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

NIB’s call to action for personalised health

In November, the National Information Board released a document detailing a framework for action, titled personalised health and care 2020. In it, the NIB set out strategies for addressing the challenges facing the healthcare industry by embracing technology and data.

The delivery aims are:

  • ‘enable me to make the right health and care choices’;
  • ‘give care professionals and carers access to all the data, information and knowledge they need’;
  • ‘make the quality of care transparent’;
  • ‘build and sustain public trust’;
  • ‘bring forward life-saving treatments and support innovation and growth’;
  • ‘support care professionals to make the best use of data and technology’;
  • ‘assure best value for taxpayers’.

The aims of this framework invite openness and collaboration. It is, as Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli has said before,

not a case of asking hardworking GPs to work even longer, [but] of looking at how the whole of the NHS can work smarter – using the latest innovations in healthcare that are already available. – theinformationdaily.com

We believe PKB fits well within NIB’s framework. Patients using PKB have complete access to their medical records allowing them to make the right choices regarding their health. They and their proxies invite all the necessary parties (GPs, specialists, family, social care workers, hospital IT systems, GP IT systems etc…) to view and add to their health record, giving care professionals and carers the most up to date information on the patient. PKB’s platform also allows for collaboration around the patient as well as opportunities for other bright minds to innovate (from collaborating with other tech companies in hackathons to bridging the gap between researchers and patients).

Through this openness and collaboration, the NIB is setting the foundation for innovation and improved quality of care for all patients.

PKB Customer Event, 11th December, Manchester

2014 has been a period of huge growth for PKB, with staff numbers and customer sites expanding rapidly, so it’s important that at times we take the chance to come together and reflect on developments. The end of November saw a team meeting in London with PKB colleagues coming from all over the world to meet in person.

We also decided to organise a similar event for our customers, this time in Manchester. It was great to see the mix of current colleagues such as the Perinatal Institute alongside new contacts looking to discover what PKB can do for them (and the healthcare challenges their organisations face). Mohammad gave a brief update on what is to come next year, including new graphics for the measurements pages and the Think Ahead initiative being launched in Irish Hospices, encouraging people to make decisions for their end of life care well in advance. The event was a great chance to get to know our customers outside of emails and meetings, as well as giving customers an opportunity to see how PKB is used elsewhere – encouraging cross-pollination of ideas. We hope to make these events a regular occurrence and look forward to welcoming you at the next one.

Thank you to everyone who came, and also to those who sent their apologies and wished us luck. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our friends and customers; we look forward to working with you all in 2015!

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New Feature: Streaming videos directly inside your PKB account

Our newest feature allows clinicians, patients, and carers to stream video files in their PKB account without downloads to ensure the security of the files. To do so, make sure the video file is uploaded to the Files Tab in PKB (Home > Files > Add file). Once the video file is uploaded, click on ‘view’ to stream video directly in PKB.

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We started working on this feature at the request of a hospital using PKB for children who have seizures. Usually the child has to be admitted to hospital to give enough time for a professional to witness the seizure, which in turn allows diagnosing of epilepsy.

Now, a carer can use their smartphone to record a video of the seizure and upload onto PKB. A quick click to discuss will send the notification to the patient’s healthcare team. The clinician can diagnose using the video and the child no longer has to come into hospital.

Later in the year we are rolling out video streaming to other parts the record, including discussion attachments and radiology images.

PKB raises $1.7 million with Maxfield Capital

We are excited to announce that venture capital fund Maxfield Capital is investing in Patients Know Best. Alexander Lazarev of Maxfield Capital said:

We believe the Patients Know Best approach of putting the patient at the heart of their healthcare management is unique. It solves the problem of a fragmented Electronic Healthcare Record market, which sees many different healthcare providers developing siloed information systems and thus prevents patient information flowing freely between organisations.

Our full press release and Tech City News article are included below.

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