Self Care Catalysts

Self Care Catalysts

August 27, 2014 11:00 ET

Patient Intelligence Health Solutions Provider Self Care Catalysts Selected for Project Funding from Rick Hansen Institute

Patient Storylines Mobile Platform Will Empower People With Acute Spinal Cord Injuries to Adhere to Rehabilitation Plans

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 27, 2014) - Patient intelligence health solution provider Self Care Catalysts today announced its health solution platform, Patient Storylines, will receive $100,000 CDN in funding from the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) to support and engage people with acute spinal cord injuries (SCI) and their health allies in rehabilitation and community integration.

Principal investigators Ben Mortenson, PhD and Patricia Mills, MD, of the University of British Columbia, and Jared Adams, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Self Care Catalysts will spearhead the Patient Storylines project. It is one of eleven projects targeted for funding by the RHI, forming a portfolio of programs to help bridge the translational 'valleys of death' in the SCI research continuum. The clinical benefits of Patient Storylines will verified with individuals recovering from SCI in a year long research study conducted within the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, British Columbia's largest rehabilitation centre. The project is expected to kick off in the fall of 2014.

"The more informed and engaged the patient and family, the better the outcome after a severe spinal cord injury," explains Dr. Adams. "However, SCI education is often difficult to achieve during a compressed and emotionally challenging hospital stay. Furthermore, the coordination of care around a spinal cord injury is also complex due to the number of providers involved. Patient Storylines empowers the patient through the daily provision of bite-sized nuggets of information; engages and motivates the patient through patient, provider, peer and caregiver generated health quests; and connects health allies (also known as the 'circle of care') through a networked messaging systems."

"Ultimately, Patient Storylines helps to increase patient engagement in the rehabilitation process and improve adherence to rehabilitation plans by opening up vital communication channels," says Grace Soyao, CEO and founder of Self Care Catalysts. "We are incredibly excited to work with RHI's SCI Research arm and to be involved in helping this organization pursue new interventions and innovative technologies in the field of consumer-centric mobile health."

"Among the projects selected for funding, there is a great mix of promising preclinical and clinical therapies, tools to improve the SCI research and development process, innovative technologies, and consumer-centric mobile health innovations. I am thrilled to see international collaborations, as well as collaborations with industry partners, among the successful projects. These collaborations represent new partnerships for RHI and are critical to moving closer to a world without paralysis after SCI," said Bill Barrable, CEO of RHI.

About Self Care Catalysts

Self Care Catalysts is a health solutions company powered by patient intelligence and analytics. We find the consumer within the patient. Our mission is to build innovative, patient-centered, and technology-driven self-care solutions for patients and meaningful analytics and insights for healthcare organizations and pharmaceutical companies. For more information visit us on the web at www.selfcarecatalysts.com.

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    Ellyn Winters-Robinson
    Ignition Inc. (PR for Self Care Catalysts)
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    ellyn@ignition.ca