In the not too-distant future patients across the country with cardiovascular disease and cancer soon may be logging in to a computer program, with a Halifax connection, designed to help manage and prevent chronic diseases.
Local company Kinduct Technologies has developed the software for the web-based, multimillion-dollar initiative that will be used by cardiac rehabilitation and prevention programs and cancer centres in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
“It’s an opportunity to work with the leaders in chronic disease across the country. It’s going to be a fantastic initiative and we’re super excited about it,” company founder and CEO Travis McDonough said Friday.
The three-year, $2.4-million Acceleration program is still being tweaked and a date has not been finalized to put the software into use, he said.
But when it is up and running, patients will be able to access information that is specific to their own conditions and follow a customized motivational plan to manage them by moving to a healthier lifestyle by healthier eating, increasing physical activity and stopping smoking.
McDonough said the content has been created by leading health professionals and experts in changing behaviour.
Patients will find everything from information on their conditions, tailored exercise videos, menus (including meal preparation tips and grocery lists) and videos from experts on a variety of topics to feedback, motivational messages and monitoring tools to track things like how many steps they take, their blood pressure and heart rate.
Doctors will also be able to log in to monitor patient progress.
The program will track and monitor patient activity and progress, so the initiative leaders can measure the effect the technology is having on changing behaviours and implement changes to the programs as needed.
“It’s behavioural change that we’re trying to accomplish,” McDonough said. “There’s no point just pushing information to someone unless it’s going to make an influence on the behaviours that are causing the problem.”
Key to the program is the fact it is available away from a hospital or clinical setting, so patients are able to get the information they need as they need it, he said.
“It’s all about trying to break the shackles of a bricks-and-mortar environment of a hospital setting,” he said, pointing to the high costs associated with .
Kinduct is making key inroads in the digital world of managing health, fitness and sport performance, recently signing a deal with two NBA teams and buying a Vancouver company that offers online fitness programs.