Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are now able to monitor their symptoms at home.

This helps them live independently and not experience crises moments that send them to the emergency department. This wireless technology sends patients’ vital signs to the hospital in real time so together with the patient, we can prevent flare-ups and reduce admissions to hospital.

“I used to guess about when I should worry about my symptoms, now I know what’s going on and if I need to take my additional medication to avoid flare-ups,” says John Grabiec of Stouffville.

“We know more about our patients’ symptoms and we can prevent serious flare-ups so that they don’t have to come into the hospital,” says Sheery Tse, MSH Respiratory Therapist.

This technology was made possible by Closing The Gap Healthcare and Cloud Diagnostics Canada in partnership with MSH.

This is one of 15 projects that received funding from Ontario’s Health Technologies Fund which is administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence ‏on behalf of the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS).

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John Grabiec reviewing his vitals with Sheery Tse,  MSH Respiratory Therapist.