Can Help

March 27, 2018

Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions – Why is it so Complicated?

Chronic illnesses are on the rise – at an increase of around 14% per year. A growth in the population of seniors in Canada combined with a limited amount of resources and availability shows this number will continue to grow. A complex patient can be defined as someone with multiple chronic conditions. Unfortunately, providing care to complex patients is no easy