AHS App sup­ports can­cer pa­tient ap­point­ments

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Al­berta Health Ser­vices has launched a smart­phone app to sup­port those who are un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ment.

Last week Al­berta Health Ser­vices launched the My Care Con­ver­sa­tions App. Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, the ap­pli­ca­tion will al­low pa­tients to record their con­ver­sa­tions with their can­cer care team to help re­duce the stress and as­sist with re­call and un­der­stand­ing.

Dr. Rithesh Ram is fa­mil­iar with the new App and while it is so new, he hasn’t seen any up­take just yet but sees it hav­ing a pur­pose.

“I think it can be very use­ful,” said Dr. Ram.

Pa­tients and fam­i­lies that use the app will be em­pow­ered to take a more ac­tive role in their health­care by be­ing able to record and re-lis­ten to their con­ver­sa­tions. Be­ing able to record and re-lis­ten to their ap­point­ments will help pa­tients un­der­stand com­plex dis­cus­sion points and clar­ify any mis­un­der­stand­ings. Pa­tients can also choose to share their record­ings with trusted in­di­vid­u­als who were not able to at­tend the clin­i­cal visit with the can­cer care team.

He adds the func­tion­al­ity goes beyond the record­ing as- pect.

“I think the big as­pect is the abil­ity for pa­tients to put their com­ments in, the plan they get, the ques­tions they have go­ing in and out to the doc­tor ap­point­ments, I think that is the big­gest util­ity here,” said Dr.Ram.

He adds that while the My Care Con­ver­sa­tion App is tai­lored to­wards can­cer pa­tients, he said any pa­tient could ben­e­fit from the func­tion­al­ity of the app.

For those in­ter­ested in us­ing the AHS app, it can be found as a free down­load from the app store (for Ap­ple de­vices) and on the Google Play store. The app has a tu­to­rial that will walk you through the key func­tions of the app. In the tu­to­rial there is in­for­ma­tion about how to pre­pare for your up­com­ing ap­point­ment, make a high­qual­ity record­ing of your clin­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion, re-lis­ten to it af­ter the con­ver­sa­tion is done.

Dr. Rithesh Ram... sees new app as use­ful tool

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