Grand Challenges Canada Phase II

In Progress

To implement a text-messaging service (WelTel) for HIV medication adherence in addition to other healthcare conditions at clinical sites across Kenya.

WelTel Retain

In Progress

To determine whether the WelTel intervention can improve retention in care among HIV-infected individuals who are not yet taking antiretroviral medication.

WelTel Oak Tree

In Progress

HIV/AIDS in British Columbia. The goal of this study is to assess clinical outcomes (e.g. CD4 counts, HIV viral loads, clinic appointment attendance, HIV medication adherence) in a group of 100 high-risk individuals, using the WelTel text messaging intervention.

Managing Asthma with Tele-health Technology

A Feasibility Study

Investigation of the use of a text messaging service with an electronic asthma action plan. The purpose of this study is to assist subjects to practice asthma self-management at home that will eventually help improve asthma control and prevent asthma exacerbations (worsening) but will also help care providers to intervene appropriately based on the patient’s health status.

The Cedar Project

In Progress

Using Mobile Phone Technology to Improve HIV Treatment and Service Utilization Among Young Aboriginal People Living With or at Risk of HIV in Remote Settings.

LTBI mHealth Study

In Progress

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Examine the Effectiveness of the Use of Mobile Phones and Text Messaging to Improve Adherence to Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection

WelTel Mobile Health Intervention at a Tuberculosis Clinic in BC: A Pilot Study

Project Completed

110 participants completed surveys about cell phone ownership and use, as well as perceived acceptability of the intervention.

16 people participated in a 12-week pilot intervention study. The intervention was well received by participants and health care providers.

WelTel Kenya1

Project Completed

A multisite randomized controlled trial of HIV-positive adults initiating antiretroviral therapy in Kenya. This trial assessed whether mobile phone communication between health-care workers and patients improved drug adherence and viral load suppression.

Grand Challenges Canada Phase I

Project Completed

To implement the text-messaging service (WelTel) at a demonstration site in Kenya and develop a sustainable business model that can be used to scale up the intervention in resource-limited settings.

WelTel BC1 Oak Tree Clinic Pilot

Project Completed

25 participants were enrolled to examine the feasibility and acceptability of the WelTel mobile phone text messaging service to provide enhanced support to HIV-positive individuals attending the Oak Tree Clinic. The WelTel text-messaging intervention was valued by both healthcare providers and HIV-positive participants as a consistent and easy-to-use method for facilitating and maintaining communication.