Bringing care closer to people with Crohn’s or colitis

As part of the Promoting Access and Care through Centres of Excellence (PACE) Network, researchers at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital are working to improve access to healthcare for people with Crohn’s or colitis living in underserved geographic regions. The PACE IBD Telemedicine Program connects people from remote or underserved communities to Mount Sinai’s team of interdisciplinary Crohn’s and colitis experts through telemedicine eVisits.
 
A telemedicine eVisit is similar to a regular office visit. The only difference is the doctor sees and talks to his or her patient through a television or computer screen. These eVisits allow people with Crohn’s or colitis to receive consultations and follow-up appointments without the need to leave their communities.
 
Mount Sinai’s PACE IBD Telemedicine Program is currently seeking Ontarians with Crohn’s or colitis, who reside 100 km or more outside of Toronto, to take part in the initiative. Eligible individuals:

  • Have a diagnosis or Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis;
  • Live at least 100 km outside of Toronto; and
  • Require, but are not currently receiving, care from an IBD specialist OR are currently a patient at the IBD Centre of Excellence at Mount Sinai Hospital.
For more information, or to find out if these IBD telemedicine appointments are right for you, please contact IBD Telemedicine Coordinator, Shelley Bouchard, by clicking here.
 
Launched in May 2016, the PACE Network is the largest Canadian collaborative care effort for adults living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. By uniting leading researchers with people living with Crohn’s or colitis, PACE aims to raise care standards so Canadians impacted by inflammatory bowel disease can live better lives.

For the full news release on the PACE Network, click here.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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