iCARE-PD Consortium / iCARE-PD Objectives
Since 2015, Dr. Tiago Mestre, movement disorder specialist and neurologist at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. David Grimes, and their team, have been developing the Integrated Parkinson’s Care Network (IPCN). IPCN is a patient-centred model of care based on the concepts of care integration, patient empowerment, and personalized, technology-enabled care.
The Ottawa Hospital’s Parkinson Research Consortium has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to lead an international consortium intended to refine the IPCN and continue to develop its health technology platform (virtual PD coach) that will allow for patient self- education and online health tracking. The iCARE-PD international consortium has the participation of leading PD centers in various European countries, including Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy and Portugal.
Set to begin in 2019, the iCARE-PD international consortium will receive a total of $2.2 million CAD from six national granting agencies and the ERA-LEARN grant, to complete five projects over three years.
[Source: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, ohfoundation.ca]
The Lead Partners
iCARE-PD international consortium
iCare-PD is a project that is dedicated to address complex care in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) by developing and implementing an integrated care delivery model across various countries. iCare-PD is made up of a wide multidisciplinary team involving specialists in Parkinson’s Disease, social scientists, health economists, experts in law and ethics and patients’ advisors who faithfully continue to research and improve the quality of life of people living with PD. iCare-PD is still an expanding project. As more technology gets introduced and more expertise gets added to our project, we’re able to consistently improve our accommodations for Parkinson’s Disease patients with integrated technologies that best suit their needs.
The goal of our project is to create an accessible and sustainable, integrated care model with the intention of improving Parkinson’s patients’ quality of life and the quality of care that they receive. On our website, visitors can read all about the technologies in development and research projects as they progress.