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Hamilton, March 23, 2020 – In partnership with local Tech company, Lumedi Inc., The Hamilton Academy of Medicine (HAM) is taking steps to flatten the COVID-19 curve in the Hamilton. To facilitate early detection, HAM is supporting a study that will analyze data collected by the COVID-19 Community Watch App. The App will elicit up-to-date data on emerging trends and “Hotspots” in the community to provide advance warning to front-line health care institutions.
“We are living through unprecedented times.” Said Dr. Simon Oczkowski, President of the Hamilton Academy of Medicine and Critical Care Doctor in Hamilton. “The spread of COVID-19 is threatening to overload the health care system and is rapidly changing the way doctors provide care to their patients. We require rapid access to the best available data in order to provide the best care.”
The Covid-19 Community Watch App will build community awareness and involvement. The App monitors trends within geographic regions and demographics. Participants self-report symptoms each day and results will be examined by HAM’s physician leaders. Findings will inform Doctors, Public Health, Hospital Systems, and other relevant stakeholders of up-to-date trends in the community.
How it works:
The Hamilton Academy of Medicine is asking Hamiltonians to complete a 30 second survey once a day, every-day during the crisis at: https://covid19app.ca/
“Dear patients, friends and Hamiltonians: Working together, we can make a difference.” Said Dr. Richard Tytus, Family Doctor at Steel City Medical and HAM Past President, “With your help, we can identify areas that are at high risk and get help where help is needed most. Be Safe.”
Please ask your Hamiltonian friends, family, and colleagues to participate. Share this tool on social media. We need to act now to make a difference. please take the survey and spread the word.
COVID-19 Community Watch app. https://covid19app.ca/
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The Hamilton Academy of Medicine is a local voluntary professional association funded by physicians for physicians. The Academy binds the medical community of the Greater Hamilton Area, promoting a spirit of cooperation and unity, while meeting the educational, social and political needs of its members. The Academy acts at the territorial branch society of District 4 of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) providing a full range of programs, services and benefits to assist member physicians. HAM has long history of advocating for the health of our community.
For more information, please contact:
Jessica Wooder, Executive Director
Email: [email protected]
Congratulations to Dr. Carys Massarella for receiving the YMCA Women of Distinction Award – Health Category
Dr. Carys Massarella is an emergency physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and is the lead physician for the Transgender Care Program at Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catharines. Dr. Massarella sees and treats transgender identified clients and is a leading expert in transgender care. She is an assistant clinical professor at the DeGroote School of Medicine and also lectures widely on transgender health care. Recent appearances include TEDx: The Depathologization of Trans Identity, TEDx Hamilton: The false Narrative of Deception, and the CBC Doc Zone documentary Transforming Gender. She was the first transgendered person to be a president of a hospital medical staff anywhere in the world and was named one of the World’s 50 Transgender Icons by Huffington Post.
Hamilton Opioid Surveillance and Monitoring
Hamilton Public Health Services is collaborating with Hamilton Paramedic Services, Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and community partners to provide timely opioid-related information to the public. Between January 10, 2017 and April 23, 2017, Hamilton Paramedic Services responded to 94 calls related to opioid overdoses. Most opioid overdose cases (80%) were male, and the average age of cases was 36 years. Opioid misuse is the third leading cause of accidental death in Ontario. A poster can be printed by clicking here. For more information on the Hamilton opioid monitoring site: visit www.hamilton.ca/opioidmonitoring
Listed are some informative websites. The materials and other information provided by these sites are for educational, communication and information purposes only and are not intended to replace or constitute the giving of medical advice or treatments by your physician.
About Kids Health – The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto
Hamilton Opioid Surveillance and Monitoring
Mental Health – Canadian Mental Health Association
Travel Information – Travel Health Notices
Women’s Health – Women’s College Hospital
For more links and materials please visit our Internet Resources Page.