1125@Carleton at Carleton University has partnered with Health First, an Ottawa based not-for-profit organization, to support the development of an innovative mobile health services system that will empower front-line nurses working in First Nations communities.
“We are extremely excited about the partnership with 1125@Carleton,” said John MacBeth, president and CEO of Health First. “United with the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, 1125@Carleton rounds out a committed group of progressive and publically focused organizations. Disruptive thinking, corporate social activism and innovation are at the core of our vision and 1125@Carleton provides us with a perfect base camp for our movement to thrive.”
MacBeth, who is also a PhD student at Carleton’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, designed the Health First App to help nurses by providing a cloud-based technology to maintain patient records in at-risk communities. The Health First App will replace a paper-based record keeping system that currently exists in a number of First Nations communities.
The app is designed to:
- Allow nurses to focus on clients rather than paperwork;
- Improve the safety and security of sensitive information; and
- Ensure accessibility to the app by making it affordable to users.
The Health First app represents an opportunity to provide unique access to electronic health information in First Nations communities.