Health Services

Health Education

Empowerment of Patients and Healthcare Providers

Chronic diseases, particularly Type 2 diabetes has reached an epidemic stage, with more than 350 million people with diabetes worldwide, governments and health organizations cannot cope with the daily increased number of patients using conventional approaches. HNCL has worked with a number of organizations to develop unique; evidence based comprehensive diabetes prevention and management programs ranging from education to community-based prevention and management models, and to state-of-the-art virtual diabetes centers.


Health Promotion
We bring all stakeholders together; health care services, medical associations, community services organizations, not-for-profit associations, pharmaceuticals, and patient support groups during the planning, funding, and implementation stages of our initiatives.

Our philosophy is based on empowerment and motivation of patients to play a leading role in managing their chronic diseases through culturally sensitive and holistic self-education interactive education programs; providing healthcare professionals with innovative technology based tools for better treatment and monitor patients; and integrated solutions for healthcare services to cost effectively manage their resources while providing efficient services to the clients. The following are some of our projects...


VDC

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. For more information about other components of VDC and our implementation models click here.

live well with diabetes

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. Visit Live Well with Diabetes

Diabetes and First Nations

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. Visit Diabetes and My Nation

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

Diabetes Awareness
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

CME
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

DICOM Viewer
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.

Our Services

Our team includes professional healthcare providers, health administrators, and patients with considerable business expertise, to ensure that our solutions are evidence based, comprehensive, cost effective, and sustainable. HNCL provides:

  • Designing and implementing health education programs
  • Developing web base Continuing Medical Education for healthcare providers
  • Designing and implementing diabetes community based awareness and management strategies
  • Developing healthcare software applications
  • Training and transfer of technology
  • Developing Clinical Outcome Measures
  • Evaluation of Disease Management Program Effectiveness
  • System analysis, identifying gaps in care delivery system, and designing alternative solutions
  • Developing stakeholders partnerships

Our Methodology

We have developed a comprehensive methodology that we apply in projects development:
  • Patient focused approach
  • Evidence based outcome
  • Development of Best Practices
  • Participation of all stakeholders during the planning, funding, and implementation stages of the project to ensure the solutions are cost effective, evidence-based, and sustainable
  • Management by objective approach
  • Maximize the use of information technology when applicable
  • Develop implementation procedures for future duplication of the project
  • Apply medical ethical protocols
  • Protection of patients’ information and ownership of data
  • Apply system encryption and data security

Health Education

Community Engagement in Health

While much of our ground-breaking work has been related to diabetes, we are steadfastly committed to healthcare in general, and strongly believe that multimedia and e-learning technologies can play an important role in delivering user-friendly public health education programs.


HIV

Around the Kitchen Table

A training DVD and website was developed for the BC Centre for Disease Control to promote the prevention of HIV

Continued Medical Education Portal

HN Consultants has developed a web-based Continuing Medical Education and Events Management System. The program is currently used by a number of health associations. The main Features of the system:

  • Courses and Events registration.
  • Learning Management System - for the administration, documentation, tracking learning progress, and reporting of training programs, and training content. Reports are exported to Excel files.
  • Authoring tools – user friendly interface for adding courses, quizzes, and events (workshops).
  • Certification – Issuing certificates upon the completion of courses and quizzes.
  • Notification – Email notification to training administrator of users’ registrations and completion of courses.
  • Digital Content Asset Management – Video, slide presentation, and Flash file format.
  • Integrated Payment Processing.

Health Promotion - Volunteering

HNCL's team volunteer with a number of health associations and community based initiatives to promote health educations. We support these initiative in fundraising, development and production of educational materials and web sites, and organizing community events.

Diabetes East Vancouver

East Vancouver Aboriginal Diabetes Coalition
North Shore Diabetes Support Group