Spark / Spring 2018
Since the world’s first ever text message in 1992, mobile communication has grown at an unprecedented rate with Canadians now sending 547 million messages a day.
When used creatively, everyday technologies that are already embedded in our daily lives, such as text messages, can offer simple, low cost and user-friendly solutions with the potential to improve care, increase efficiency in the health system and offer patients the support they need, when they need it.
In issue six of Spark, we explore the work of three MSFHR-funded researchers who are assessing the potential of mobile health technologies to support care providers and patients, and improve patient outcomes. Their stories illustrate how, by putting existing tools to use, we can support the ever-growing patient population, open up personal communication channels between care providers and patients, and engage patients in their care journey.
Spark: Everyday tech for better care features Drs. Kendall Ho, Richard Lester and Mary Jung.
- Chapter 1: Never too far
When you’ve spent an extended period of time in hospital, going home can be terrifying. Dr. Kendall Ho is evaluating home monitoring tools to support patients during this difficult transition period.
- Chapter 2: Three little words
A friendly ‘How are you?’ text can open the door and help patients ask for the support they need, when they need it. Dr. Richard Lester has shown the effectiveness of this tactic to improve medication adherence and health outcomes for patients with HIV.
- Chapter 3: Small steps for big changes
How do you help 5.7 million Canadians stick to healthy habits? Dr. Mary Jung is researching how fitness apps and counselling can support healthy habits and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.