Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Patient Community Meeting : Pre - Conference Seminar

The first pre-conference was held at HELP on 20th August, 2011.

Young doctors and medical students shared their thoughts on how Information Therapy will help patients and doctors to get better medical care.

Some interesting ideas presented by Dr.Shaivi, Dr.Soumil, Dr.Manasi and Dr.Amar were:
1. The problem is not too little but too much information - how should the patient sieve through all the information
2. Patients are not aware of resources at hand;
3. Support groups are found to be helpful; online support groups equally helpful;
4. What makes the patient happy - is sitting down and talking to the patient - they don't care if the doctor is better known or better qualified;
5. Convert patients from being passive to active
6. Group therapy works better than individual therapy
7. How can IT be used: every hospital should have
- all health information available for patients
- EMR for each patient to help patients and also for research for specific populations
- information should be easily accessible
- translated information
- online access to pharmacies to purchase/refill medicines
- easy communication with your doctor (email/sms)
- obviate need of human communication
- online services should be interactive
8. End Goal of Information Therapy should be Happy Patient ...... Happy Doctor + Staff
9. A website to put up reviews of doctors/services by patients.
10. Arrange the hospital sections to provide a single window to patients for all services including information therapy.
11. Dr.Amar working at Tata welcomed the idea of patient education center at all hospitals.

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