“If patient engagement were a drug, it would be the blockbuster drug of the century…” (1) a key finding of one of the numerous research studies into patient management carried out here and in the States. Each proves that well-informed and engaged patients are better at self management of their own conditions. Further, better self-management means fewer hospital visits, which in turn means lower healthcare costs and less call on the NHS.
An integral part of better patient management is quality patient information; information that is clear, easy to understand and presented in a user friendly format. That’s where we come in.
Interlagos, in conjunction with one of the country’s most progressive NHS Foundation Trusts, Sheffield Teaching Hospital, has developed ground breaking Patient Information Publishing Software (PIPS) that allows the trust to produce and manage over 1600 patient leaflets with just two Patient Information Administrators. This new online tool has not only dramatically transformed the way Sheffield manage their patient information but has also allowed them to produce high quality printed information in a fraction of the time it took previously.
The ease of use of the system and the speed of turnaround has resulted in large-scale acceptance of PIPS.
We are now pleased to announce a further enhancement of the Interlagos PIPS system. A new joint venture with Health and Care Videos, a trading arm of Torbay and South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, means we can now add access to audiovisual input to a printed patient information leaflet.
The PIPS system works by simply adding a special code to the leaflet which when scanned by the patient’s phone, accesses a video relevant to the patient’s care programme. Visual prompts supporting the spoken word is acknowledged to be easier, more user friendly learning method, giving patients a more comprehensive understanding of the information we want them to take on board. A demonstration of an exercise or procedure is so much better communicated and assimilated through the moving image.
This exciting development is now available to all NHS Trusts helping you to further enhance the quality of the information supplied to your patients. A video library is available through PIPS or the system can include any videos produced independently by you or your NHS Trust.
We believe that PIPS in conjunction with Health and Care Videos could be “the next blockbuster drug”.