Aetonix Accepted into unique Canadian Technology Accelerator program in Boston (CTA Boston) Massachusetts

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August 14, 2018 | Ottawa, ON: Aetonix Systems is excited to announce that we have been accepted into an exclusive accelerator program for innovative Canadian businesses expanding into international markets.
The Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston, (CTA Boston) Massachusetts, connects a select number of emerging Canadian companies to US clients, strategic partners, investors, and global Canadian executives, to accelerate and drive the growth of their businesses.

As one of only seven organizations accepted in the Fall 2018 cohort, Aetonix will be participating in the unique business acceleration residency program that includes workspace at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Kendall Square in Cambridge. It is the only Accelerator of its kind offering a unique team mentoring approach from the Canadian Mentoring Service, a partnership between the Consulate General of Canada in Boston and the Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England (CENE), and which comprises over 100 accomplished mentors.

Participating companies come from across Canada in a variety of industries, including: information and communication technologies; healthcare – including biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics, scientific research tools and enabling technologies, and digital health; advanced manufacturing; robotics; clean tech; and emerging food technologies. In addition to office space and individualized mentor teams, participating companies also receive introductions to local industry leaders, venture capitalists, and other key resources.

“We are so honoured and proud to have been accepted into this program” said Michel Paquet, Founder & CEO of Aetonix Systems. “Aetonix has been seeing a lot of interest in our platform aTouchAway – especially from large American care organizations, hospitals and insurers. By having a physical presence and the networking opportunities that CTA Boston provides, we will be better positioned to really step-up our presence in this important market. Providers in the US healthcare system have recognized the significant efficiencies in adopting digital health technologies and are moving very quickly to improve the patient experience for patients with multiple-chronic conditions or complex care needs”.

To date, companies in the CTA Boston program have raised $58+ million in capital, increased revenues by $29+ million, developed 230+ strategic partnerships and created 200+ jobs.
For more information or media inquiries, please contact Aetonix Systems at,; or call us at 1 855 561 4591.

About the Canadian Technology Accelerator
The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) gives Canadian start-ups access to key resources in major cities across the United States. Through client acquisition, mentoring and introduction to business contacts, CTA companies develop a local footprint, and accelerate their growth. CTAs are located in Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley. Funded by the Government of Canada, the program is operated by the Trade Commissioner Service in collaboration with key local partners.

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Objective: To complete a thorough needs assessment / initial evaluation for a COPD patient of an outpatient clinic

Actors: Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT, the Physician could also be the educator)
Timelines: One 60-90 min session with the Educator.

  • This protocol should be established for all COPD patients from a given clinic, independently of whether they are new patients or they are known to the clinic. This protocol is the basis to engage the patient into other protocols such as education, exacerbation follow-up, etc.
  • We need to identify patient goals/concerns to guide the interventions
  • A thorough evaluation is carried on, with the objective of understanding where the patient is on their disease journey and follow-up treatable traits: dyspnea, exacerbation or dyspnea and exacerbation.
  • It includes the use of objective questionnaires such as the mMRC, CAT, HADS, Frailty Scale, etc.
  • Identify if the patient needs to be referred to other resources (e.g. Physiotherapist, social worker, occupational therapist)
  • Once Onboarding is completed, the patient continues to the COPD Education workflow
Objective: To cover in depth all the necessary elements of self-management education as per the LWWCOPD, with priorities based on patient goals and identified treatable traits

Actors: Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT or Physician)

Timelines: A number of “Core” educational modules have been identified which cover the basic COPD education from the LWWCOPD program. Additionally, optional modules can be used to respond to patient needs. The timeline (frequency, number of modules to be covered at a given education session) is fully customizable, although we recommend to have education sessions every 2-weeks during the “active” phase of education. Once this is completed, the patient continues to the Maintenance Mode (see below).

  • Launched at the onboarding protocol
  • Provide basic overview of COPD self-management based on LWWCOPD (medication adherence, inhaler techniques, PLB breathing technique & energy conservation) up to the development of an Action plan for early exacerbation recognition and management.
  • Prioritize self-learning by the patient (e.g. watching videos, reading educational materials, completing homework) in addition to live sessions with the Educator. Educational materials are sent to the patient directly via the platform, and become the patient’s own library. The Educator can customize which “homework” the patient receives.
  • Educators have access to “User guides” to standardise their educational intervention. These user guides include: objectives, interventions, suggested questions, evaluation of self-efficacy, and learning contracts for each module.
  • Once the core education is completed, the patient can continue to
  • The Respiratory Status Follow-up Workflow (run in parallel)
The Maintenance Mode:
  • As soon as the maintenance mode is engaged, the frequency of visits Educator/Patient is reduced to once every 6 months.
  • During the Maintenance Mode sessions, the educator has access to all the education modules and can choose any piece of content that needs to covered with the patient. 
  • A streamlined evaluation (similar to the initial eval.) is done during each “maintenance” visit to identify any substantial changes on the patient’s needs that will require some adjustment. The patient could come back to an “active” education mode (more frequent education sessions, e.g. every 2 weeks).
Objective: Monitoring of stable patients from a clinic in order to identify early any aggravation of symptoms (exacerbation) and implement an action plan

Actors: Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT or Physician)

Timelines: Scheduled regular automated follow-up to the patient symptoms. Intensity/Frequency can be adjusted by the Educator depending on patient needs (e.g. daily, every week, etc.). Ongoing through the year.

  • Launch: Patients who have completed the Core Educational including setting-up an action plan.
  • Regular automated questions allow to identify any change in patient’s symptoms and severity.
  • If an exacerbation is detected the patient gets a reminder to engage their self-management strategies while waiting for the Educator to call back.
  • An alarm is generated for the Educator, so they immediately call back the patient. At this call they will evaluate any further intervention required and schedule additional follow-up.