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We are changing the way personal health is managed, making people’s lives easier, and opening up a multi-billion pound market in the process. We’ve built an impressive digital platform to help patients and clinicians share medical data online that is being used in the UK and abroad.

We are expanding and we are looking for people to join us in our adventures.

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BBC Healthy Visions Series

At the end of March, BBC Radio 4 produced a five episode series called Health Visions to focus on the questions healthcare experts are asking that are changing healthcare. Starting from the role of the doctor to managing healthcare as a society, the BBC interviewed physicians, patients, executives, academics, social entrepreneurs and senior figures in the NHS to understand how healthcare is changing and how the term ‘health’ is evolving.

In case you missed it, we have all the episodes below. Continue reading

Leciester medical school teaches how they taught their medical students

Earlier this month, Dr. Jane Bethea ran a workshop to teach medical educators her experience in teaching online consultations at the University of Leicester Medical School. Leicester is the first medical school in the world to teach online consultations as part of the medical curriculum, and they are doing so using Patients Know Best software. The faculty is doing amazing work and I always enjoy watching and learning from their experiences.

If you are available to see Jane and colleagues at the Royal Society of Medicine this May, it is well worth registering to join us for the evening. Here are some highlights for me. The video includes a good introduction about PKB and a reminder about Leicester’s psychometric testing. Each student is part of a group, and the testing ensures that the students will work together well over time.

Alongside Jane is Andy, a GP and educator, who heard about the program after reading the BMJ blog describing the first year of the program; and Rachel, who volunteered as a patient avatar and put the students through some impressive questioning. The questions originate from translations of curriculum teaching points by course leader Dr Ron Hsu. One of the questions she made up showed how useful online consultations are for safeguarding children. Mary said they encouraged the avatars to use the ethos of PKB by speaking their minds when they were not happy with the care they received from the students.

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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 the 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