Ottawa, Ontario – May 15, 2018 – The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation today announces the launch of the NexJ Connected Wellness digital health tool as part of their comprehensive cancer coaching program.
“This is a real game changer for us,” explains Linda Eagen, President and CEO of the Cancer Foundation. “The NexJ app will make our cancer coaching services accessible virtually and allow us to reach more people. For some, travel and geography have been barriers, while others have struggled to come to us when they’re not feeling well. With NexJ, we can support these people when they need us most.”
NexJ Connected Wellness is a cloud-based, patient-centred digital platform developed in Canada. It provides a suite of easy-to-use, evidence-based tools that enable patients to securely capture personal health information, track daily activities such as exercise and food intake, monitor how they feel, and connect virtually with health care providers and caregivers.
All of the Cancer Foundation’s clients will now be able to download the NexJ app onto their phone, iPad or computer for free. It will allow them to access a action plan guiding them through their cancer journey and work with their cancer coach remotely for ongoing support.
Clients will also be able to consolidate their health information and share it with their support network of family, friends and health care professionals. They’ll be able to schedule their own appointments and securely message their coach as needed.
“It’s really an extension of what we’re already doing,” explains Eagen. “For the last seven years, our coaching services have helped survivors take charge of cancer, manage common treatment side effects and improve their health outcomes. This platform will put coach and client right in front of each other —wherever they are.”
The Cancer Foundation created their Cancer Coaching program to help fill the care gap and change the cancer experience for survivors and their families in eastern Ontario. Its team of regulated healthcare professionals work with cancer survivors to meet the challenges of cancer, achieve health and wellness goals, and improve quality of life. Coaching is proven to help cancer patients and survivors become active participants in their care and enjoy a more positive healthcare experience.
The Cancer Foundation joins other influential health care organizations leveraging the NexJ tool to improve health care services. These include Prostate Cancer Canada, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, York University and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, among others.
William Tatham is Founder and Executive Chair of NexJ Health Inc. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Cancer Foundation and support them in their vision to scale-up and make cancer coaching available to everyone in the region,” he says.
“This is a real tipping point in terms of our expansion,” adds Eagen. “Thanks to NexJ, our existing team of coaches now have a broader reach. With this tool, we have the potential to serve anyone in the region — the only thing in our way is more money to train more coaches. It is a goose bump moment.”
About the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is the voice for cancer survivorship in eastern Ontario, and a leader in our community in providing local residents with increased access to person-centred care through Cancer Coaching, innovative cancer research and a world-class clinical trials program. For more information, please visit www.ottawacancer.ca.
About NexJ Health
NexJ Health is a provider of cloud-based population health management solutions delivering patient engagement for chronic disease management. The solution is used by patients, payers, providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and retail pharmacies. NexJ Health Inc. is a Canadian company founded by William M. Tatham, a graduate of the University of Waterloo. NexJ Health was recognized as one of the top 100 global digital health companies in the Global Digital Health 100 Awards.
Josh Shaw, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
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