Virtual Diabetes Center
Diabetes, like other chronic diseases, is a complex illness that requires a comprehensive approach to prevention and management. It requires patient ownership with long-term support from a multidisciplinary healthcare team. Continuous supervised monitoring and modification of management plans are also necessary.
HNCL has developed several applications, including the Virtual Diabetes Center (VDC), a proprietary Electronic Medical Records system that specializes in type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease management and virtual care. VDC facilitates coordination among the integrated medical care team and patient self-management to provide better patient care while improving workflow and productivity of the healthcare system. VDC can also be used as a diabetes registry and customized for pharmaceutical and medical research. Currently, VDC is used in two Mobile Diabetes Clinics (funded by Health Canada) in British Columbia, providing thousands of patients with access to care.
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Live Well with Diabetes
HNCL, in association with the BC Endocrine Research Foundation, has developed a comprehensive multicultural diabetes education program that is available as a web-based program, DVD, and CD-ROM. Live Well with Diabetes addresses cultural aspects that motivate 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 individuals with diabetes.
In addition to developing the application, HNCL has assisted in fundraising activities, conducted pilot projects to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, and promoted 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 is 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, demonstrating a successful partnership for the benefit of patients.
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Diabetes and My Nation
HNCL has developed a community-based diabetes prevention and management model that has been successfully implemented in several First Nation communities in British Columbia. The model is based on a culturally appropriate, holistic approach that includes programs for all age groups in the community, including adults, youth, and school children. It combines education, monitoring, and treatment to provide comprehensive care.
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 was involved in all phases of the project, from developing a comprehensive educational program to managing the project and working with community members to develop culturally based activities that motivate lifestyle changes. Other sporting activities were also combined as part of diabetes prevention.
HNCL has partnered with the 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 implementing this model in other communities.
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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.
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