Charitakis, CEO of uCarenet, a Canadian health tech company dedicated to
improving quality of life for ageing seniors and their families, is excited to
be working alongside Dr. Ron Heselgrave, Chief of Research at William Osler
Health System (WOHS). A community-based hospital
system that includes Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and
the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, WOHS serves 1.3
million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding areas.
Working hard to
deliver better health to residents, particularly the ageing community, one
focus for Dr. Heselgrave’s team, is using technology created with uCarenet to
improve on gaps in the current system and provide better support to patients. “We’re
working with uCarenet to build and test evidence-based digital apps that
support ageing and palliative designated patients, by improving communication
on symptoms, care needs, as well as beliefs and values for end of life wishes.
Ultimately, we want to reduce unnecessary hospital visits, and ease the
transfer from patient to home, and uCarenet’s technology can do this.”
personal experience with his own ageing parents, Nectari Charitakis saw a need
to build a connected community, to bridge the gap between health
providers and in-home care, and give families easier access to affordable home
care. As such, uCarenet hosts an online marketplace called MATCH (Market Place
to Access Trusted Care at Home). MATCH was developed in consultation with
health professionals and design experts from George Brown’s School of Design. The
platform, and its mobile app version Caremap, connects Canadian families with
home care providers, so those in need can remain in their home and community.
“Millions of Canadians provide care to a senior family member or friend,
and demand is growing. They’re struggling to find solutions that balance their
needs with those of their family members who want independence and quality of life,” says Charitakis.
MATCH launched with so much success that Mr. Charitakis and Dr. Heselgrave’s
team are continuing to work together on two additional apps called PoEt and ReLief.
PoET (Prevention of Error Based Transfers) is an-award
winning project which began in 2012, led by Dr.
Paula Chidwick, Director of Research & Corporate Ethics and Ethicist, at WOHS.
uCarenet’s task is developing the app based on their research and
requirements. The idea is to capture the beliefs, values and wishes for end of
life planning. PoET, being piloted in October, connects on-call physicians with long term care homes, giving
them easier access to information and preventing errors related to consent,
capacity and decision-making. These errors result in transfers to hospital that
long-term care residents may not want.
The ReLief app is for terminally diagnosed patients. “Together
with Dr. Chasen and his team, we’re testing ReLief, an app which enables
palliative designated patients to self-report their symptoms remotely. The goal
is to accurately assess patients in their home, to provide timely intervention
and appropriate treatment,” says Charitakis, whose ongoing mandate for uCarenet
is to support ageing well in the home. All of the apps are designed as a hybrid between modern technology and human
connection, to optimize relationships and simplify processes. The result is better
communication between patients, doctors, caregivers and families, ensuring
peace of mind and a nurturing environment for those in need.
Building partnerships in health care is leading to new business and care opportunities in Brampton. For more information on uCarenet, visit www.ucarenet.com