FONEMED, a health information technology (IT) services company, reported that the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF), has invested in a major R&D effort to deliver the next generation of remote disease management services.

The FONEMED@Home Division develops integrated technology and services, including remote monitoring, care transition, health coaching and post-discharge follow-up care.

The project, with total estimated costs of $3.9m, will receive approximately $2.4m in support from the AIF.

FONEMED medical director Michael Weaver said payers are pushing to control costs and improve outcomes through new approaches like Accountable Care Organizations and Patient Centered Medical Home programs.

"FONEMED’s integration of remote medical devices and communications technologies with health professionals, information infrastructures and operating systems provides the interactive extension of hands-on care," Weaver said.