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Patient Information Forum

Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will have a greater awareness of:

  • their own knowledge and interactions with health information
  • the importance of health literacy and accessible information
  • good quality health information resources
  • resources and techniques to help assess the quality health information
  • supporting material and organisations

What is the Patient Information Forum?

  • The Patient Information Forum (PIF) is the ‘go to’ UK membership organisation and network for people working in, and involved with, healthcare information and support. We are not-for-profit and independent.
  • We have a network of over 600+ members, representing every kind of information and support producer and provider, including the NHS, voluntary, commercial, academic and freelance sectors.
  • 89% of respondents in the 2017 PIF membership survey said they strongly agreed or agreed that they would recommend PIF membership to a friend.

What does PIF do?

  • We provide support to individuals and organisations to help them provide the best health information for patients.
  • We deliver practical resources to increase expertise for all those who share our vision, including delivering events, online discussion groups and a weekly e-newsletter.
  • We influence to ensure improving the quality of health information is high up on the agenda across the whole NHS and health sector
  • We work on projects, with patients and clinicians, to map their perfect patient information journey
  • We provide a best practice toolkit and updates to support the creation of high quality health information.
  • We highlight research and reports on key health information topics.

Producing Health Information for Children

The information PIF sends out is wonderful and it lets me know that I am not alone and I get fantastic insights on what others are doing in the same areas of communication and engagement. Then it’s a case of not re-inventing the wheel. If anyone’s looking for help and information and education, this is a great organisation.

Perfect Patient Information Journey

Why do we do it? 

  • We believe high quality health information is the cornerstone of achieving the best experience for patients, and putting them in control of their well-being, treatment and care.
  • We know that getting health information right is good for the patient and good for the NHS. It improves patients’ outcomes and saves the NHS money.

Our 2013 report, Making the case for information, outlined tangible benefits of investing in high quality patient information, including reduced GP demand.

Is knowledge power?

Patient views on the information they were given

  • 36% felt they were not given helpful information at first diagnosis
  • 32% find it difficult to access trustworthy information on their condition
  • 20% felt they did not have enough information to feel confident in discussing decisions about their treatment with their doctor

I wasn't a typical case

I wasnt given enough information to make a choice

I ask a lot of questions

Providers of online health information need to be aware of the searching behaviour of patients and their carers. Access, or lack of, to online health information and the literacy to be able to understand it, is causing a disparity in health outcomes.

  • Access to the Internet
    • UK has highest proportion of households with Internet access (82%)
  • Searching behaviour
    • More likely to search if they have chronic conditions
    • Disparity due to poverty and lack of Internet access
    • Knowledge of clinical terminology
  • Quality of online health information
    • Incorrect information leads to poor decisions
    • No requirement to adhere to quality standard
  • Shared decision-making
    • Involved patients are more likely to be compliant

Accessible Information Standard

  • From 1st August 2016, all organisations that provide NHS care and / or publicly-funded adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.
  • The Standard sets out a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

Quality tools

The Information Standard Information Standard

Kitemark launched in 2009 – Now owned by NHS England

Six aspects of producing good quality information

  1. Information production process
  2. Evidence sources
  3. User understanding and involvement
  4. End product
  5. Feedback
  6. Review

discern online  – Assessing quality

  • Checklist of 16 questions
  • Authorship – Who wrote the content and what are their credentials? Are they qualified to provide this information?
  • Attribution – is it clear how the information was generated, e.g. is it referenced?
  • Disclosure – is the web-site sponsored by anyone who might have a commercial gain? When did they write it? Who did they write it for?
  • Currency – is there a date to indicate age of the content?

Consumer health information sources

PIF resources

PIF supports members with a range of events, a weekly e-newsletter which rounds up health information news, and resources including:

  • PIF website and Toolkit – which includes resources on communicating risk
  • Accessible Information Group – established to support people involved in implementing the new mandatory NHS England Accessible Information Standard (AIS)
  • Events – Shared Decision Making, Digital Health Information, Communicating Risk

Presented at our conference Empowering Patients with Information Technology

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The website promocode.com.ph announces yearly food blogger award to promote the country’s best food bloggers!

Promocode.com is a huge success in providing the best deals on products and services available online. The deals and offers are guaranteed to be up-to-date. Each voucher is assured to be valid and authentic. Our team has been working with the best and the most reputable companies to provide our clients better service.

In line with our accomplishments, we created our Blog Awards wherein we recognize the best in digital talent. We acknowledge the immense effort that is invested into creating insightful blogs. The commitment and creativity that is devoted by each blogger are truly remarkable. It is a fact that blogging, with proper exposure, can become an influential tool especially in the business world. Blogging has come a long way since it was introduced in the late 90’s. Blogging is now used by millions which gives the bloggers and its readers the confidence to trust especially when it talks about brands.

promocode.com.ph gives recognition to different blogs in the Philippines. With our Philippine Blog Awards, we put the country’s best bloggers in the spotlight. Monetary prize is given to winning and worthy bloggers. This year, we started our Food Blog Awards wherein we have 23 qualified nominees and winners will be announced in less than a month. Our food blog award is such an achievement on our part that we decided to make it an annual event. Our awards category does not only end there. We also created categories such as food blogs, travel blogs, fitness blogs and tech blogs. Recognition is also given to mommy bloggers by creating a top list for mommy blogs in the Philippines.

We are happy to announce that our company is present in 14 countries worldwide. And we are one of the biggest independent code sites here in the Philippines. You can see where we operate on our voucher code website.

We believe that blogging is the future. Philippine bloggers possess the best talent and creativity in writing and we believe that Filipino bloggers will have a lot of influence in the near future. We wanted to give importance in building a quality relationship with our Filipino bloggers. We are more than willing to extend our hand to promote Philippine blogs internationally. We acknowledge the hard work and dedication of each writer and we will do our best to help any blogger gain international recognizance.

Any enthusiastic Filipino blogger may join our awards.

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New Plastic Surgery Website Launched

The plastic surgery website, BrazilianButtLift.com, is aimed at doctors specializing in cosmetic enhancement.  Created by successful entrepreneurs Marco Brand and Richard Hendry, it the latest addition to their already impressive portfolio of high ranking websites. As Richard Hendry explains, “We are investing heavily in SEO with this domain in order to ensure it gets to the top of rankings in Google, Yahoo and Bing.”

Track Record for High Ranking Websites

Brand and Hendry already have an impressive track record for using SEO to achieve top ranking websites on Google and Marco Brand is justifiably proud of this achievement, “we have more than 10 No.1 ranking websites.” 

In the late 90’s, Hendry was the CIO of an artificial intelligence company, working in St. Petersburg, Russia, with 400 developers.  When the internet bubble crashed, he began working on website from home and by 2003 had an SEO business for small companies

Brand and Hendry, business partners for over a decade, realized that their most profitable clients were cosmetic surgery businesses so they began to focus on that sector and became specialists in the field of liposuction.

Increasing Demand for Plastic Surgery

The USA is the market leader for cosmetic surgery and accounts for roughly 45% of the world market. In 2016 contouring procedures showed the most increase, growing by 16.3%. Included in this category are procedures such as facelifts, abdominoplasty, buttock implants, including the Brazilian Butt Lift and liposuction.

There is an increasing demand for plastic surgery, not only in the USA, but on a global basis.  According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2015 more than 13.5 billion was spent on first time procedures in plastic surgery. This was an increase of $1.5 billion from the expenditure on both surgical and non-surgical procedures combined from 2014 to 2015.

This website will be a fantastic addition to the liposuction related websites already available to surgeons to advertise their clinics. Brazilian Butt Lift is the perfect partner for liposuction since when the fat is removed from one area of the body by liposuction it can be injected back in, to change the size and shape of the butt.

Achieving No 1 Ranking

As Brand explains, “What we will be selling is the traffic at the top of Google for Brazilian Butt Lift.  This already has more than 75,000 searches a month and is growing.  This is how we do it.  We produce interesting pages on our website then promote them to news and other websites to get links back to our site.  Google rewards us for the links by giving a higher ranking.”

The website is expected to generate $20K per month in revenue for five years. For a total investment of less than $50.000, Brand and Hendry anticipate a profit of over one million dollars. The minimum ROI to achieve this success would be about 10K per month.

Given that the predicted growth of cosmetic surgery procedures if 8.9% (including “cosmetic surgery tourism” to the USA from affluent people in developing parts of the world is due to increase by 8.9% by 2020, there is every chance of achieving or surpassing their goal.

Brand states, “We feel good when we wake up in the morning knowing that we can create a million-dollar turnover using just skill and knowledge.  The American Dream is still alive and there is more opportunity than ever.

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In 2015, the government made a pledge to assist UK patients to access more online pharmacy services to help the NHS save money. It also made attempts to examine the payments of the sector to ensure the presence of efficiency, innovation and healthy competition. Today, the pharmacy is a major foundational pillar of modern medicine.

In the UK especially, competition has grown with intensity, revenues are now capped, and many expect the pharmacies to begin managing chronic conditions. For a long time, independent pharmacies have been the backbone of the country’s community, but are at risk of being rendered obsolete as more major players surface and capture the market’s value.

Intention to Purchase Online Increases

The industry has continued to consolidate gradually with the rise of supermarkets and out-of-town shopping that present intense competition in the pharmacy landscape. The pharmacy models are also changing with community dispensing dominating in commodity generics. In the modern world, mail-order and internet services are strongly taking over the distribution of pharmaceuticals, and this has seen the growth of online pharmacies in the UK. With the rise of internet savvy consumers, brick and mortar pharmacies will no longer be the only option for consumers to receive their medication.

Today, consumers want it all, from personal care products to prescription services, with their only worry being convenience, expertise and accessibility. This leaves the community pharmacy in a tricky position. As dispensing continues to be a commodity, online pharmacies have developed a sustainable revenue stream that focuses on monetising their role in healthcare.

Online Pharmacies Save Time and Money

In England especially, online pharmacies play a great role in helping patients save both time and money on their prescriptions. An experienced pharmacist provides quality healthcare and uses their clinical expertise and practical knowledge to advise consumers on common problems such as aches, coughs, colds and healthy eating. They can also advise patients to visit a health professional when need be. For patients with a long-term condition under new prescription, online pharmacists are always ready to explain and advice on how the medicine should be taken and the side effects associated with it.

Patients tend to gather more confidence when dealing with online pharmacists, whom they have been noted to talk about very personal and sensitive symptoms and matters, unlike is the case with community services. Typically, it is safe to say that the rise of online pharmacies has changed the norm of medicine in the UK. With the rise of the online market, what should consumers know?

Online Pharmacies Facts

First, consumers need to steer clear of unregulated websites as these are common causes of fake medicine distribution that could potentially harm their health. In the UK, only selected few online pharmacies are regulated to offer online prescriptions. The regulation is designed to assure patients that the pharmacy meets certain standards in terms of who can legally dispense medication. The General Pharmaceutical Council has the responsibility of regulating online pharmacies to ensure that only generic medication is being delivered to consumers.

Normally, UK online pharmacies offer their medication at relatively low prices and in greater quantities. Patients also benefit from the anonymity, giving them the chance to describe embarrassing health conditions.

The other positive side of online pharmacies is that they have the capacity to provide rationed medicines that are not often provided in National Health Services such as facial hair reduction creams. Patients also prefer online services as they can obtain non-prescribed medicines. With the high rise of online pharmaceutical services, it is necessary to find out if the provider is regulated to avoid falling into the hands of a quack.

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With nearly all industries moving toward a more digital presence, it is no surprise that healthcare has taken a similar turn. Patients are demanding greater access to care in the UK, and online service providers are making an effort to meet this growing need. Just like brick-and-mortar health facilities, like dentists, hospitals, care homes, and specialists have an obligation to abide by standards set by the Care Quality Commission – the regulator of all health and social care services in England – online healthcare services must do the same. Unfortunately, a recent report published by the CQC highlights the perils some patients face when trusting the digital trend sweeping healthcare providers.

Dangers in Unsuitable Prescriptions

Errors in prescription medications take place in traditional pharmacy settings and doctor’s office around the world, but the anonymity of online pharmacies creates a higher probability of errors taking place. The most recent CQC report focused on digital healthcare service providers highlights some of the most glaring examples of substandard care in prescribing medications to patients. First, a widely known online pharmacy was found prescribing a large number of opioid-based medications without having a foundational system in place to confirm patients’ medical history or prescription track record. The CQC issued a restriction on the company, forcing it to limit its prescriptions until a sustainable system was established.

Another online pharmacy was cited for prescribing a high number of asthma inhalers, not in line with best practices of traditional providers. The company failed to implement a review system for new prescriptions, putting patients’ lives at risk. In this case, the CQC issued a warning to the online pharmacy to update its practices immediately. Other online providers were cited for not adequately reviewing patient medical histories prior to approving a requested prescription, and accurately identifying GP assessments before prescribing medicine to certain patients. Although the published reports from the CQC are helpful in bringing to light the risk patients face in using online healthcare services, there is only so much the organization can do to stave off potentially fatal issues that arise due to nonexistent safeguards among companies operating online.

How Patients can Help

The risks of using pharmacies and other healthcare services through a digital platform are growing as more individuals seek out immediate care for health-related issues. A representative from a team of medical negligence solicitors dealing with cases of prescription claims and those where harm is caused due to medication mistakes explains the most significant issue online providers present to the public. In essence, the same standard of care should extend beyond traditional settings in which doctors, nurses, specialists, and pharmacists are providing care face-to-face to those who offer medical guidance online. Patients deserve the highest quality care available, and online companies along with the people who work for them have an obligation to protect those who seek their services. That can be done by abiding by the best practices laid out by the CQC, including understanding the medical history of the patient, other medications the patient may be taking, and the recommendations of the patient’s GP.

Patients using online healthcare providers have a responsibility to do their due diligence when working with a primary care, pharmacy, or specialist company. The best step to take is to ensure that the organization is registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA by searching the company name, number, or website online. Additionally, any website that sells medicine to the public is required to show the EU common logo for potential patients to see. As the Care Quality Commission continues its objective to maintain a safe and high-quality healthcare environment for patients in England, individuals can do their part by being knowledgeable of the risks they face when conducting medical business online.

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With the increasing rise in medical costs, more and more people are looking to the Internet for a cheaper solution. This is not to even mention the crisis that the health care system is in. If you are a working individual going to the doctor just isn’t worth it unless it a dire situation. With that being, the Internet can provide tons of low costing solutions, but there are things that you need to be aware of before just blindly purchasing medications online. Below, you will learn about the different risks that are involved with shopping for medications online.

Prices Can Change

The first thing that you need to be aware of is that sometimes the prices of online medication can change. Some pharmacy sites will post lowball prices just to pull you in, and when you are least expecting it they will raise the price. This is something that Canada Drugs pharmacies will definitely never do. All the prices listed on this site are up-to-date and accurate as possible.

Additional Fees

Along with the changing of the prices a lot of online pharmacies will charge you additional fees. For instance, there is probably going to be a shipping fee, which won’t be that substantial. However, there might also be a membership fee, which can cost a little more. This is a fee that sites charge just for setting up an account, so that you can order with them. Most sites are upfront about these types of fees, whereas there are some that are not, so this is something that you need to keep an eye on when shopping online.

Counterfeit Substances

Do you ever wonder why some online pharmacies are able offer such a lower price than legitimate pharmacies? A lot of times this is because they are selling you counterfeit medications. While the medication looks exactly the same it may not produce the same results. Both name brand and generic medications can be faked, which means that the medication may not contain all the ingredients that it normally would. It could also contain additional ingredients that could be harmful or even fatal to your health.

Don’t Safeguard Your Health

Online pharmacies do not know you medical history and there are a lot of them out there that don’t safeguard your health. If an online pharmacy is offering medications that require a prescription you probably want to stay away from this pharmacy. This is probably a good sign that they are selling counterfeit medications. Even if the medication isn’t counterfeit you should never buy prescription medication unless a licensed physician has prescribed it to you, because it could be harmful to you. Just because your neighbor took a certain type of antibiotic to clear up his illness it doesn’t necessarily means that the same medication will work wonders for you.

Protection Of Personal Information

Anytime you shop for anything online there is a chance that someone can get ahold of your credit card information. Websites are also not allowed to share your contact and billing information with other individuals or companies. This is why they post privacy policies guaranteeing that they won’t share your information. Most online transactions are usually secured through the use of some kind of encryption software, which prevents people from getting ahold of your personal and billing information. However, if a pharmacy is selling you fake or counterfeit medications then there is a good chance that they aren’t going to employ these kinds of tactics.

Be on the look out for any online pharmacy that does not offer privacy policies. This could be a good sign that they don’t care about protecting your information.  If you find your credit rating is not good you can get it repaired.

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Health is wealth. To maintain a healthy body, you need to consume a balanced diet, exercise on a regular basis along with taking sufficient amount of sleep. To avoid unwanted maladies, people consult medical experts. With globalisation at its peak, it is easy to access almost everything. Everything is turned online. With the inclusion of medication in the globalisation spectrum, you can know about your health from home without visiting physicians. Many patients today are seeking advice from online doctors. Online medical consultations are a norm today. Below are few pros and cons of online health consultancy:

Pros:

  • Online health adviser is not limited by actual boundaries. You can access to reputed doctors throughout the world that would otherwise not be available to you. For some reason, if you are not able to leave your home and access to the traditional treatment centres, services like these would provide you with an advantage.
  • Self-diagnosis is a dangerous option. You can look for the cures on Google relevant to your symptoms, but it can never substitute for consulting a doctor. Websites are providing online consultations and online pharmacies like Europa Pharmacy.
  • It is cost effective. Visiting a doctor in person could cost you more than seeking for online medical advice.
  • Most online health service providers operate 24 hours.

Cons:

  • To reach a better decision, doctors take help of diagnostic reports. Online consultation acts like a barrier to fetch reports.
  • It opens a new door for selling prescription drugs. Scam operations are present that target on selling cheap medications.
  • There is no transparency in the sense that you cannot be sure about the qualification of the doctor.

However online medical consultancy is at its boom these days. People still use them because it does provide them sufficient level of comfort in all aspects. But how does it work? There are numerous websites available where you can seek medical advice. Doctors get paid for the answer they provide to the patients, so this can to some extent support the validity of their answers. Some websites allow you to contact doctors from best hospitals. Their blogs provide reliable solutions to everyday common health conditions such as stress issues. JustDoc, one of the websites, allows you to contact doctors through audio and video calls. You can even attach your medical reports if you have one assist the doctor working on you. Sometimes you may get an instant answer depending on the nature and severity of the disease. Lab tests can be performed and shipped directly to your doorstep, which further is convenient. Doctors can sign up on any of their desired website which will provide them with a platform to practice medicine online. They just have to create a profile entering required details such as qualifications and specialities. These websites enable the doctors to connect to their potential clients online and making them earn handsome amount of money.

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