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Award-winning partnership proves Vocantas CallAssure effective tool for chronic disease management
Date:4/28/2009

tist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa. "By enabling us to effectively and efficiently monitor patients remotely, the number of patients we can safely service is increased, improving the quality of care we can deliver to them."

"In addition, our skilled clinical resources can be put to better use by devoting time to patient care rather than spending unproductive time trying to reach patients by telephone."

Working closely with Dr. Marc Rodger and others at The Ottawa Hospital, Vocantas used CallAssure to better manage chronic diseases, by alerting patients of upcoming test requirements and any changes to their care plan. By successfully integrating with dosing technology, CallAssure informed patients immediately when their medication dosage is adjusted.

Patients who were part of the CallAssure technology trial at The Ottawa Hospital were enthusiastic about their experience. "The automated system has made my care more efficient," said Rick Dokomos of Ottawa. "Traveling for three months of the year, as I do, I can rely on the system to contact me about dosing and testing and not have to worry about it - now I can enjoy life."

Other patients have credited the system with keeping them from harm by ensuring their dosing regimen remains on track. "This is my lifeline," said Dianna Siteman, also of Ottawa. "If I don't take my medication properly, I can get into a lot of problems. I think it's great and it's going to help a lot of people."

The challenge of effectively managing chronic disease has been highlighted both here in Canada and in the United States. The 2007 National Physician Survey reported that 80 percent of doctors in Canada said that patients with chronic diseases place the biggest demand on their time. In its 2008 report, the Ontario Health Quality Council reported that nearly 8,000 lives could be saved if the province better monitored
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