Courtney, Karen

Assistant Professor

Contact

Phone number: (250) 721-8599
Email: court009@uvic.ca
Department: School of Health Information Science

Research description:

- Health systems research
- Telehealth tools to enhance the delivery of care
- Informatics curriculum development
- Clinical decision making
- Underserved populations
- Diffusion of innovations and geographic information
Expertise Profile
Dr. Karen Courtney is helping older adults age in place, wherever that place may be.

"I am interested in how place or location can affect health outcomes on both an individual level and a population level," says the assistant professor in the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria.

To assist lower income older adults who are still living on their own in the community, Dr. Courtney is looking at telehealth solutions to keep them there.

She has built a multi-user community health kiosk where every user gets an ID and pass code. This allows people to both securely share their data and receive information from health care providers.

The kiosks will measure vital signs like blood pressure and weight, as well as doing other types of standardized assessments. Eventually cameras could allow users to have real time conversations with their providers.

Dr. Courtney is working on Vancouver Island to see if the kiosks fit into telehealth models here and is trying to secure grants in the United States to put the kiosks in community health centres and other places people tend to visit.

Another project looks at telecommunication tools for the care of people who are dying at home.

She brings her research examples into teaching, informing students about how technology can enhance quality of care.

Ultimately, Dr. Courtney hopes to improve the health and quality of life of older adults.


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