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BCATPR in the news

The Province recently featured a multi-part eHealth series on B.C.’s electronic health revolution. Dr. Scott Lear and BCATPR’s MyHealthConnect chronic disease management platform were featured as part of the series. Other stories included coverage of Medeo - an online app for visiting doctors over the internet, various health monitoring apps, electronic medical record advancements and failures, health data policy, genetic testing, personalized medicine and the future of health care.

Dr. Scott Lear was additionally featured in the Vancouver Sun
for BCATPR’s involvement in the development of RACE (Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise). The program lets doctors access specialist advice quickly via telephone and is in use throughout Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions.

New BCATPR evaluation projects

Participant Recruitment Outcome (PRO) study

BCATPR’s Yuriko Araki, under the supervision of Drs. Scott Lear and Joanna Bates, is currently conducting interviews as a post-implementation evaluation of participant recruitment for our Virtual Heart Failure Clinic and MyHealthConnect (Internet-based Chronic Disease Management) studies. The main purpose of the evaluation is to explain the different levels of patient participation in the two studies and compile "lessons learned" from a variety of stakeholders. The findings will be analyzed in the next two months.

Evaluating the cost and effectiveness of Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs (vCRP)

BCATPR and Canada Health Infoway are collaborating to evaluate the scalability of the vCRP. The final report will include results and findings from the vCRP study, along with other relevant data to identify where vCRP can be leveraged for future implementation and expansion. The BCATPR portion of the team comprises of Dr. Scott Lear, Dr. Davina Banner-Lukaris, Yuriko Araki, Kaitey Vincent and Josh MacIver. We expect the final results to be available in early 2014.

Data & Infographics: Current global telehealth and mobile use trends

Healthcare is shifting to a more telehealth-oriented focus, shows an infographic recently published by The Healthcare Intelligence Network. The findings were based on 2013 market data. The main findings show that the use of land lines has decreased substantially over the last few years, and organizations are opting for smartphones, videoconferencing and online technologies. However, telephone advice lines are still among the top used clinical applications (remote monitoring is number one). The top 5 telehealth targets include heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, COPD and mental health.

Another interesting infographic shows the rates of smartphone-use globally: how it has grown over the years, the most popular platforms, operating systems and browsers, and mobile usage data.

Finally, this article breaks down time spent on the internet in the US by device, gender and type of content. The stats show that women are spending more internet time on smartphones and tablets than on PCs, which is in line with other findings showing that people are opting for mobile technology over PCs and laptops.

Digital health conference highlights

Sanotron’s 2nd annual INTERFACE Summit was held on October 9 – 11 in Vancouver. The event’s aim is to connect digital health innovators and to share new technologies arising in the field of health, wellness and healthcare. Highlights included pill sensors to improve medication adherence, tablets designed specifically to help elderly people connect with their doctors and manage their health online, and a video game designed by Ayogo Health in collaboration with B.C. Children’s Hospital to help kids monitor their activity levels.


Health 2.0 hosts digital health conferences around the world, and they have over 1000 videos from these conferences available on their website for public viewing.