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World Health Day Talk

April 6th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow is World Health Day. Dr. Aniruddha Malpani is organising a free seminar “Putting Patients First” in Mumbai. I will also be speaking. Here are the details.

Doctors may be failing to prescribe one of the most powerful treatments known to man ! While the doctor may be an expert on the pharmacology of the latest drugs, its a sad fact that most doctors today are guilty of not dispensing one of the most powerful therapeutic tools they have at their disposal information.

We all know that knowledge is power and that information can be is powerful medicine. Much of what happens in health care is about information – information about lab results, diagnoses, drugs, or referrals. Access to information gives the patient control over his own health and well-being. And the power of information grows when the patient and doctor are able to share it. Unfortunately, patient education is a concept most doctors just pay lip service too , because they are often too busy and dont have enough time.

Unfortunately, as a result of this, both doctors and patients lose in the bargain . Patients are often unhappy and dissatisfied when their doctor does not provide information. They then go to google to hunt for information on their own and often get lost and confused. Doctors are also upset when they are confronted with patients who carry tons of internet printouts most of which are garbage.

The best solution is Information Therapy Prescribing the Right Information to the Right Person at the Right Time . This is now routine in many clinics in USA. Don Kemper, CEO of Healthwise, USA (the world leader in this field) , will be presenting a seminar on Information Therapy, so that this becomes a routine part of medical practice in India too.

Patient education resource centers should be an integral part of all hospitals and clinics . Patients represent healthcare’s largest resource – and they have been untapped so far. Patient education can help patients to become better patients !

Speakers at this seminar include:

Don Kemper . Information Therapy the US experience. Problems and Prospects;
Dr Aniruddha Malpani, Medical Director, HELP . How can we get doctors in India to prescribe information ?;
Mr Rajesh Jain, CEO, Netcore. Helping patients become better informed the business opportunity for entrepreneurs in e-healthcare;
Mr Rakesh Jhunjhunwalla, Investor. Why I am bullish on health care in India

This is a free seminar which will be held at HELP on World Health Day, 7 April 2006, from 11 am 1 pm. Everyone is welcome to participate ! Information is Powerful Medicine !

The venue:
HELP – Health Education Library for People
Excelsior Business Center,
National Insurance Building,
Ground Floor, Near Excelsior Cinema,
206, Dr.D.N Road, Mumbai-01
Tel. No.:55852393 / 55852394

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