Overview of Technologies in Health TAPESTRY

Technology is a central part of the Health TAPESTRY approach. It allows members of a person’s circle of care to share information easily and at a low cost.

Overview of Technologies in Health TAPESTRY

The specific needs of each community are the guide for which technologies are used in a local Health TAPESTRY project. The system of connected technologies used in Hamilton is helping people stay in touch with their circle of care and stay better engaged with their community.

In Hamilton, the Health TAPESTRY project uses technology that works together like this:

  • Before visiting a client, volunteers complete a training program. Part of that training program is available online through the Health TAPESTRY Volunteer Learning Centre (VLC), which is part of the Health TAPESTRY Learning Centre.
  • When volunteers visit a client, they gather information in several surveys with questions about a person’s life, health and goals. These surveys are completed inside the TAP-App. The TAP-App can be customized to match the needs of the community it is being used with.
  • The answers a client gives on the TAP-App are collected as a TAP Report. The client’s health care team can view the TAP Report once it is sent through OSCAR. OSCAR is an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) used by health professionals that contains a client’s health information
  • GENIE is an online tool that volunteers can use with clients. It can help clients describe their support network and can link them to community resources. When the volunteer and client have worked through GENIE, a report is given to the client. If they want to share this report with their health care team, it can be sent through OSCAR.
  • A client may also have a kindredPHR (Personal Health Record) account. This is a place for clients to track, manage and receive information about their health. Clients can invite other people, such as their health care team or family members, to see what is in their kindredPHR account and help them track information about their health.
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