AI Modelling for Chat-text and Biometric Data Collection and Analytics for a Cloud-based Medical Advising Platform

Your Doctors Online is an online smartphone-based application that allows registered patients to chat with experienced and board-certified doctors 24 hours and 7 days a week. Patients can chat, upload images or videos, and get immediate medical advice about a variety of health issues such as cold and flu, sexual health and dermatology avoiding the lengthy waiting period of a hospital or a clinic. Currently patients need to use their own devices to measure their biometric data and the doctors have to look up previous doctors’ notes to provide an informed advice.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic challenges for families with children impacted by Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa (CAO) is a non-profit organization supporting families with children impacted by Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to families already strained by the complexity of caregiving for these children. Many issues have been identified such as caregiver burnout, social isolation, mental health issues of all family members, and even increased violence in the home.

Leveraging Community Support Services to Support Integrated Health and Social System Response to COVID-19

Social distancing due to COVID-19 has meant that older adults have not been as able to see their doctors. Older adults have chronic conditions, such as diabetes, that can flare up and cause emergencies. So, finding older adults who are unwell is very important. Community support services, such as those providing meals-on-wheels, are available to find older adults who need help. Researchers designed a self-report tool to use over the phone to see if a person needs to see a health-care worker or go to the hospital.

Mitigating the social consequences of COVID-19 in a retirement residence

Part of the foundation of retirement residences is that older adults can benefit from living close to each other and the services they desire. Under social distancing rules, this assumption is challenged. Finlandia Village, like many other organisations needs to study this situation to work out how to adapt marketing, strategy, and new developments. In this project we will have two interns working at Finlandia Village. They will talk with residents about how their connections with friends and family have been affected by COVID-19 and social distancing measures.

Understanding and reducing the impacts of COVID-19 on personal support workers in an Ontario long-term care home

The impact of COVID-19 on long-term care, a sector previously struggling with critical challenges of recruitment and retention, has been devastating. The core working group, personal support workers, has been particularly impacted. Studies with other providers such as nurses have demonstrated stress and burnout during past pandemics as well as the negative influences on staff turnover. However, how personal support workers have experienced this pandemic and how this will impact existing human resource challenges is unknown.

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on quality of life in families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia

The purpose of this research project is to understand how families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in British Columbia can be best supported during COVID-19 and in similar pandemics. This will be accomplished by surveying parents and assessing how their child/ren and family have functioned during the current or Phase 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic, including their access to government services and supports. Their degree of satisfaction with government policies, specific to families affected by ASD, in the midst of the pandemic, will be assessed.

Supporting the mental health of Canadians in times of pandemic: Exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on wellbeing and validating context-appropriate e-mental health interventions

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in multiple spheres of life and increased psychological distress, depression, and anxiety in many Canadians. With practices of social distancing implemented by the governments combined with an increased demand for psychological support, mental health agencies are forced to be creative and develop e-mental health interventions and tools.

Supporting Non-Profits through COVID-19: Online Social Innovation Labs

United Way will be adapting their resources around the creation of a Social Innovation Lab to provide support to organisations impacted by COVID19, specifically be increasing their capacity to deal with new COVID-related challenges. The research will provide evidence and direction for the creation an online collaborative platform that allows community service agencies to access expertise, support and training through a dedicated online portal.

Research and Development of Urinary Metabolome-based Personalized Health Assessment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Autism and Environmental Exposure - Year One

Despite the growing interests and publications in metabolomics, there is a significant gap between what have been found through scientific studies and what have actually been applied in clinical practice and preventative healthcare. This proposed project aims to fill this gap by addressing two major causes; 1) lack of utilization in existing metabolomics data and published findings, and 2) lack of an accessible tool to collect samples for metabolomics data at home. The first issue is addressed by text mining of published studies and online databases using machine learning techniques.

COVID-19 Grocery Response NDG

Grocery Response NDG is a grocery ordering and delivery program for seniors 70+ who are confined to their homes during the pandemic. The project is a joint initiative of Concordia University (Ageing + Communication + Technologies – ACT) and New Hope Seniors Centre. The Québec response to the COVID-19 pandemic requires seniors 70 and over to self-isolate Seniors with limited or no social networks and no access to the Internet are especially at risk.

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