Funded by a Heart & Stroke Foundation grant, I-TEACH is a pilot project to study the impact of internet-based education and health management on people living with heart failure.
Heart failure patients enrolled in the study will have access to innovative video and text educational materials, self-management tools, and healthcare professional support via an
internet-based portal. Participants will be assessed throughout the study to determine the impact of the program on patient knowledge of heart disease, medication compliance, and quality
of life. Healthcare resource utilization, such as emergency room visits, also will be analyzed by the research team.
The study is being led by Dr. Femida Gwadry-Sridhar, the Director of Health Informatics at Lawson Research Institute, with collaboration from Dr. Malcolm Arnold, London Health Sciences
Centre, and Dr. Donald Cowan of the Computer Systems Group at University of Waterloo. Waterloo-based MedManager Interactive Corp. will be the technology partner for the initiative.