March 13, 2014
This week, the Centre was honoured to receive three CIHR Catalyst grants. One awarded as Principle Investigator (Dr. Emily Seto), and two others as co-investigators (Drs Seto and Cafazzo), for grants led by Dr. Jennifer Stinson (Hospital for Sick Children) and Dr. Alexander Logan (Mount Sinai Hospital).
The highly competitive peer-reviewed federal funding agency, CHIR awards grants to applications that help create new scientific knowledge that will strengthen the health care system for the benefit of Canadians.
With this grant, we can continue our work on Medly, a platform to help patients with multiple chronic illnesses manage their conditions. We hypothesize that our mHealth app for the management of multiple chronic conditions will be a cost-effective and scalable tool that will improve health outcomes and quality of life, while empowering and reassuring patients and their informal caregivers. This research is lead by the Centre’s Dr. Emily Seto in collaboration with other investigators at UHN.
Our second study supports a pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) on the effectiveness and feasibility of the PainSquad+ app. The PainSquad+ app provides adolescents with real-time pain management support and helps them manage their cancer pain, whatever setting they are in. This research is being lead by Dr. Jennifer Stinson at the Hospital for Sick Children in collaboration with the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation.
We are now expanding the feature set of our Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) app to include a medication reconciliation form. Patients with a complex condition like CKD are at high risk for problems related to their medications, which are often the result of miscommunication. We plan to engage the patient in this process to solve the issue and then study this app to test if it will decrease errors related to medications. We believe that if patients use this app to report their medications to their doctors, fewer errors will occur, which should eventually lead to reduced patient harm and healthcare use. We are continuing work on the development of this project, which is lead by Dr. Alexander Logan, at Mount Sinai Hospital.