Patient Programs: Improving the pathologies management
by Ángel Pablo Barrera and Patricia Domínguez, September 18, 2019
If you are or have been a patient, you will understand the importance of each of the steps that are taken within the entire “journey” of the disease, since each of them moves you away or takes you near your recovery. This is known as “patient journey”: the set of steps that are taken by a patient during the treatment from the moment of diagnosis. This patient journey includes the entire flow, both inside and outside the hospitals, and reflects the patient’s ability and disposition to face the path of their disease.
During this process, it is increasingly important that the patient remain active and informed about their pathology and treatment making them more aware and allowing them to have greater control over the same. To achieve this, we deploy what are known as “patient programs”, specific patient support programs, which provides information according to where the patient is on their journey.
These programs are adapted to each patient, serving as an accompaniment during the course of their disease and providing information not only on their pathology, but also on other aspects that can indirectly affect them. This can help patients stay more informed about physical exercise, nutrition, emotional and psychological state.
During the development of the patient program, having the patient’s perspective is a key factor, since it allows to obtain a more “real” and precise vision of their condition and treatment in a simpler way. Thus, the patient not only receives information that may be useful to manage their conditions but also has the opportunity to provide data related to their quality of life, very relevant to understanding, among other aspects, the compliance with treatment and the degree of knowledge they have regarding their pathology.
Relying on technology for the implementation of these programs is, among other factors, the key to its success, as it facilitates this work by making it available for the patient.
At Persei vivarium we are currently working in this new reality, thanks to our app, Caaring® (Real-World Patient Journey). Through it, we are deploying programs for specific patients for each pathology, which allows it to accompany them during their treatment, providing information adapted to the particular stage of the disease that they are at, as well as a series of activities that allows them to be more involved and have greater control of their disease.
This type of programs, are not only important for the patient, but also very interesting for the doctor and other members of the health sector, as it allows them to understand patients’ improvement based on their level of adherence to the program, thus being able to adapt their treatment in this manner.
The implementation of the patient program opens a new scenario of possibilities. Now we must continue working to put the patient at the center of their pathology, providing them with the right tools so that they can continue to get involved and improve their quality of life, with the help of technology.
Ángel Pablo Barrera