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Avoiding A Fall – Prevention Tips

Picture the following scenario: Grandma is in the kitchen preparing her dinner. She starts working away near the kitchen sink, preparing her favorite recipe. Grandma missed her lunch hour dose of medications that included statins to reduce her cholesterol. As she starts to wash her vegetables, she hears the phone ring. She turns off the faucet, wipes her hands dry and as she scurries to pick up the phone. As she has exerted herself to prepare dinner, and then dashes to the phone, she suddenly feels weak and her muscle movement feels laboured. She misses a step and immediately [...]

2020-06-03T11:40:05-07:00May 14th, 2020|Blog|

Parkinson’s Disease: A Growing Threat Against Independent Living

There’s a growing threat amongst seniors wanting to live an independent lifestyle: and it’s commonly known as Parkinson’s Disease. One study1 indicates 930,000 Americans suffer this debilitating disease currently and that number will raise to an estimated 1.2 million by 2030.   What Is Parkinson’s Disease? According to the Mayo Clinic2, Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system (or neurodegenerative) disease that affects a body’s ability for movement. It leads to a loss of dopamine in the brain. Symptoms typically start gradually, or in stages (for example, a barely noticed hand tremor to something more severe) and will worsen [...]

2020-04-09T12:04:02-07:00April 9th, 2020|Blog|

Primary Non-adherence (PNA) – Missing the First Step to Recovery

We briefly spoke about Primary non-adherence (PNA) as a subcategory from our previous blog “4 types of medication non-adherence”. For this blog, we will explore the formal definition of PNA, what factors contribute to PNA, and what we can do to reduce the likelihood of PNA from occurring. What is Primary non-adherence? Primary non-adherence is defined as a failure to start treatment because the prescribed medication is not picked up or received. In contrast, Secondary non-adherence (SNA) is defined as a failure to take medication as prescribed, a failure to refill the prescription or to discontinues the treatment. [...]

2020-03-26T11:03:54-07:00March 26th, 2020|Blog|

The 4 Types of Medication Non-Adherence

In our last blog about “What is medication adherence? Why does it matter?” we took a closer look at medication adherence and how the community understands the term. In this blog we take it one step further as we explore medication non-adherence and find that it’s more than forgetting to take medication. Medication non-adherence is broken down into two categories: Primary (PNA) and Secondary non-adherence (SNA). Primary non-adherence occurs when a new medication is prescribed for a patient but the patient fails to obtain the medication (or its appropriate alternative) within an acceptable period of time after it [...]

2020-03-12T11:44:15-07:00March 12th, 2020|Blog|

5 Tips to Prevent Against Coronavirus in Care Home Facilities (Updated)

  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin, 1736 While it appears the context of the words above dealt more with fire prevention than medicine, the comment does hold its own when dealing with worldwide warnings and concern of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes it as a new strain of coronavirus that can infect (and/or transmit) between human and animal species. Common to other respiratory illnesses, if infected, symptoms include: Runny nose Sore throat Cough Fever More serious symptoms may lead to pneumonia and breathing difficulties. It [...]

2020-06-04T10:11:10-07:00February 25th, 2020|Blog|

What is Medication Adherence? Why Does it Matter?

What is this global talk of medication adherence about? Within the healthcare industry, it’s an ever revealing and trending discussion. For the everyday family that is collectively caregiving for an elderly member in the household, it’s a question that strikes a measure of curiosity even if yet unfamiliar. To understand the term in more depth, let’s explain first what it is not.   Medication adherence isn’t simply forgetting to take medication prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist (…now that we got that out of the way…).   The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) defines medication adherence as both ‘taking [...]

2020-02-27T11:32:41-07:00February 11th, 2020|Blog|

CuePath Talks to Researchers at Fraser Health-SFU Pitch Day Event

On November 27, 2019, CuePath participated in the Fraser Health-SFU Research Pitching Day event. This was the 4th time that this half-day event was held. The aim of the Pitch Day event is to build new research collaborations between Fraser Health, Simon Fraser University, and innovators in the community. Tech companies, doctors, inventors and community leaders “pitched” their innovations in hope of collaborating with researchers to validate the effectiveness of their new product or service. Many of the innovations pitched were still at the concept stage. There was a wide spectrum of pitches. Proposed research projects included new medical equipment, [...]

2020-01-29T12:02:33-07:00November 27th, 2019|Blog|

CuePath was Featured in C2CAN’s New Online Magazine (Sept. Edition)

Victor Lesau, CuePath Co-Founder and CEO, shares his experiences and stories with C2CAN on their new online & printed magazine.   Click here to read the full story : C2CAN September 2019 CuePath story

2020-01-29T12:40:25-07:00November 21st, 2019|Blog|

A Case for Making Medication Adherence the 5th Vital Sign

  The global healthcare industry recognizes four primary vital signs that are indicators of the human body’s essential life-sustaining functions. The vital signs provide a quick snapshot of the patient’s general health.   4 Primary Vital Signs Measurement Equipment Body temperature Thermometer Blood pressure Sphygmomanometer Heart rate (pulse) Stethoscope / watch Respiratory rate Stethoscope / watch   Paramedics and Emergency Response Technicians often observe pupil size as a vital sign that indicates medical conditions such as trauma, circulatory system arrest, central nervous system injury or drug overdose.  When a patient’s vital signs show readings that are outside of the normal [...]

2020-01-29T12:20:15-07:00November 15th, 2019|Blog|

CuePath Participates in LifeSciences BC Investor Summit by Lumira Ventures

CEO and Co-Founder of CuePath, Victor Lesau, presenting in the LifeSciences BC Investor Summit by Lumira Ventures On November 6th, 2019, CuePath’s CEO, Victor Lesau, presented at the Life Sciences BC Investor Summit (hosted by Lumira Ventures at the JW Marriott Parq Hotel in Vancouver). Seven presenting companies pitched to prospective investors within the healthcare innovation ecosystem.   “The Life Sciences Investment Summit brought together like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and community members working on technologies from biotech to digital health. It was a fantastic opportunity sharing our story and engaging with various conversations after the Summit,” stated Victor Lesau. CuePath [...]

2020-01-29T16:59:14-07:00November 8th, 2019|Blog|