Posted by:Richard Smith March 21st, 2014

Everybody agrees on this – patient’s participation in healthcare results in better health outcomes. Of course, patients are also happy to be involved in their care. But the challenging part is to ensure a meaningful participation from patients. The only way out is effective patient education.

Each patient should be educated and trained in accordance with the care/ treatment provided. So there is scope for enormous personalization depending on the cultural differences and specific needs. Traditional methods of using brochures or other printed materials, videos or DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, posters or charts, models or props won’t fit the bill anymore.

You may be familiar with various healthcare mobile apps. Perhaps you access patient records on your tablet or use dosage reference apps or make prescriptions using your smartphone.

So you are mobile. Remember, your patients are mobile too. But how often do you use them to explain a procedure to a patient?

Here are 3 ways to harness your mobile device to educate your patients.

Multimedia content

A visually appealing multimedia content is sure to sow some seeds in your patient’s mind. Be it while the patient is admitted, awaiting physician encounter or waiting for ER, multimedia content relevant to the patient’s condition could be pushed on to his mobile phone. The content could be of awareness and might end up saving a couple of minutes of the physician too.

Simulations

Explaining a disease condition or a treatment procedure to a patient could be a secret nightmare for a lot of physicians. Many a time, even the patient has difficulty in explaining the medical condition, disease, or disability. There are simulator apps that can come to your rescue in all of the above cases. An explanation using a simulator mobile app where the patient gets to see interactive details of the treatment, procedure, disease or condition makes her fully informed and pre-empts the concerns that she may have.

Post discharge care

A patient with chronic illness and a patient after hospitalization needs hand holding in certain areas like how and when to take  medication, what diet to follow, how to exercise, how to identify certain symptoms and so on – these are all educational apps.

Mobility plays a vital role in modern healthcare. Patient education is a goldmine for hospitals in order to offer more personalized care for their patients through the power of mobility.

What strategies have you implemented in your hospital for patient education? Have you implemented any mobile apps for the same?

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