The Journal of mHealth Vol 2 Issue 4 (August) - Page 18

Industry News Partnership to Study a Patient Tablet App for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery has partnered with SeamlessMD, a company which provides a cloud-based patient engagement solution for surgery, to study the performance of a patient tablet application for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS).   The study, which is funded by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), will determine whether a patient tablet application can improve patient adherence to ERAS care processes, reduce manual labour needed for data auditing and improve patient outcomes.   Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs are a patient-centred approach to integrate evidence-based interventions into a coordinated, multidisciplinary care plan encompassing the entire perioperative pathway. A growing body of research has shown ERAS programs to significantly reduce hospital length of stay and patient morbidity for major surgery.   The MUHC’s Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery has long been a leader in ERAS care, having first implemented an ERAS program for colorectal surgery in 2006, and developing programs in thoracic, urologic, orthopaedic and hepatobiliary surgery through a dedicated Surgical Recovery team.   "We are excited to be working with SeamlessMD to use technology to improve patient care. Currently, the ERAS protocol and audit tool is resource intensive and requires additional personnel. We also wanted new ways to engage patients in their recovery. We have been looking for an innovative solution to help with this,” says Dr. Liane Feldman, Principal Investigator for the study and Director of the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre f