Innovation of Precare

Innovation of Precare

In the context of the pursuit of patient-centred care, patient education and involvement have become pillars leading to holistic care and improved outcome.

Standard care for patient information

Cost containment is intertwined with healthcare and providing accurate information to patients leads to  a decrease in high cost nursing time, in-person patient information sessions, and quickly outdated and expensive printed guides given to patients. Language barriers have become a significant problem vis à vis patient understanding and retention of information, and most hospitals provide their medical guides in only one language.

Understanding medical information is often challenging, covering a multitude of complex concepts that are difficult to process and retain for a large proportion of patients and their families.

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Proposed intervention

Cost containment can significantly be improved using patient directed web-based animated video information also accessible through a mobile application. This reduces the reprinting of paper booklets, eliminates patient information sessions and allows to better utilize nursing time. The animations are easily adaptable to updates and changes in the medical literature. Language barriers disappear as information is portrayed visually accompanied by audio tracks adapted to the region and subtitles translated professionally in 15 languages. Understanding will be easier than ever before as the platform uses the most up-to-date established literature and guidelines presented in a simple to follow and engaging animated cartoon in the patient’s native language, the intended result being to facilitate comprehension and cooperation. Improved patient understanding reduces the cost of care and readmissions.

Amidst a wealth of information and misinformation, a centralized and easy-to-use web-based tool has the ability to create a more informed patient population. Greater information dissemination has the potential to decrease hospital visits, patient anxiety, and in turn, can help to empower patients.

Patients are always in search of knowledge about their treatment, and healthcare professionals are always facing a dilemma of how to better communicate this knowledge. Our initiative aims to overcome this discrepancy by creating improved digital patient guides. The existing gap in communication between healthcare professionals and patients can be filled by using and adopting educational medical animations. With such innovation, patients are put “in the know” to the modalities of their treatment, and their knowledge base about what to expect can start at a much higher level than before.