McMaster University has announced its part in a new health network dedicated to patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Lenore Lennox is among the 250 thousand Canadians living with with Crohn’s or Colitis.
Diagnosed 20 years ago now, she remembers how access to care shaped her life with her husband.
“We were developing our life and considering moving a little further out to the country and right away I’m thinking how close am I to an ambulance, am I close to a hospital?”
“That happens, you’re instantly going to a hospital, you don’t plan on it.”
Lennox stayed in Hamilton for treatment but a new national network called PACE hopes to provide access to care no matter where you live.
Dr. Neeraj Narula from McMaster will be developing an electronic platform to monitor patients between visits.
“Providing real-time updates to their gastroenterologist we can quickly identify patients that become unwell and help facilitate earlier intervention.”
PACE is operating on a 4 year plan.
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada along with a number of corporate sponsors invested a total of 2.5 million into PACE.