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Walk10Blocks, an arthritis app by BCATPR member Dr. Linda Li

Walk10Blocks app screenshot


A team of arthritis researchers, led by BCATPR member Dr. Linda Li, developed the Walk10Blocks app to help people meet their basic daily exercise requirement. Research has shown that walking 10 blocks a day, about 1 km or 0.6 miles, may help delay or minimize risk of dementia and help improve cardiovascular and joint health over time. Using Apple's ResearchKit platform, the app was designed to help adults set reasonable walking goals and get off the couch with the help of motivating, friendly alerts. Results will be available soon.

Dr. Li discusses Walk10Blocks and other arthritis care apps developed by her research team in this article by University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences. Featured is also UBC's Dr. Michael Krausz, working in the area of online mental health care. 

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Rural U.S. communities are looking to Canada as a model for improving care


Hospitals in rural areas across the United States have been closing doors for a number of reasons, including economic and demographic. To keep healthcare accessible to Americans in these areas, some healthcare systems have begun to emulate the Canadian model of providing quality Internet access throughout remote regions to support smaller clinics running via telehealth.


Telehealth support for BC's new mental health and addictions facility at Riverview Hospital

BC mental health and addictions centre

Image credit: Province of British Columbia CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Greater Vancouver’s mental health facility, Riverview Hospital, is set to reopen again after several years of closure. Plans for the new state-of-the-art mental health and addictions centre will include telehealth support to enable team-based care and communication between health providers across the province.




Consumer education could improve telehealth uptake


While provider uptake of telehealth has been improving, a survey by Avizia shows that consumers' lack of knowledge prevents them from accessing the services. For example, most consumers were unsure about coverage for and what to expect of telehelath services. Furthermore, there is a gap between how patients perceive their telehealth experience will be (most would prefer in-person visits) and how they feel after actually using it. Consumer education may be the solution to bridging these gaps.




Digital health: the year in review


This article examines the year's momentous occasions and growing pains for digital health, including record-setting investments, cyber attacks, EHR lawsuits, U.S. reimbursement complications and new FDA regulations.