(From left) OUHK President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Mr Nicholas W. Yang, Chairman of the Elderly Commission Dr Lam Ching-choi, and Acting Dean of OUHK School of Nursing and Health Studies Prof. Linda Lee Yin-king officiate at the kick-off ceremony of the mobile application "e-Care".
Over 300 healthcare volunteers attended the orientation day of the School’s Home Health Watch programme held on the same day. They will receive free community healthcare training and learn to use “eCare” to help promote the application in the community.
In the face of challenges brought by an aging population, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) launched a new healthcare mobile application "eCare" last Saturday (26 October) to provide health management services for the elderly and chronic patients, as well as to facilitate health promotion in communities. The meaningful initiative is supported by the "Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living" under the Innovation and Technology Bureau with a funding of HK$3.8 million.
A ceremony to officially launch the new mobile application was held last Saturday at the main campus of the OUHK. Officiating at the ceremony were the Secretary for Innovation and Technology Mr Nicholas W. Yang, Chairman of the Elderly Commission Dr Lam Ching-choi, President of the OUHK Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, and Acting Dean of OUHK School of Nursing and Health Studies Prof. Linda Lee Yin-king.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong expressed his sincere gratitude to the Innovation and Technology Bureau for their staunch support and funding towards the app "eCare". He said, "OUHK is committed to promoting Hong Kong as a healthy city. The launch of the app "eCare", which provides round-the-clock health support service for the elderly and chronic patients, could enable the app users to improve control over their own health." Prof. Wong added that they would collaborate with hospitals, clinics and NGOs to further promote the app and it is hoped to achieve 20,000 downloads within the first two years, and is expected to serve more than 100,000 people in the future.
Designed and developed by a professional team from the School of Nursing and Health Studies of the OUHK, "eCare" comes with five features which help the seniors and chronic patients to maintain their daily self-care routine in an easier and convenient manner. In view that many of them have to take multiple medications daily and attend clinical appointments on a regular basis, the reminder function of “eCare” could help alert users so that they would not miss the medications or forget to attend clinical appointments. By scanning or inputting the details of the prescription drugs, the app could also provide general knowledge and the proper use of the medicines. Their caregivers could also receive notifications if users forget to take the medicines or attend the appointments. Medication records of the users could also be shared with their doctors as reference.
In addition, "eCare" has a built-in free drug information database, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, which contains information of over 200 common medicinal drugs in Chinese. Users could learn more about the efficacy and side effects of the drugs they are taking. The app can also show videos related to some general knowledge of medicines, such as the proper way of taking inhaled drugs.
The orientation day of the School's Home Health Watch programme was held on the same day. Over 300 healthcare volunteers will receive free community healthcare training in the coming year at the OUHK, as well as to learn to use "eCare" to help promote the application in the community.
"eCare" is now available for free download at the Google Play store and the IOS version will be ready in near future. Details can be obtained at the App Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/ecareouhk/.
About the OUHK:
Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. As a dynamic and innovative university, the OUHK currently offers over 200 programmes of different academic levels to about 10,000 full-time students and 9,000 full-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students' learning aspirations and society's talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.
OUHK comprises five Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) provides lifelong learning opportunities by offering full-time sub-degree programmes, community learning and professional programmes. OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk.