Where are we now?
- Historically patients with existing conditions visit their doctors regularly to determine whether a course of treatment is effective.
- The patient is required to recall what has occurred since the last visit to aide the doctor in deciding upon the next steps.
- Some patients feel like they are passive participants in this interaction, with the key decisions being made by the doctor based on what can be remembered by the patient.
- The doctor prescribes medication or other forms of therapy to address the specific symptoms reported and the known medical history
A New Approach
- Patients keep on-line records of their health conditions including the monitoring of symptoms and the results of home self tests such as blood pressure, blood sugar, weight etc.
- Patients using prescription medication can monitor their use and determine if the condition is improving, stabilising or deteriorating.
- Patients monitor their lifestyle including diet, exercise, work, sleep patterns, menstrual cycles etc.
- Patients utilise comparisons to see how one thing affects another, how going for a walk might lower your blood pressure, or how eating one thing or another will increase/decrease blood sugar levels.
- Patients keep this record up to date whenever and wherever they are, its as easy as sending a text message
- Patients utilise on-line resources to learn about their condition and see what patient communities are suggesting and see if those tips and tricks work for themselves.
- Patients are then better prepared for the next visit by having a rich medical and lifestyle history which can be presented to the physician.
- Patients can prepare for visits by completing online self assessment and quality of life questionnaires which are made available to the physicians ahead of the visit.
- A view of this on-line medical record can be made available securely to other physicians in the case of an emergency to allow existing conditions and medications to be considered.
- Patients can interact with their physicians in newer innovative ways, such as email, text and picture messaging, video and audio conferencing, on-line collaboration, telemedicine and other forms of electronic communication to improve the accessibility.
- Patients can upload important documents relating to medical insurance, lab results, photos, videos, scans, or any other digital items that could be useful to themselves or a doctor at home or whilst travelling.
- Patients use Healthy Tweeting to maintain their on-line health and lifestyle record click here to find out more about Healthy Tweeting.
- The free service is secure and encrypted with all the information remaining protected being only accessible to those who are granted access by the patient.
- The patients personalises the system to define what they want to record, they then collect this information in the form of secure structured tweets, whenever and wherever they are.
- These tweets are immediately graphed to show trends, but the patient can compare multiple structured tweet types to see how one thing affects another. How medication, diet and lifestyle impact the health both positively and negatively can be seen easily.
- Patients can record on-line self assessments and quality of life questionnaires.
- Patients can tweet using any electronic device which has an internet connection including desktop/laptop computer, games consoles, tablet computers, mobile phones etc., optionally store the GPS location for later mapping.
- Patients use Healthy Treating to more effectively communicate and collaborate with their doctor, click here to find out more about Healthy Treating.
- Patients can participate in “within browser” video/audio and text messaging allowing for virtual consultations to take place, so the patient does not even have to leave home to see the doctor.
- Patients can also use on-line screen sharing to allow the physician to view documents and other materials which they may not have access to stored either within the application or on the computer being used.
- Patients manage the relationship with their physicians through this platform, granting secure access to their doctors, therapists or indeed any other healthcare professional.
- Patients with chronic conditions can search for and request participation within research or pharmaceutical studies and trials.
- Patients use Healthy Teaching to learn about their condition, symptoms, medication and other items, click here to find out more about Healthy Teaching.
- The patient is able to subscribe to public feeds published by authors from around the world.
- Patients who have established a link to their physician through ‘Healthy Treating’ can view the ‘protected’ feeds which they publish just to their patients.
- Doctors do not know everything, and there is a wealth of online resources which are constantly being updated, Healthy Teaching allows the patient to subscribe to these resources allow for a more natural less structured learning experience.
- Patients can monitor RSS News Feeds, web sites, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and other web resources looking for relevant resources and make recommendations to the physician for inclusion in their feeds.
- Patients can also undertake more traditional structured learning.
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