Virtual Diabetes Center
Diabetes, as other chronic diseases, is a complex illness that requires a comprehensive approach to prevent and manage; it requires ownership by the patient with long term support by a multidisciplinary healthcare team. It also requires continues supervised monitoring and modification to management plans.
Among the applications that HNCL has developed is Virtual Diabetes Center (“VDC”), an Electronic Medical Records system specialized for type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease management and virtual care. It facilitates the coordination among the integrated medical care team and patient self-management to provide better patient care, and improve work-flow and productivity of the health care system. VDC can also be used as a diabetes registry and could be customized for pharmaceutical and medical research. VDC is currently used two Mobile Diabetes Clinics (funded by Health Canada) in British Columbia, as a result thousands of patients have access to care.
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Live Well with Diabetes
HNCL in association with BC Endocrine Research Foundation have developed a comprehensive multicultural diabetes education program, it is available as a web-based program and in DVD and CD-ROM format. Live Well with Diabetes addresses the culture aspects that motivates people to manage their health in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Farsi, Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.
The purpose of “Live Well with Diabetes” is to provide a combination of diabetes knowledge and self-management skills as well as heightened self-awareness regarding health, beliefs, needs, and goals. Individuals with diabetes can use this knowledge to make informed decisions about their behavior and act for their self-care. Family and friends can also gain understanding thereby providing a solid support network for the individual with diabetes.
In addition to the development of the application, HNCL has assisted in fundraising activities, conducting pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, and in the promotion of the program through several conferences and workshops. HNCL has produced all promotional materials and newsletters. The program was developed in 2005 and updated annually by HNCL, it accessed by people from many countries and is used by support groups and health organizations. Live Well with Diabetes is partially sponsored by most of the major pharmaceutical companies, a demonstration of successful partnership for the benefits of patients.
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Diabetes and My Nation
HNCL has developed a community based diabetes prevention and management model that was successfully implemented at a number of First Nation communities in British Columbia. The model is based on a holistic approach that is culturally appropriate. It includes all age groups in the community, there are programs for adults, youth, and school children. It combined education, monitoring, and treatment. The project was selected as one of eight best practices in Canada in 2008 by the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada.
HNCL team were involved in all phases of the project, from the development of a comprehensive educational program, managing the project, working with community members to develop different cultural based activities to motivate lifestyle changes, and combining other sporting activity as part of diabetes prevention.
HNCL has partnered with BC ActNow initiative to further promote diabetes prevention throughout the Province of British Columbia. The company is assisting a group of First Nation leaders in establishing a not-for-profit foundation to continue the implementation of this model at other communities.
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Community Based Diabetes Prevention and Management Model
A Community Based Diabetes Prevention and Management Model ("CBDPMM"), a patient focused approach, was developed HNCL in association with a team of healthcare nonprofessionals specialized in diabetes prevention and management, and considerable inputs from patients and other stakeholders. The model was developed based on the precedents and findings of "Diabetes and My Nation"
. The model was implemented at the Haisla First Nations and has achieved significant results in terms of prevention and management of diabetes and the sustainability and ownership of the disease within the community Read more .....
Diabetes Awareness and Screening
HNCL has organized more than 20 diabetes awareness and screening events for the First Nations communities in British Columbia. These events are community gatherings designed to share knowledge regarding diabetes between healthcare professionals and community members. It is also an opportunity for community members to be screened for diabetes. Screening tests include random glucose. If the result is higher than 8 mmols/l, or if they have known diabetes, the A1c is tested By Point-of Care testing. Other tests were available included blood pressure, BMI, and lipids to complete a Metabolic Syndrome profile. These events were carried out with the association of BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sports, health authorities and local healthcare communities.
Continuing Medical Education
This program was developed for the British Columbia Radiological Society. It was built using HNCL Learning Center engine. It provides radiologist and technologist with courses in radiology and access to actual case studies using state of the art web based DICOM viewer. The program has a comprehensive course administration module to allow system administrator adding courses, quizzes, issue certificates, and monitor learning progress.
Radiologist Validation and Certification
Developed for a confidential client. The program is a critical link in supporting medical imaging professionals in acquiring, maintaining, advancing and validating diagnostic skills required to ensure quality care for patients. It combines a state of the art web based DICOM viewer, a learning management system and real time collaborations.