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BCATPR Workshop 2016: The ins and outs of privacy and security for managing patient care


June 13, 2016

11:30am - 4:30pm
St. Paul’s Hospital

Register today!
$35 regular / $25 students, lunch included

Poster presenters, submit an abstract by Monday, April 11

BCATPR Workshop Presentations

Join us for the annual workshop that brings together health professionals, researchers and industry leaders to discuss emerging trends in telehealth.

This year’s theme will focus on privacy and security, and their implication in the booming digital health field. Speakers will include representatives from across the health sector, including a patient panel that will provide their perspective on the use of technology, privacy and security.

Visit our workshop page for details - additional info will be posted soon!


Heart disease patients find social support via Healing Circles app

BCATPR members Drs. Scott Lear and Brodie Sakakibara recently conducted a pilot study of a social networking app for women with heart disease. Results showed that the application was effective at helping users manage their health, including improvements in self-monitoring, social support and emotional well-being. The Healing Circles mobile health app was developed by Curatio, and the study was led by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The app allows women to share their experience and knowledge, manage their condition and connect with experts from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Dr. Sakakibara won best abstract and presented the results of the Healing Circles study at this year's Heart + Lung Health FEST.

Healing Circles app

EMR use among Canadian doctors has more than doubled, survey finds

An international survey of primary care physicians found that EMR uptake has increased from 23% to 73% in nine years, though this is still below the average of the other 9 countries surveyed. The doctors using EMRs reported being better able to generate lists of patients by diagnosis, lists of patients overdue for tests or preventative care and lists of medications taken by a patient.

The survey also revealed room for improvement in certain advanced functions, such as sending reminders to patients for regular preventive or follow-up care, the opportunity to email questions to the doctor, and to complete certain tasks such as booking appointments, refilling prescriptions and viewing test results online.  


Mental health app helps reduce hospital admission rates

A group of mentally-ill participants using a self-care app for 18 months experienced fewer psychiatric hospital stays, arrests and outpatient visits, a recent study found. Four hundred participants were recruited from the London, Ontario area and were supplied with iPhones equipped with the Lawson SMART app. This gave them access to their personal health information, a mood tracker and medication alerts, and allowed them to communicate with their care provider via text message between in-person visits.

For other mental health app resources, check out the list compiled by Men's Health Research at UBC that they have found helpful. They also offer a great online resource for men with depression, called HeadsUpGuys.


RACE unveils new app and specialty areas

eRACE app

Doctors can now request specialist advice via the eRACE app, as well as via telephone. Leg, ankle and foot orthopedic conditions and palliative care have also been added to the list of specialty areas.
RACE (Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise) allows family physicians within Vancouver Coastal Health and across the province to consult a specialist for advice via telephone, often eliminating the need for in-person consultations.