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University Health Network Selects NexJ Health for Chronic Disease Prevention Program

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Toronto (October 22, 2018) – NexJ Health Inc. (“NexJ Health”), a provider of patient-facing population health management solutions, was selected by the University Health Network (UHN) to support the ACCELERATION 2.0 program, delivering a behaviour change eHealth solution to support the prevention of chronic diseases, specifically cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Building on the successes of a previously demonstrated model of care, ACCELERATION 2.0 is a 12-week behavioural change intervention that provides best practice strategies for the control and management of modifiable risk factors. The platform will assess the health and determinants of wellbeing of each user by having them complete a series of automated assessments and integrate electronic devices and activity trackers for objective measures. Under the review of a certified health coach, results and information extrapolated during the onboarding and intervention phase will generate more personalized care plans which will be reviewed during health coach initiated contacts (six in total). The delivery of counselling sessions will be multi-modal and align with participant needs and preferences.

It is well-documented that chronic diseases are both common and costly and that positive modification of health behaviours is the key to prevention. The choice of adopting positive or negative health behaviours is one that Canadians make every day.  The goal of ACCELERATION 2.0 is to make the healthy option the easiest and most attractive one through a tried and true technology platform designed by NexJ Health. With an overarching mission of building a healthier Canada, we plan to help participants “choose health – every day”.

Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehab, says, “This program will reduce the burden of chronic diseases by targeting common modifiable risk factors and delivering an evidence-based behaviour change program through NexJ Connected Wellness. The reach of the ACCELERATION program has been really gratifying – we are so excited about the scalability now that it will be supported by a digital platform.”

Gary Baksi, Executive Vice President and General Manager at NexJ Health, says, “NexJ Health is excited to collaborate with UHN and Medavie to deliver a virtual care program to engage and activate participants to make lasting lifestyle changes to reduce the onset of chronic disease. This project is a strategic and natural extension of NexJ Health’s recent collaboration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, preventing hypertension in Canadians through health coaching for lifestyle changes.”

NexJ Health, UHN and Medavie Health Foundation will work together to deliver this intervention with initial plans to scale across Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Atlantic Canada.

 

About NexJ Health Inc.

NexJ Health Inc. is a provider of patient-facing population health management solutions that deliver patient engagement for chronic disease management.  At NexJ Health, we believe that the most efficient and cost-effective way to offset the rise in chronic disease is to empower patients, with the support of their families, friends, and healthcare professionals, to actively participate in managing their own chronic condition(s). By engaging patients through NexJ Connected Wellness, patients are more likely to achieve their health goals, payers can lower costs, providers can improve care to patients, and pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies can improve medication adherence. For more information about NexJ Health visit www.nexjhealth.com, e-mail info@nexjhealth.com, or call 416-227-3700..

 

About The University Health Network

University Health Network (UHN) consists of Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. www.uhn.ca