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Empowering prostate cancer survivors

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Need

Approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. With improved testing and better treatment options, the death rate has declined significantly in the past decade. However, prostate cancer survivors face isolation and anxiety throughout their survivorship phase, despite strong support from family and healthcare providers.

Ned is a self-care platform that uniquely links patients and their providers to reduce the burden that many patients face and ultimately enhance the survivorship journey. For patients, Ned presents a personalized view of their own symptoms, allows access to their Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) results, and provides clinically validated surveys such as the Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaires. This data can be analyzed by their providers to prompt behavioural or treatment changes, or to inform trends in health outcomes. Ned is an empowering solution that enriches patients’ understanding of their own conditions and improves communication with their oncologists.

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Our Service

Collaborating with the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Trillium Health Partners, and Janssen Inc., our team led the design of Ned. Employing a user-centered process, we ensured that the app could be seamlessly integrated and contribute positively to the patient and their provider’s everyday life.

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Ned has taught us that we can design an experience that keeps the patient involved in their disease management, and brings them back to caring for themselves.

Laura Parente, Senior Designer

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What’s Next

In 2016, Ned will undergo a multi-institutional phase-2 clinical validation trial in Toronto. The primary objective of the trial will be to evaluate the efficacy of the platform for prostate cancer self-management and patient care, and facilitate provider-based incorporation of Health Related Quality of Life tools into routine clinical practice.

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