April 19, 2018

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Announces Funding for a
Mobile App to Help Patients Coordinate Their Health Care

Waterloo, ON – The Waterloo Wellington LHIN announced $250,000 in funding today for Dash MD to develop a local version of a mobile app that helps patients take charge of the health information related to their primary care or hospital care. One feature of the mobile app is connecting hospital patients to the appropriate aftercare information they need for a successful recovery.

One of Dash MD’s founders, Zack Fisch shared his personal story about breaking a leg and developing complications after leaving the hospital. Zack was motivated to spare others from his own experience of almost losing a leg. He is the co-founder of the Dash MD mobile app that patients can download and use for their primary care, or after being discharged from the hospital. In addition to giving patients detailed instructions for their ongoing health care, it tells them what to do if certain symptoms develop. The mobile app can also be used to manage appointments and remind patients to take medications.

There are distinct benefits for patients who use this digital technology to manage their health care. They do not have to rely on verbal or paper instructions they receive from their primary care provider, or when being discharged from the hospital. Instead, when they download the mobile app, the resources they need to help with their health care are readily available at their fingertips. Patients in Waterloo Wellington will have access to the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Dash MD mobile app later this year.

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“In addition to providing patients with the information and resources they need to effectively manage their health care, the Dash MD mobile application will assist hospitals and health care providers to measure patient outcomes. This digital solution is designed to improve the quality of patient care, and reduce patient complications and readmissions to hospital.”  ‑ Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, Chief Clinical Information Officer of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN

“We are harnessing the tremendous potential of technology to improve patient outcomes in the health system, including when patients are discharged from the hospital. We’re very excited to be partnering with Dash MD to bring real-time local health information to patients through a mobile app that will be free for them to use.” ‑ Bruce Lauckner, CEO of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN

QUICK FACTS

Over the past decade, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN has worked to significantly improve the quality and availability of local health care. Now, we’re focused on making it easier. Easier for you to be healthy. Easier for you to get the care and support you need. Easier for you and your family to live the healthiest lives possible.

We connect you with care, at home and in the community, and better connect your health system to improve your care experience. As a crown agency of the Government of Ontario, we invest $1.1 billion annually in local health services to improve the health and wellbeing of the almost 800,000 residents we serve across Waterloo Wellington.

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Media Contact:
Connie MacDonald
Director, Communications & Community Engagement,
Waterloo Wellington LHIN 519-748-2222 ext. 3235
connie.macdonald@lhins.on.ca