Tag: chronic disease

Future at the Top of the Pyramid: Enabling connected personal healthcare

Using technology to manage personal health care is not new, as most of us have pedometers, weighing scales etc., to regularly or occasionally check our progress.

For people with certain type of diseases there are variety of devices in the market to monitor glucose to blood pressure and what have you, to monitor the progress or digress from the recommended care plan.

What’s missing though, is that these devices are not connected to anyone – for example a care provider, a family member, care team – who are interested in the patient’s well being and care progress.

That’s where Continue Health Alliance , an alliance of more than 200 companies,  comes in – as stated in their mission – to enable an eco-system of interoperable personal health systems for that empower people & organizations to better manage their health and wellness.

Here is a video from Continua that shows the outcomes of a connected personal health care.

If it sounds like the StarTrek of personal healthcare, here is where Continua sees the opportunity in the cream of the pyramid (western world)

  • 1 billion adults overweight
  • 860 million chronic disease patients
  • 600 million elders age 60 or older
  • 75-85% of healthcare spending is on chronic disease management

And there are already few devices that are Continua certified which can connect to personal health record softwares like Microsoft’s HealthVault or ICW’s Life Sensor

More to come on the technology behind Continua certified products…

Proceedings from Ontario HIMSS meeting

Switching gears to information technology in healthcare, I attended the annual general meeting of Ontario chapter of HIMSS. It was great to meet friends and see some familiar faces in the industry and listen to interesting education sessions from the status of Electronic Medical Record(EMR) adoption in healthcare provider settings to a pilot chronic disease management project in Barrie, Ontario

The meeting was held in the lovely Sunnybrook Estates, which always enthralls me as I am a big fan of historic places and buildings.

Sunnybrook Estates
Sunnybrook Estates

Coming back to the sessions, most of the session was webcast and archived and you can find the webcast in the links below.

  • John Hoyt, Vice President Healthcare Organizational Services, HIMSS, who gave us the FIRST view of HIMSS Analytic results specific to Ontario


  • Trina Noonan, North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre, who presented on an exciting project CHRIS-Procura Integration Project, she hopes to present a first year update at our AGM 2010


  • Lee Miller, Director IT North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC and Florann Shaw, We Care, gave us a glimpse of the technology used to monitor patients’ health status remotely


  • Shelley Cameron, Barrie and Community Family Health Team who presented on a very successful Telehomecare chronic disease management pilot project with great potential.

I am going to elaborate on two specific sessions, especially the following sessions.

  1. John Hoyt, VP at HIMSS, who showed, for the first time, the status of EMR adoption in Ontario hospitals
  2. Shelley Cameron on telehomecare chronic disease management pilot project, which had very successful outcomes and has huge implications for chronic disease management in Ontario

Next time, I hope to see you at the Sunnybrook Estates and stay tuned for further posts on the two above.