Join our second annual RSM medical school e-consultation workshop

For two years in a row, Leicester Medical School has been successfully introducing its first year medical students to e-consultations, an interactive and virtual training program built in partnership with Patients Know Best (PKB). Since then, it has been expanded to three other schools including pharmacy at De Montfort University and has garnered a lot of attention from international schools.

Last year’s event was widely successful as Leicester Medical School and PKB reflected on their experiences, implications of the tool, and lessons learned.

This year, again hosted by Royal Society of Medicine, Leicester Medical School’s Dr. Ron Hsu and his team are sharing their thoughts and approaches about this training program and reflecting on what will be expected of future generations of physicians and pharmacists.

Anyone interested in helping medical students or doctors to learn e-consultation should consider attending this event. To sign up for this event on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, please email Dr. Ron Hsu at rth4@leicester.ac.uk.

Below is the detailed program and location. We hope to see you there!

“My Healthkit Toolbox” challenges the traditional role of medical devices and platforms

With the advent of the iWatch, Google Fit, and other health technology, new breeds of commercial medical devices and platforms are challenging the traditional view of medical visits, medical data and medical innovation. This past March, Cambridge Wireless Healthcare brought together special interest groups in healthcare to spend half a day talking about their current innovations. Continue reading

Findacure: A new way to look for treatments

Rare diseases, by the US definition, are diseases that affect 1 in 1,500 people. However, according to the NIH there are about 6,000 to 7,000 different types of rare diseases, affecting 25 to 30 million Americans. In the UK, there are about 3.5 million people who have rare diseases.

That doesn’t sound rare at all. Findacure is an advocate for these sufferers. Findacure is a social enterprise started by Dr. Nick Sireau whose aim is to raise awareness and funding for these diseases. In fact, Findacure does not call these diseases rare; they call them fundamental. Continue reading

PKB partners with Obli

Obli is an intelligent device that monitors fluid intake, uses a system of colored lights and sounds to remind patients to drink fluids and notifies the carers of how much or how little fluid the patient has taken in. This persuasive technology can prevent dehydration in elderly patients or chemotherapy patients, whilst also preventing over-hydration in renal dialysis patients.

Obli is now partnering with Patients Know Best, meaning that fluid monitoring data can also be brought onto the patient’s medical record. By bringing in data from home devices, medical teams can monitor how the patient is doing between appointments instead of only seeing a snapshot of patients at appointments. Additionally, sharing the data in real-time gives family and the healthcare team the ability to provide accurate advice or changes to treatment and care.

It’s easy to connect a device like Obli to your PKB record. The most straightforward way is to log into your PKB account and click on Apps and then Devices and then add a Device. From there, you will see a list of consumer devices such as Obli, Fitbit, Withings will appear. Click on Connect where you will be prompted to enter information regarding your consumer device. Once the device is connected, information such as your fluid intake will automatically appear in your PKB medical record. Continue reading

Mobile apps providing a helping hand

How useful would it be if you could lend your eyes to a blind person in need of finding out the expiration date on a carton of milk? Or if a diabetic forgot her glucose meter and a stranger within five feet may be able to lend her one? Or if a disabled person could find a clean accessible public restroom with a quick search on his phone?

The power of mobile technology is truly amazing when you see how it can help people with disabilities or diseases live normal lives. For all of the scenarios above and more, brilliant and caring people have begun making lives easier and we would like to feature some of these useful and beautifully designed apps on our blog as they also inspire us. (We would like to recognize and thank Product Hunt for recommending these apps to us.) Continue reading

More translations added to PKB

Last year, we added a language bar feature within PKB in order to increase accessibility to medical information for patients and their families. This language bar appears on every single page of PKB and translates the page to help patients understand their lab results, discussions with clinicians, care plans etc. in their preferred language. This year, we’ve expanded the feature by adding more translations to reach people from all corners of the world. We now have a total of 18 languages including Greek, Russian and Turkish within our new additions. Continue reading

PKB at Eastern AHSN’s Partner Forum

The NHS is tackling massive challenges and is quickly becoming the lead on raising quality care standards and providing personalisation and control to patients in healthcare. Central to this approach has been to open up the NHS to innovation (executed first by publishing principles and strategies in the personalised health and care 2020 document) and to actively discuss concrete goals, challenges and expectations in the Eastern AHSN’s first Partner Forum. Continue reading