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Save the date! The 2015 BCATPR Workshop will be held on June 15

We are pleased to announce that next year's BCATPR Workshop will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015 at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info on presenters and poster submissions!



Evidence shows virtual delivery of cardiac rehab program is effective

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Results from BCATPR’s Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation Program were recently published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The study found that, after 16 weeks in the program, patients improved their exercise capacity, diet and cholesterol levels. They also had fewer hospital visits than the usual care group. The program offered internet-based monitoring, education and support for heart disease patients living in remote areas of BC. Because only 10-30% of eligible patients tend to participate in in-person cardiac rehabilitation programs, virtual programs may be an important alternative for improving the health of patients with heart disease.



CIHR encourages partnerships in eHealth innovation through new funding program

CIHR is launching a new eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP) funding opportunity to support partnerships between Canadian health technology companies and innovation communities. Innovation communities are made up of researchers, clinicians, patients and decision makers. CIHR will be providing funding for the teams to co-develop and evaluate eHealth solutions for youth with mental health conditions or seniors with complex care needs. For more information on the initiative and grant opportunities, visit the eHIPP website.



Telehealth is enabling seniors to receive primary care throughout Vancouver Island

Island Health’s work to connect seniors with geriatricians via telehealth is featured in this month’s Canadian Healthcare Technology (see page 2). Vancouver Island is unique in having one of the oldest populations in Canada, with a majority of the population living outside of the main urban area. To manage senior health effectively, Island Health has now started using telehealth for initial consultations - not just follow-ups - such as cognitive testing, physical examinations and occupational therapy assessments. Improvements in remote diagnostic devices and optimization of the telehealth process for older patients and their providers has made this program possible.



New iPhone app uses personal coaches to manage health

A new mobile app, Vida, is offering personalized health coaching with aims to prevent or manage chronic disease. The app currently offers coaching in the areas of weight-loss, stress management, diabetes prevention and cholesterol and blood pressure reduction, with plans to expand to other chronic disease areas. For example, the company is also teaming up with cancer researchers to test whether the app could be an effective recovery tool following cancer treatments. Development of a cardiac rehab program is also under way.