TeleMED selected again for remote hypertension management study
Feasibility and reimbursement model to be examined
Alberta Innovates, through its Accelerating Innovations into CarE program (AICE), has accepted the funding application made by the University of Alberta and partners that include Telemed Diagnostic Management Inc. (TeleMED).
AIberta Innovates (AI) is an Alberta-funded Corporation tasked with delivering on the research and innovation priorities of the Government of Alberta. It focuses on the full research and innovation continuum, taking ideas from the lab to the marketplace.
The approved application, titled Implementation of Blood Pressure Telemonitoring and Case Management after a Cerebrovascular Event, describes a multi-staged, collaborative initiative between University of Alberta researchers, the Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Network and TeleMED. This first stage will assess if home blood pressure telemonitoring and case management for stroke victims can be implemented in Alberta. The second stage of the project will be to develop an economic model of home blood pressure telemonitoring in Alberta. This will be done to confirm that home blood pressure telemonitoring with case management is cost-effective and even cost-saving in Albertans who have had a recent stroke. In the third stage, a group of stakeholders will be assembled to determine how to implement this intervention in a manner that is sustainable.
TeleMED will contribute to this project by developing a customized home blood pressure telemonitoring system that will operate on ViTELflo, its proprietary platform for management of non-invasive diagnostic data. It will also provide support for users during the project and will, subsequently, participate in the development of a sustainable funding model for providing this service on a widespread level.
TeleMED’s role in this study leverages its extensive experience in providing large-scale data management solutions to community laboratory networks, hospitals, research organizations and in home care settings across Canada. Furthermore, as TeleMED’s President and CEO Asa Lebel remarks, “This study will mark the second collaboration between TeleMED and University of Alberta, as it is also the University’s technology partner in a study titled Telemonitoring and Protocolized Case Management for Hypertension in Seniors. TeleMED’s expertise in this area positions it as a leader in providing technology solutions for remote hypertension management in Canada.”
Telemed Diagnostic Management Inc., an ISO 13485:2003 certified company, has been a pioneer in the development of powerful solutions for managing non-invasive medical diagnostic data. We serve an array of verticals in the healthcare industry including community diagnostic laboratories, specialty clinics, occupational testing organizations, family physician groups and paramedical service providers. Our solutions feature advanced security safeguards, innovative quality management tools, business analytic capabilities, smart electronic forms and a high degree of interoperability and connectivity.