Baxter Corporation and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton: Harnessing the Power of Digital Devices for Patient Education

Baxter Corporation and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton: Harnessing the Power 
of Digital Devices for Patient Education 
HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Today at St. Joseph's Charlton Campus, one 
of the busiest dialysis centres in South Central Ontario, representatives from 
Baxter Corporation were on site to announce a new quarter-million-dollar gift 
that will modernize the way that patients living with chronic kidney disease 
are educated on the management of their condition. 
Statistics show that many patients who currently dialyze in acute care 
hospitals are eligible for personal home-based or peritoneal dialysis systems. 
However, those same patients may be nervous about playing such a leadership 
role in the management of their disease. That's where this new gift from 
Baxter comes in. 
Currently, patients living with chronic kidney disease who are beginning to 
examine various dialysis treatment options are provided with handouts and 
booklets complemented by approximately five in-person meetings with a dialysis 
support worker or nurse. While the vast majority of dialysis patients choose 
to receive their treatment in-hospital, St. Joseph's Strategic Plan, which is 
aligned with the provincial initiatives of the Ontario Renal Network, is 
designed to increase the number of patients using home-based or peritoneal 
dialysis methods. 
The program that Baxter and St. Joseph's Healthcare are piloting is designed 
to offer more accessible, detailed and digital information to patients living 
with chronic kidney disease to foster a greater comfort level and confidence 
level in their ability to help manage their condition. In three phases, the 
program Patient First will focus on pre-dialysis education, peritoneal 
dialysis education, and self-management education for home dialysis patients, 
and through its program Pathways to Empowerment, Baxter will also support 
health coaching by dialysis nurses to help embed patient self-management into 
daily practice and align with Registered Nurses Association of Ontario best 
practice guidelines. 
As the internet and smart phone technologies continue to be the place where 
most Canadians turn for health information, Baxter and St. Joseph's are 
planning to harness the power of digital devices to help dialysis patients. 
Through a Plan-Do-Study-Act methodology, Baxter and St. Joseph's will also 
monitor and evaluate the impact of these new digital educational tools to 
ensure they are meeting the needs of patients and their care-providers. 
"Baxter is dedicated to helping dialysis patients live well, feel well and do 
well on renal replacement therapy. With our shared mission to enhance the care 
of patients who are living with kidney disease, we are pleased to partner with 
St Joseph's to drive innovation in home dialysis education and help empower 
patients with learning tools and coaching support to feel more confident and 
supported to succeed," said Mike Oliver, General Manager, Baxter 
Corporation. "Advancing novel self-management approaches for patients that 
can help to expand the choice of home therapies such as peritoneal dialysis 
(PD) not only present opportunities for greater efficiencies and cost savings 
in the delivery of Canadian healthcare but PD therapy can also provide a 
strong bridge to transplant for patients awaiting a replacement kidney." 
Dr. Darin Treleaven is the head of St. Joseph's Nephrology Program. He is 
also deeply involved in the execution of this new project. "At St. Joe's, as 
a leading research centre and a hospital, we're not just interested in 
treating kidney disease. Through projects like Patient First, and in 
partnership with companies like Baxter, we are delving into the management and 
prevention of disease and evaluating the tools we are using with our patients 
to better understand their needs, and the impact of the care we're 
providing. It's not just about enhancing care, it's about research that 
informs the future of care as well," he said. 
St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation President and CEO, Sera Filice-Armenio, was 
on hand to thank Baxter Corporation for their investment in care at the 
Hospital. "This is an example of how partnerships between the public and 
private sector of healthcare can truly enhance the care of patients who are 
living with kidney disease in our region. As a leader in kidney and urinary 
care, we are honoured that Baxter would choose St. Joseph's as the 
organization to lead the development of this impactful online educational 
program that has the potential to touch the lives of more than 30,000 
Canadians who are currently on dialysis," she said. 
About St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton & Foundation: 
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is an acute care, teaching and research 
hospital with three sites and is affiliated with the Faculty of Health 
Sciences at McMaster University and Mohawk College. For more information, 
visit St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation is the fundraising arm 
of the Hospital. We work with individuals, corporations and foundations who 
are interested in supporting the Hospital that has been caring for this region 
for more than 122 years. To learn more, visit 
About Baxter Corporation: 
As a subsidiary of Baxter International Inc., Baxter Corporation manufactures 
and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with 
hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and 
other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified 
healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in 
medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that 
advance patient care worldwide. To learn more about Baxter, visit 
Carrie Trembinski Director, Marketing & Communications St. Joseph's Healthcare 
Foundation 905.522.1155, ext. 34341 
Heather MacDonnell Manager, Communications Baxter Corporation 905.369.6398 
SOURCE: St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation 
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