B3-a -The ICANBEWELL app improves community health

3. Integrated care and community responses

  • Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • Concurrent Session B
  • Time: 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Style: Live Workshop (45 minutes-session)
  • Focus: Balance between both (e.g. Presentation of a best-practice guideline that combines research evidence, policy issues and practical steps for implementation)
  • Target Audience: Leadership, Clinical providers, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

After this session FHT team members will be able to 

  1. Locate up to date, bilingual, preventive guidelines for Canadian adults (including COVID-19)
  2. Refer patients to an evidence-based interactive mobile app so these patients will be empowered to take preventive care into their own hands  
  3. Locate resources for vulnerable populations   
  4. Link quickly to recent public health recommendations
  5. Teach patients about preventive care  
  6. Save time in clinic  


A single mother with two children loses her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She asks herself: Will I get COVID-19? Where can I go for food? She googles “help for COVID-19”, and scans social media. She finds the icanbewell app. She finds the self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and general prevention information. She clicks on the tab for financial and social assistance. finds free counseling for her struggling teen. During a virtual visit her family physician reinforces the use of the icanbewell app for updates on COVID and timing of her pap test when restrictions are loosened.  Our app icanbewell is the only Canadian evidence-based, bilingual, mobile application for preventive care. It has a patient interface and health care provider interface. It was created by an interdisciplinary group of family physicians, nurse practitioners, and students from the Faculty of Engineering University of Ottawa.  

During our interactive presentation, we will demonstrate how family physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses can save time using different features of the app. Through case-based vignettes, they will learn to search by age and gender to obtain a list of applicable preventive measures for a particular patient. They will be able to access teaching materials for patients about prevention and refer their patients to a reliabel educational tool. They will learn how to quickly update their knowledge on evidence-based adult preventive guidelines including research on COVID-19 ranked by quality of evidence.      

Visit https://canbewell-uottawa.firebaseapp.com/ and click on the video at the top of landing page.  


  • Dr Cleo Mavriplis, Family Physician, Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, Bruyere Academic FHT


  • Dr Cleo Mavriplis, Family Physician, Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, Bruyere Academic FHT
  • Tawnya Shimizu NP-PHC, Bruyere Academic FHT    
  • Manon Bouchard NP-PHC, Bruyere Academic FHT