Using the internet to create informed patientsPresentation Transcript
Using The Internet to create Informed PatientsNrip NihalaniPlus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
WHY TALK ABOUT THE INTERNET Marshall McLuhan predicted in 1964 that our current and future electronic technologies would create a Global Village World Wide Web The pervasiveness of the WWW enables its users have “Access to Information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”. Consumer Patient By providing Patients with access to information, which can be used to influence how they make decisions regarding their health care, the Internet provides the ability to break down traditional barriers of power
WHAT CANT THE INTERNET DO It cannot cure you It cannot force you to take your pills It wont prevent you from taking the wrong medication It wont prevent a surgeon from mistakenly operating on the wrong knee It wont prevent a mishap in a surgery
THEN WHY USE IT Fast Efficient Tool for Information Risks Options Pervasive Medium In Expensive Collaborative Self Adjusting Inherent Quality Check
WHAT INFORMATION CAN THE INTERNET PROVIDE General Medical References neurocysticercosis Side Effect Information Surgical E.g. SIDE EFFECTS OF A LASIK SURGERY Drugs E.g. If it is not used at the correct dosage and frequency, Crocin may cause liver damage leading to liver failure Emergency and First Aid Information Recommendations for Medical Care Evaluations of hospitals, clinics and physicians Health Insurance Options Healthcare Plans from Labs and Centers
HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION This health Information can be used for: Evaluating Risks Decision making Disease Management Emotional support Health Promotion
WHERE IS THIS ON THE INTERNET Medical Websites Hospitals and Clinics Physicians and Surgeons Informative and Interactive Portals Digital Medical Libraries Medical Newsletters Push Channels Twitter – docFeedOnTweet IRC –> For the advanced Internet User
EXAMPLES MedicineNet www.medicinenet.com MedlinePlus www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.com NoBabyNow www.nobabynow.com DocFeedOnTweet on Twitter Wikipedia The Ultimate Fallback Option
PAIN POINTS TODAY There is still a lot of collaboration required which is missing Within Patient Communities Within the Medical Ecosystem Healthcare Professionals are yet to use this medium effectively Localized Sites with an Indian Context are few and still poor in Quality
HOW TO SOLVE THEM Step1 Patients force doctors to provide information Physicians, Clinics and Hospitals must get Websites Doctors must improve their Computer skills Doctors must start blogging, tweeting, becoming Social on the Web Doctors should encourage Patients to build online community forums where they can frankly discuss treatments --- INVOLVE THEM
STILL SOLVING Step 2 Online Electronic Medical Record Solutions Provide Patients with Personalized Health Records Patients: Use Emails with your doctors Save his Time Doctors : Use SMS’s to provide Alerts PUSH Info to the Patient Step 3 Lets do this first, else we will just keep talking
SUMMARY The Internet is a Fantastic Medium for sharing Healthcare Information and creating Informed Patients The Informed Patient can use the Internet to make sure the care they receive is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.