Helping patients coordinate their healthcare

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Helping patients coordinate their healthcare

Cambridge Memorial Hospital launches patient-centered healthcare app

Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the launch of a patient information app in the Women and Children’s Program. Developed by CoHealth (formerly DashMD), the phone app improves access to high quality after care information, empowering patients to be more active, informed and engaged partners with their healthcare team. 

“We are thrilled to be introducing this tool to our Obstetrics patients. We believe that providing timely access to information enhances patient outcomes and the overall patient experience. The app enables our patients to advocate for their care, which in turn should lead to a better, more successful recovery. This is just the start. We look forward to introducing the CoHealth app to other areas, like our Surgery and Medicine programs over time.” - Dr. Kunuk Rhee, Chief of Staff, Cambridge Memorial Hospital

“We are launching initially in the Maternity Child health space but this application has implications for the entire health system. Just imagine being able to view your self-care instructions after being in the hospital right from your smartphone. User-friendly and streamlined, this application will make it easier for people, of all ages at all levels of technical savvy, to access important educational information to improve their experience” – Krizia Francisco, Portfolio Manager, Digital Health & Innovation

CoHealth was established when one of its founders developed complications after leaving the hospital. Although he received aftercare instructions, he was unable to recall all of them once he returned home. CoHealth was developed in part, to prevent this from happening to other patients. Patients can download the app on their mobile devices and be able to access detailed instructions related to their specific healthcare needs, including the management of side effects and symptoms to monitor. It can also be used to manage appointments with their healthcare team and remind them to take medications.

About Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Cambridge Memorial Hospital traces its roots to 1888, when the region’s first community hospital, known as Galt Hospital, opened its doors to treat patients in a localized health care setting. In 1953, the hospital was built on its present location, which was better suited to serve the major communities of Galt, Hespeler, Preston and the Township of North Dumfries. It was named South Waterloo Memorial Hospital, in honour of those who gave their lives for the community and country. As local boundaries changed and communities merged, the hospital adopted the new name of Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Today, Cambridge Memorial Hospital has over 1,100 dedicated and skilled health care professionals, technicians and staff, 280 physicians and 400 volunteers who provide excellent care to the residents of Cambridge, the township of North Dumfries and the Region of Waterloo. For more information, visit www.cmh.org.

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Stephanie Wilson
Communications Specialist
Public Affairs and Communications
Cambridge Memorial Hospital
519-621-2333, ext. 2422
Stephanie.wilson@cmh.org