EDMONTON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - A group of Albertans living with heart
failure will have their conditions monitored right from their homes as
part of an innovative pilot project. The pilot is a collaboration between the Alberta government, Alberta
Health Services and GE Canada.
"We know Albertans want to spend less time in hospital and more time at
home with their loved ones. That's why we're investing in initiatives
like this, that allow patients to manage chronic conditions from home
with the help of health care professionals," said Premier Alison
Redford. "Our government is committed to health care innovation to
provide better care, better outcomes and better value for Albertans."
The pilot, to be delivered through the Sherwood Park-Strathcona County
Primary Care Network, will target about 250 patients over the age of 50
who are living with heart failure. Patients who are enrolled in the
pilot will receive in-home technology developed by Intel-GE Care
Innovations™ that will collect vital information, engage patients in
their own care, and enable a team of health care practitioners to
manage the patient care remotely.
"This new technology brings health care right into the home and that
takes access and innovation to a whole new level," said Health Minister
Fred Horne. "Remote monitoring strengthens links between patients at
home and front-line primary care teams."
"This project incorporates innovation and technology to support our goal
to improve access for Albertans," said Dr. Chris Eagle, President and
CEO of Alberta Health Services. "This has the potential to provide
those living with chronic conditions with comprehensive virtual care
and also to explore a model of care which may lead to increased
capacity in the health care system."
"We are excited to be involved in this pilot project. Our PCN has a
history of using innovative technologies to enhance patient care, and
we look forward to leveraging the benefits of this technology for our
patients," said Dr. Moiz Ramji, Sherwood Park-Strathcona County Primary
"This pilot project is an excellent example of how working
collaboratively to develop and apply innovative in-home technology has
the potential to transform healthcare delivery in Alberta, nationally
and globally," said GE Canada president and CEO Elyse Allan.
"GE Healthcare strives to be at the forefront of the patient experience.
Home health technology paired with our leading IT and consulting
solutions will provide a unique GE Healthcare solution to help address
cost, quality and access, which are some of Alberta's toughest
healthcare challenges," said GE Healthcare Canada Vice-President and
General Manager Peter Robertson.
"Transforming healthcare requires user-centered innovation grounded in
real changes in business processes and clinical workflows, and we're
thrilled to see this happening in the MyHome Health program," said CEO
of Intel-GE Care Innovations™ Louis Burns. "Our technology platforms
are designed to enable this necessary care transformation, and we're
honoured to work with our Canadian partners to deliver more efficient
and patient-centric models of care into the home."
The pilot project will accept applications for the program later this
month, and after necessary approvals have been obtained. For more
information on this program and patient eligibility, please visit www.myhomehealthcanada.com or contact 1-855-413-8770.
Image with caption: "Premier Alison Redford and Christine Schelstraete, Virtual Care Nurse, MyHome Health Program participate in demonstration of the in-home technology supporting heart patients. (CNW Group/GE Healthcare)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130502_C2901_PHOTO_EN_26292.jpg
SOURCE: GE Healthcare
For further information:
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Minister of Health
To call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000.
Alberta Health Services
Sherwood Park-Strathcona County Primary Care Network