October 12, 2017
For Immediate Release
ARTHRITIS COMMUNITY LEADERS LAUNCH NEW PATIENT PORTAL TO IMPROVE PATIENT CARE IN BC
ArthritisBC+Me Portal helps BC patients learn about arthritis programs and resources
(Vancouver) — A group of BC’s leading arthritis specialists, researchers and patient groups are pleased to announce the launch of the ArthritisBC+Me portal designed to help BC patients learn about arthritis and local programs best suited to their needs. The first of its kind in Canada, the portal represents the commitment of the community partners – Arthritis Consumer Experts, Arthritis Research Canada, Mary Pack Arthritis Program, The Arthritis Society and the BC Society of Rheumatologists – to making arthritis information and services more accessible to the estimated 1 in 5 British Columbians who are living with arthritis.
“After consultation with arthritis patients and their healthcare providers, the need for a central information resource was clearly identified, says Dr. Kam Shojania, Medical Director, Mary Pack Arthritis Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Clinical Professor and Head, Division of Rheumatology University of British Columbia. “The ArthritisBC+Me Portal will provide patients key information they require that should result in a greater number of British Columbians accessing the many existing high quality arthritis resources and treatment and care services in BC.”
The ArthritisBC+Me Portal is a website that will enable patients to stay informed about the latest news and research about arthritis prevention, treatment options and disease management programs in their community. Patients will also have access to an arthritis program monthly calendar, links to volunteer and research participation opportunities and connections to community members through social media.
“One of the key elements for models of arthritis care is that the patient must be fully educated about their disease, the many ways it can be managed and the services that can help them from a diverse team of healthcare professionals and patient advocates,” says Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President, Arthritis Consumer Experts. “This portal will help patients search and find the resources available to them on their pathway of care, from prevention, diagnosis, treatment to management and ensure they have access to the right care provider, at the right time.”