"Prior to this innovative approach, high-risk patients newly diagnosed with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, had to invest significant time making regular visits to clinics or hospitals for health monitoring and disease education, which could limit their work and personal opportunities."
Derrick Jardine - CIO
Enables Health Care Organizations of All Sizes to Improve Treatment Outcomes by Delivering Self Management Tools to Patients
TORONTO/SAINT JOHN, N.B. – February 10, 2010 - AnyWare Group, a leading supplier of healthcare portals, today unveiled the latest release of the ROAM Patient Portal, an access solution that is used by hospitals, provincial healthcare organizations and doctors' offices for a wide range of applications including diabetes management, stroke prevention, smoking cessation and wellness initiatives. The new ROAM Patient Portal increases access to care and reduces medical costs by providing secure online tools that put the patient at the centre of care.
The ROAM Patient Portal gives patients the self-management tools needed to improve wellness and chronic disease outcomes. The patient portal now features a toolkit that allows users to track activity, exercise, BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Patients can set goals, track progress, record and trend risk factors, access their educational materials and communicate with their healthcare team. Healthcare providers can use the toolkit to engage patients through initiatives such as wellness challenges, educational programs and online support groups.
The New Brunswick Heart Centre recently launched a region-wide Atlantic Cardiovascular Health Improvement Challenge using the ROAM Patient Portal. Over 1,000 health care workers will be participating in a five-month-long workplace wellness initiative to see how much they can improve important health parameters such as cholesterol, weight, waist circumference and blood pressure through healthy eating habits and exercise.
Dr. Greg Searles, a Saint John-based cardiologist and leader of the challenge explains, “This program has the potential to impact lives in many ways. It will be a fun way to help improve the overall health of employees in the participating centres, and will hopefully inspire others to try and do the same.”
At least half of all consultations with family doctors and nearly three-quarters of all nights spent in hospital are attributed to Canadians with chronic health conditions.1 Healthcare providers can use the patient portal to proactively communicate with a large number of patients, and monitor risk factors, and offer information and training where required for their patient population. The online nature of the solution ensures access is available to all patients regardless of geography or time of day.
“Recent studies by the Health Council of Canada leave little doubt that the treatment of chronic disease represents the most pressing healthcare challenge for Canadians. Healthcare providers can use the portal to interact with patients in ways that are proven to be more effective,” says Robert Lalonde, CEO of AnyWare Group. “Studies show when patients are given the tools they need to manage their health, they can improve the quality of their lives.”
About AnyWare Group
Founded in 1999, AnyWare Group is a leading supplier of portal solutions for healthcare. The company's award-winning ROAM Platform enables secure access for patients and providers to healthcare applications and information from any device when they need it. Through the ROAM portal, overall healthcare outcomes are improved. Providers are given the information they need to work more efficiently while patients receive the tools needed to effectively self manage their conditions. More information is available at www.AnyWareGroup.com.
(1) Health Council of Canada. (2007). Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Learning from Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions. Toronto: Health Council.