This project is focused on having patients take charge of their own health using an online system that will permit them to track their atrial fibrillation.
The main purpose of this is to provide patients with information that is normally given by their physician but have it also in an online system so that it may be accessed at any time. A great deal of information is presented by the physician to their patient, especially for the first visit for a new diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. Portions of this information may be difficult to remember; having it available online, and having it personalized to the care of the individual patient, will seek to improve their overall care.
The impact of this program could be very far reaching, as it empowers patients to have greater access to information as well as control over their own arrhythmia health. This project is aiming to test whether this online system is feasible to create and whether it is used by patients with atrial fibrillation. This is called a pilot study, which is done before a larger study is carried out, to determine whether this line of research could lead to real benefits for patients.
Dr. Ratika Parkash
Dalhousie University/QEII Health Sciences Centre