Have you ever researched online for relevant information about a medical condition?
Its almost impossible to get past the advertisements for doctors, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and manufacturers.
The low-tech “Disney-Dr. Seuss” styled book, “Everybody Needs A Hippo” helps patients describe what contributes to their personal “Qualities of Life” (QoL) and enables a medical provider to incorporate the patient’s QoL into the treatment plan, ensuring a greater chance of a successful outcome. The idiosyncratic QoL of each patient takes into consideration both physical and psychological factors, e.g. gross motor, fine motor, neurological, mental, spiritual and physiological preferences.
This book along with software that identifies medicines and procedures likely to interfere or improve the patient’s QoL, provides an almost immediate understanding of the likelihood of post-treatment QoL. The patient can then make an informed choice about treatment plan and remove the burden of decision making from the doctor, creating a true collaboration of provider and patient.
Medicare pays for life-planning sessions with providers and having a nurse meet with four patients at a time in a work session to help the patients identify their QoL will be economically feasible and beneficial for both the patient and the medical team. Once “Your Dag Chart” is completed then the software can process the data in minutes allowing for patients to have a clear, unbiased understanding of their medical future.