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SMArTVIEW research receives support from HHS Foundation

Mar 8, 2019
Guylaine Spencer

HHS Gala 2019

Photo, left to right: Dr. McGillion (associate professor in the McMaster School of Nursing), Dr. Ted Scott (VP Research and Chief Innovation Officer of Hamilton Health Sciences), and fellow award winners Dr. Constantine Samaan (Principal Investigator, McMaster Children’s Hospital) and Dr. Russell de Souza (Dietitian and Nutrition Epidemiology, Hamilton Health Sciences)

The annual Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Foundation gala raises funds for important health research and celebrates local scientists. This year, at the event held on March 2, the foundation announced six awards, including a $25,000 grant for a project by the SMArTVIEW research team.

Dr. Michael McGillion, associate professor in the McMaster School of Nursing, and Dr. P.J. Devereaux, professor in the McMaster Department of Medicine, are co-principal investigators on the research project, called “Remote Monitoring to Enhance Surgical Recovery. This will be part of the larger, international multi-million dollar SMArTVIEW research project.

“The SMArTVIEW team is very fortunate to receive this generous support from the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation,” says McGillion. “It will help us design and examine a model for facilitating the transition of patients being monitored remotely after cardiac and major vascular surgery back to family practice care in the community. Addressing this gap is a key part of realizing a comprehensive, connected care strategy from hospital to home.”

McGillion explains that currently in the SMArTVIEW research program, some surgical patients are provided with an intensive 30-day hospital-to-home monitoring and recovery support program. This new study will expand the assessment period to 60 days and provide semi-automated monitoring linked to a Family Health Team. The hope is that this experimental model will empower patients to be more active in their recovery process and to be better connected with their family doctors in order to stay well.

Previous McMaster School of Nursing beneficiaries of the HHS gala have included Dr. Diana Sherifali, who was awarded a grant for her diabetes research in 2018, and Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius, who was awarded a grant for her study, “Patient Empowerment and New Models of Personalized Cancer Care” in 2017

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