Design and Analysis of a Platform to Connect Patients, Providers, and their Social Networks

The healthcare system in Canada and world-wide is suffering increased pressure due to an aging population and increased rates of chronic disease. Research shows that self-management and social networks are key indicators for reducing utilization and cost and improving outcomes of healthcare systems. Lifeguard Health Solutions Inc. has developed a mobile health application that uses technology to connect patients with their providers, their trusted support network, and their peers to improve self-management and social network strength. Through a before and after pilot study in a select disease patient group, we will analyze the effects of the application on patient education, patient satisfaction, and levels of adherence and compliance to prescribed care plans.
Faculty Supervisor:

Hannah Wong


Shoshana Hahn-Goldberg


Lifeguard Health Networks Inc.


Epidemiology / Public health and policy


Life sciences


York University



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