Published Sunday, April 12, 2020
The VIP4SCI is an integrated virtual care platform. It includes technology for personal video-based consultations, remote monitoring, education, validated SCI self-management tools for physical health, communication and information exchange between clients registered with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, their Regional Services Co-ordinator, Peer Program Co-ordinator, and Peer Mentor.
Spinal cord injury is an expensive, complex, lifetime condition. These individuals tend to present with more complex chronic conditions, are more prone to infections and are more likely to require emergency support.
These chronic conditions include urinary tract infections, kidney infections, heart disease, pressure sores, depression, anxiety and chronic pain.
With the dangers of COVID-19, SCIO staff and support workers are not able to access the clients' home. Increased isolation and reduced services would have created serious scenarios for many.
A project began over two years ago, was inspired by the myriad of unmet health needs experienced by individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI) across Ontario. Persons with mobility issues and those with compromised immune systems like spinal cord injury, are particularly susceptible to infections.
In light of the current COVID-19 environment and the need for virtual care services, it is timely.
Thank you to the Canadian Health Technology Magazine Jerry Zeidenberg & Neil Zeidenberg for showcasing our work - The Virtual Integrated Platform for Spinal Cord Injury (VIP4SCI).
The first version of the platform was developed in 2017 as part of a clinical research trial. The results of the trial exceeded our expectations. Clients and the staff recognized the benefits and requested its continued use.
The project represented a partnership between Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO), KITE Toronto Rehab - University Health Network, ForaHealthyMe Inc. (FAHM) and the Waterloo Mobility Clinic. The research project was funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Health and administered by the Ontario Centers of Excellence.
You can read more about the article here located on page 10.