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    RF05 - Consumer Digital Health Partnership (ID 27)

    • Event: e-Health 2018 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Rapid Fire Session
    • Track: Clinical Delivery
    • Presentations: 1
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      RF05.03 - Managing Chronic Disease with Digital Health – A National Update (ID 211)

      C. Frazer, Consumer Health & Innovation, Canada Health Infoway; Toronto/CA

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      Purpose/Objectives: The Canadian healthcare system faces a number of pressures that increasingly threaten its ability to provide high quality, universal care for all Canadians. Among these is the fact that Canadians are living longer than ever before and with increasing prevalence rates of chronic disease. Evidence suggests that digital health solutions have the power to enable the necessary transformations to ensure the sustainability of Canada’s healthcare system. A key aspect of understanding the potential benefits to be realized lies in understanding how these digital health tools are being used in today’s current environment to help Canadian’s manage their chronic conditions, and in identifying opportunities to scale what is working well.

      Methodology/Approach: An environmental scan was commissioned to examine what digital health solutions are currently available and in use by Canadians diagnosed with chronic disease. The scan, which will complete in January 2018, includes a focus on identifying what chronic diseases are covered by the solution(s); who is offering the solution (e.g. provider, agency, institution); any partnerships that may exist alongside the solution offering; a listing of information and/or services offered through the solution; and a description of how users (e.g. patients, providers, organizations/associations etc.) interact / engage with the solution. An overall assessment of the environmental scan findings will identify commonalities in approach and service offerings, with an aim to understand aspects that are best meeting Canadians’ needs and that could be scaled nationally.

      Finding/Results: More than one in five Canadian adults live with one of four major chronic diseases and nearly seven percent have been diagnosed with at least two of the top five major chronic diseases. There are varieties of ways in which Canadians use digital health solutions to help self-manage chronic conditions, and these are not necessarily connected or coordinated across an individual’s care continuum. The results of the environmental scan will help to identify opportunities to synthesize a common approach for chronic disease management in Canada.

      Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations: Results from an environmental scan of adopted digital chronic disease management solutions indicate that these solutions can improve health, enhance quality, increase access to care and reduce health systems costs. A coordinated, common approach will remove duplicity of effort while providing a consistent ‘look and feel’ to enhance the user experience for those Canadians managing one or more chronic diseases. It will also facilitate improved sharing of information between patients, providers and caregivers, and support improved ability to self-manage health conditions. These findings will be shared in an energetic, rapid-fire style format and will identify opportunities for a common, national approach for chronic disease management.

      140 Character Summary: This presentation will share results from a national environmental scan of adopted digital chronic disease management solutions.

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